Pune, Mar 8: Om Paithane, an Ola Cab driver from Pune, is set to fulfil his dream of becoming an Indian Army officer soon, thanks to a passenger who inspired him. Om will pass out from Chennai’s Officers Training Academy on March 10. Also Read - Hindustani Bhau Files a Police Complaint Against Ekta Kapoor For Inappropriate Sex Scene in a Web-Series

Om’s father is proud of his son’s achievement. “He always wanted to get into Army. We are proud that he has gone for the service of the country,” said his father. Also Read - With Article 370 Gone, Army Now Wants to Buy Land in J&K to Set up Camp

“Our family needed financial assistance. He used to manage both studies and driving. My father was a driver for almost 25 yrs and did not want us to get into that profession and wanted us to get more educated. Om used to hide from him that he is driving,” said Om’s brother Adinath.

Om was inspired by a passenger, Colonel Bakshi (Retired), whose first name he does not remember. “It is Col. Bakshi Sir who changed by life. Talking to me, he suggested about the opportunities in the armed forces and the Combined Defence Service (CDS) exams and even referred me to Lt. Col. Ganesh Babu, the then Director, Armed Forces Officers Selection Orientation Programme,” Om said.

After this, Om decided to appear for the CDS exams in 2016 and cleared it in his first attempt. He then cleared the Service Selection Board (SSB) exam in Bhopal to join the OTA for a year-long training.