In Boots Belts Berets, the author Tanushree Podder gives readers a rare glimpse into the glorified and often mysterious lives of officers in training, who make the transformation from boy to man, at the National Defense Academy.
Summary Of The Book
Through the perspective of four cadets, the author who herself is an army-wife, enables readers to experience some of the trials and tribulations faced by these young officers while studying at NDA.
Readers are first drawn into the story by the book’s protagonist, Nikhil Dutta, who upon arriving at the academy, is flabbergasted by the reality of the situation. Here he encounters a group called ‘seniors’, people who enjoying doling out tasks of all kinds to ‘juniors’ and not to mention cruel forms of punishment for showing disobedience. Just as our lead character is doubting his decision about coming to the academy, he encounters a group called “coursemates”, who provide a source of camaraderie and support, especially during difficult times. From this point onwards, these four cadets, through their adventures and daily struggles to survive, push the story forward. As they overcome each day of training and ragging, each boy undergoes a transformation, which eventually turns each of them into honourable officers.
Podder’s expressive style of storytelling also mentions the challenges of growing up to which all readers can relate. Challenges such as dealing with one’s attraction to the opposite sex and boasting about imaginary sexual exploits to friends, facing changes in attitude towards previously faced issues and not to mention a weakness for food and smoking.
In Boots Belts Berets, Podder succeeds in demonstrating the challenges faced by young boys as they undergo officer training as well as the common challenges we all face while making the leap from youth to adulthood.
About Tanushree Podder
Tanushree Podder is a self proclaimed dreamer and writing addict.
She has authored over seventeen books which include titles such as Nur Jahan's Daughter, Dreams: A Mystic World, and Death of a Dictator.
Podder’s autobiographical, first person style of writing is effective in depicting the challenges of faced by four freshers at NAD.
After completing her MBA, she spent eight years in the corporate sector. She then decided to take up writing as a full time venture. Podder is married to an army officer, who is the inspiration for this particular story.
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