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Assam boy Saurav Chordia is behind the IAF’s special patches

Guwahati, May 18, 2019:

21-year-old talent Saurav Chordia from Assam is charting his own path at a time when most students are pressurized to forego their passions by overzealous parents who want them to either be doctors or engineers. Saurav, who is the son of a cloth merchant, has earned name and fame by creating innovative, unique and dazzling patches for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Saurav Chordia’s designed patch

Assam boy Saurav grew up in a small town called Basugaon, inhabited by less than 20,000 people, in Lower Assam’s Chirang district.  but his love for the endless skies and the obsession with the cloud-parting aircraft of the air force meant that destiny would take him down a different path. Saurav has honed his designing skills on the Anandaram Barooah award laptop which his brother was awarded in 2010 by the Assam Govt after securing first division in matriculation exams.

The Assam youth’s innovative designs IAF has earned him the favor of the sky-warriors and he has designed over a hundred patches for the airborne warriors. In fact, he designed the first squadron patches of the Tejas aircraft in the year 2016 when it was first inducted into the Indian Air Force. He has also designed patches for the 9-aircraft Formation Aerobatic Team of the Indian Air Force.

An aviation enthusiast by passion and videogame designer by profession, the 21-year-old passed out from Noida-located Amity University with a degree in Political Science in 2018. What is even more baffling is that he did his Higher Secondary from the Commerce Stream. The multi-faceted talent comes from a commerce and business family, as one of his brothers is a Chartered Accountant and the other is going down the same career path.

Patches designed by Saurav Chordia

The youngster’s interest in designing patches for the IAF stems from a love for aviation and anything airborne.

An eye-condition deterred him from joining the Air Forces as he knew he would not be selected. But, his resolve to be somehow be connected with the boys in the sky led him to start designing patches. When he was merely 18 years of age, his talent was discovered by someone from the Air Force on the internet and gradually, he started receiving more offers once his designs started going viral. He now receives a small stipend for his efforts.

Saurav has not looked back ever since and his beautiful designs have caught the attention of the nation’s collective conscious.

One of his patches reads ‘AMRAAM dodger’ and shows a colorful version of an Indian Air Force Su-30 MKI fighter jet. Several American-made AMRAAM missiles were fired by the Pakistan Air Force on February 27 but were unable to shoot down the IAF’s Sukhois, hence the reference. These creative designs are sure to boost the armed forces’ morale when push comes to shove and give them that tiny little edge in battle. His ability to create interesting and unique patches also look very colorful and attractive and, well, badass.

Saurav’s innovation and creativity has truly set him apart and this young talent hailing from a small town has literally been able to touch the skies with his creativity, dedication and passion.

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