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Grit, Guts and Gallantry : Officers and Gentlemen of the Indian Army is a book that provides an insight into the Army life. Written by a former colonel of the Indian Army Colonel Mahip Chadha, the book breaks down various myths that people have about Army.
Summary Of The Book
Grit, Guts and Gallantry : Officers and Gentlemen of the Indian Army is an account of life in the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy as experienced by an Army man. It is an insider’s account as the author/former colonel takes the reader through the journey of entering the NDA and coming out as an Army officer. Colonel Chadha presents an adulterated view of life in the Indian Army for those students who are on a threshold of their careers. He dispels the various myths that are associated with the Defence forces.
It has been seen that most of the Indian citizens are not aware of the Defence forces. They are unaware of the selection process, the hardships a NDA candidate undergoes, and even the rank structures. The patriotism of the Army men is restricted to the Republic Day parade or the slogans of ‘Jai Jawan’. Army comes into existence of a common man during a war or a warlike situation. Also, it has been observed that during the counseling sessions of students at an early age, they are not even given the career option of Defence services. Chadha figures out why the services are not given their proper due in Grit, Guts and Gallantry : Officers and Gentlemen of the Indian Army.
Colonel Chadha uses a conversational style and racy tone to provide all aspects of Army life and make the book more readable and interesting. He talks about the agonizing physical training and the intense hard work one has to undergo at NDA and IMA. The strict adherence to rules and regulations has been disclosed here, but the author has provided an adventurous touch to the book. The book acts as a guide for those who dream of a career in Indian Army and provides tales of sacrifice and bravery with a tint of fun.
As the name suggests, the book is a tribute to the Indian soldiers, who do not care even for their lives when it is about their country. It is a tribute to those people who are willing to sacrifice their lives without any expectation of a reward or recognition. Thus, colonel Chadha pens down a motivational book that is not at all preachy.
About Colonel Mahip Chadha
Colonel Mahip Chadha is a former colonel of the Indian Army and he served for the Second Battalion of the Third Gorkha Rifles.
Apart from Grit, Guts and Gallantry: Officers and Gentlemen of the Indian Army, colonel Chadha has also authored SOLJER SOLJER, which is his second book.
Born in a Sikh family, Colonel Mahip Chadha got his graduation in Bachelor of Arts. He served the Indian Army for 34 years and got his retirement in 2000. He worked for various different jobs after retirement and worked at the Helios Aviation as the President before his second retirement. He started his writing career in 2009 with his first book Grit, Guts and Gallantry: Officers and Gentlemen of the Indian Army.
A great book!
28 Oct, 2011
Poignant story_Awesomeness in simple words..
7 Jan, 2012
BEEN THERE..DONE THAT..
12 Apr, 2012
Excellent account of the army life
30 Mar, 2012
A great creation
19 Nov, 2011
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27 Mar, 2012