America as I Saw It

America as I Saw It (Paperback, Sunil Sharan)

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    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Self Published
    • Genre: Biographies & Autobiographies
    • ISBN: 9798663994798, 8663994796
    • Edition: 1, 2020
    • Pages: 276
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    My father was an officer in the Indian army. He came from a landed family. My maternal grandfather was the richest man in North India. He is the sole founder of Delhi's famous Hindu College. My father was a rising star in the Indian Military Academy. He was labeled a "born general." Everyone expected him to become the head of the Indian army in due course of time. But political chicanery would see him done, nay, undone. The Indian army is one of the finest in the world. Nay, that is an understatement. It is the finest in the world. Just look at its record since the First World War. Fifty thousand men lost then. In its ranks are many warrior castes (some, like the Gurkhas and the Rajputs, are among the fiercest warriors in the world—the Gurkhas know no fear, attested British Field Marshal Montgomery -- the same Monty who utilized his Indian troops to drive the Desert Fox, the German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, out of East Africa in the Second World War). My father was very much a product of the British Raj. He was born in 1931, sixteen years before India’s independence, in 1947. Because his generation aped the Brits in style and mannerisms, they were pejoratively referred to as brown sahibs, and my father was an archetypal brown sahib. I grew up in army bases all over India. An army base in that nation is like suburban America: it is painted and polished all over, a far cry from the teeming chaos that is the rest of the country. English is the primary language on base, both in school and at home. My mother tongue is Hindi, but my first language from the day I was born has been English. It is the language in which I think, write and speak.
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    • Writing is in Sunil’s genes. His father, Lt. Col. B.R. Sharan, was a prolific writer whose books include Status of Indian Women: A Historical Perspective. Sunil grew up in a home where five languages were spoken: English, Hindi, French, Punjabi, and Urdu. He has also learned German. With a gift for language and literature, Sunil won numerous prizes in school and university for writing and debating. A yearlong stay in France helped make him fluent in French.
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