Though his high school science teacher thought sixteen-year-old Ram Chugh, one of his most gifted students, should continue his education at a university, Ram’s concerned but struggling father had other ideas. Acceding to his father’s wishes, Ram soon found himself, in 1951, as a fitter armorer in the highly rank-conscious Indian Air Force.
Ram soon learned two things: The first was that he was considered the lowest of the low among the enlisted men in the ranks and that there was little hope for advancement, a depressing fact that was regularly thrown in his face. The second was that, unbeknownst to him and owning partly to the fact that he knew limited English, the enlistment forms he had been instructed to sign indicated that he had agreed to serve in the air force for thirty-eight years! “If there were a way out of my situation, I couldn’t think of one. It was a done deal. Like a bird in a not-so-gilded cage, I was trapped.”
Against All Odds is the true, inspiring story of a young man’s daunting quest to improve his lot in life and realize his vast, untapped potential despite enormous cultural biases, unbending military protocol, and exceedingly adverse circumstances.