“I may not have flown, but a part of me has flown… and that was the proudest moment for me.”
– Saurav Chordia
A 22-year-old, Saurav Chordia makes the nation proud with his contribution towards the pilot of Indian Air Force who flew Rafales touching base at the Ambala airbase. The young 3D Artist sparks with pride as the first 17 Squadron flew the aircraft wearing a patch designed by him.
Saurav Chordia belongs to Basugaon, Chirang district of Assam’s Bodoland region. It’s a small area, but the people from that region have motivated him to pursue his dreams beside his parents. He was born to a Marwadi family in Rajasthan. He did his HSLC from Kokrajhar and HS from Bongaigaon Commerce College; he did his graduation in Political Science from Amity University, Noida. His father is a cloth merchant and he has got one older brother who is a CA and one twin brother who is a CA finalist. Currently, Chordia works for a 3D gaming company in New Delhi.
Being fond of airplanes and Air Force, this young man dreamt of becoming a pilot, but his dream was unfulfilled because of his weak eyesight. Nevertheless, the young aviation enthusiast lived his dream through his design work. He started designing arm patches at the age of 18 and never stepped back to take challenges.
“I am into designing from the past 4 – 5 years. Last year I was allotted to the task to design patches for the Rafale 17 Squadron, it was supposed to be the first Squadron for the Indian Air Force impacting the Raffle Aircraft. It was a very proud moment for me at the same time it was quite a challenging job. The squadron was a very old squadron as it had seen many wars, and since they were inducting the raffle with a modern aircraft, the new design had to compliment the essence of the past at the same time offer a new look under modern aesthetics. So in that way it was a bit challenging job for me to come up with a design like this.”
The young man is into designing for a long time and his arm patches designs were appreciated by the Indian Air Force. He came up with many options at first, and then later two of his designs got approved.
“It took me around a week to complete the designs. I made a few options and made many alterations, after that my two designs were approved. The first patch design is with a circular patch – at the top it has the golden arrow’s name, in the below – the motto of the squadron (Udayam Ajasram/Arise Ever), and in the middle I have given the Indian touch (The Tricolor & Ashok Chakra) and at the top of it I have kept the Rafale Aircraft, and above that I kept the logo the Himalayan eagle. And the second one is shaped like the aircraft carrying the motto ‘Udayam Ajasram/Arise Ever’.”
Chordia believes it was no competition, being associated with design work for a long time, IAF chose him because he was the better fit for such tasks. On top, he also wanted to contribute something to the Indian Air Force.
“It was a proud moment for me because I wanted to fly, but since I could not, I thought of contributing something, I may not have flown, but a part of me has flown and I felt really proud.”
The 3D designer was passionate from a very young age; he first got accessed to computers because of his older brother. Also, his inspiration toward patch badges came from a Hollywood movie.
“I was passionate about all this things from a very young age, but my passion got doubled up in 2009 when my elder brother received a computer from Assam govt for scoring 1st division in matriculation. He was not so fond of computers then, so I took over his computer, installed graphics card and games being in 8th standard because I was fond of it. My passion for Air Force started growing when I watched a Hollywood movie – ‘Top Gun’, there I saw actor Tom Cruise wearing badges, it got me curious and I did my research about the badges. I found out that these badges are in service for a very long time, Indian Air Force also had it, but it was not that appealing, so I thought that I should also create something in those lines and that’s how I started. Once my work got the recognition they contacted me and I made those badges in September 2019.”
Apart from working as a 3D Artist, Chordia keeps his dream high; adds why he had done the patch design free of cost and what are his other hobbies.
“Currently I am working as a 3D Artist in New Delhi, but my dream is to hold a pilot license and I want to fly at least once in my lifetime. I have done the design work for free because this is something I am very passionate about, also I take this part as my hobby and I too wanted to contribute something.”
“I am also a badge collector; I have collected around 80 Air Force country’s badges that are close to around 5000 badges so far, those are mostly from European nation, UK, US, Israel, Russia and many more.”
The young boy surprisingly is a self-learner in design.
“Designing was self-taught to me, I never did any formal design course, it is my passion that got me learning and attaining what I love.”