The past has many things we may wish to forget, but difficult to do so. And some just cannot be forgotten, because that part of history has not affected just one person. To read about those after a long time, triggers those memories.
I don’t normally pick up non-fiction, but somehow, this book drew my attention. I felt it would be a difficult read because of the emotions involved, but worth doing so exactly because of that. Nearly two decades later, Diksha Dwivedi, who lost her father to that war, puts a different perspective to the war, one from the point of view of those brave soldiers who fought it. She does so through the letters and diaries of those soldiers.
The blurb of the book says it is intimate and emotional. Without a doubt, that is true. There is emotion there if one looks at it. These are unheard stories, and true stories at that. More than stories, the book gives a glimpse into the mind of every soldier who defends the country.
The author hasn’t tried to beat around the bush or use complex language. The success of the book lies in that it is simple, direct and tugs at the heart of the reader. To read the words from letters or diaries, or to picture the moment the soldier bids adieu to his family before going to do his duty, that’s not easy at all. I felt those instances to be more difficult to read, though there are places that describe the injustice meted out to the Indian soldiers by the enemy too.
I do not want to give spoilers. It’s not in first person perspective, which would have made it much more emotional, no doubt, but that much harder to write. The events are, perhaps, a bit randomly sorted. That’s one thing that comes to mind when I think of what the book can improve on.
Would I read the book again? Maybe not. The writing is good, and I applaud the effort of the author to compile this. But I’m not sure I want to relive the moments again. But I would gift it to someone I know would want to read it too. Not exactly a heavenly read, but I’d say it’s a score of seven.
|Title: Letters from Kargil|
|Author(s): Diksha Dwivedi||Genre: Non-fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9789386228437||Publisher: Juggernaut Books|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
7th November 2017)