Vignettes of Valour

Author: Abhijit C. ChandraA sample cover of the book: red coloured handloom sari with gold embossed nameplate and lettering for the title and author's name. The border of the sari lines the right hand margin of the cover.
Pages: 76
Year of Publication: 2019
Price: Rs 300
ISBN: 978-81-944057-1-9 (9788194405719)

About the Author
Born on February 19, 1975, Abhijit C. Chandra originally hails from Kolkata and has lived in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and New Delhi. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in History in 1995 and began working as a freelance journalist in Delhi the following year. He joined the United News of India news agency in February 1998 and was posted at the company’s headquarters in New Delhi and subsequently at the Bhopal Bureau. In December 2017, he resigned from his position of News Editor and returned to freelancing besides teaching. His first book, Bouquet of Life, a collection of middles, was published by Writers Workshop, India, in 2011. Abhijit resides in Bhopal with his parents.

About the Book
Vignettes of Valour is a selection of reports filed by Abhijit Chandra over a period spanning approximately two decades and based on interviews with Armed Forces veterans, their kin and martyrs’ relatives. The book endeavours to portray incidents and matters related to events that comprise indelible chapters in our country’s military history. In these pages the reader shall find vivid descriptions of the nightmarish horrors of battle contrasted with noble acts of patriotism and unalloyed bravery as well as insights into strategy – an arena that decides the fate of warfare…

Vignettes of Valour takes you on a remarkable journey from the Second World War, through the conflicts of 1962, 1965 and 1971 to Operation Vijay, which witnessed daring young officers showing their mettle by vanquishing a well-entrenched foe that had the tactical advantage of higher ground.”

[Excerpted from the book]

Contents

About the Book / 9

A Captain Remembers / 11
Indian Samurai / 13
A Befitting Reply / 16
Higher than Everest / 18
Lionheart / 20
Disquiet on the Western Front / 24
A Warrior’s Memoir / 26
Assault on Hamewala / 28
Sniper / 30
The Snows of Siachen / 32
An Extraordinary Battle / 35
Urban Apocalypse / 37
Son, Doctor, Officer, Martyr / 39
Another Leonidas / 44
From Point 4875 to Eternity / 46
Letter from Kargil / 49
Bajrang Post / 52
The Guns of Khalubar / 54
Officer and Gentleman / 56
Point-blank / 59
Spy Games / 62
The Price of Liberty / 66
Iron Fist in Velvet Glove / 68
Service before Self / 71

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