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Stallion of the Sun: & Other S Paperback – 3 Dec 1998

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia (3 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140285245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140285246
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,438,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Kargil war in the summer of 1999 was a tale of brutality and courage. Here was war in its essence: barren, icy peaks held by a strongly entrenched enemy, and the only way to dislodge the intruders was to climb up in the face of overwhelming fire. By the end of the war many more heroes were added to the list of the nation's brave: Saurav Kalia, Vijayant Thapar, Yogendra Singh Yadav, Mariappan Sarvanan and Vikram Batra, to name only a few. Their exploits in this harrowing battle read like the stuff of legend. In Despatches from Kargil, Srinjoy Chowdhury, who covered the war for the Statesman, recounts what it was like for journalists to battle against deadlines, shellfire--and particularly vicious bedbugs--to transmit their reports. He draws graphic pictures of the major assaults, such as in Drass and Batalik, relying heavily on the first-hand accounts of those who took part in the action. There are memorable portrayals of the soldiers and officers too--sometimes of the other side as well. This is war reportage at its best: observant, objective, and ultimately, for all the wry understatement, extremely moving.

If I don't inform the platoon commander (about the presence of the enemy), he will be overrun, I thought. And all because of me. I was wounded. I couldn't walk. I must have been hit about fifteen times, in the leg, the chest, the groin and arm...I began crawling down...--Param Vir Chakra, Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. Balupuri on 7 July 2008
Format: Paperback
Worth a read. Correspondent eyewitness account of the 1999 Indo Pak Kargil Conflict. The book is a collection of well written notes that appear to be authentic feelings of a patriotic journalist who attempts to employ wit and war philosophy to engage the reader.
An account from Indian perspective going into humane aspects of the war in difficult terrain. It is not meant to be a book dealing with politics or strategy and on occassions chronology is difficult to ascertain. Author explains various colloqual words to entice western readers.
A must read for those interested in the subject, but do not expect to see military strategy within the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Superb book 1 July 2001
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Brilliant,gripping and loaded with untold information and facts.The author has covered the entire war in a stunning manner.The bravery and capability of the Indian soldiers is second to none.I simply could not put this book down.This book is a must buy!
Interesting Collection and good introduction to URA works 10 July 2014
By ashok - Published on
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Contains very good short stories of noted Kannada writer Ananthamurthy.
Ananthamurthy is renowned Navya Kannada writer with modernist tendencies.
In this collection his later short stories like Akkaya and Stallion of the Sun show a clear
postmodern tendency.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Superb 26 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The best book on Kargil available.Awesome read!
PS Ignore the delusionary paki imposters.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great!! 9 Jan. 2003
By J. Kaw - Published on
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This was the best book I've read on the Kargil war, which brought India and Pakistan close to a full fledged war. Great work has been done by the author to record the first hand account of the war. A very good read if you want to know what this war was all about. I specifically liked the unedited first hand accounts of the soldiers who faught the hand to hand battles. He has not only told about bravery of the soldiers, but also is critical about the failures of the intelligence and the army.
A definite buy !!!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Indian hegamony 4 Sept. 2001
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This is typical attempt to try to portray the poor indiansoldier as avalient fighter. The details appear mostly rhetoric and i wish the author had given more substantive and objective details and accounts.
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