08 November, 2017

Letters from Kargil by Diksha Dwivedi - [Book Review]

Book Details:
Title : Letters from Kargil - The Kargil war through our soldier's eyes
Author : Diksha Dwivedi
Genre: Non fiction
Length of the book: 168 pages
Publisher: Juggernaut
Source: A free review copy from juggernaut


Blurb:
With feet deep in snow and alert with their guns, our soldiers are responding to each threat from the enemy with twice the intensity and vigour, but my heart is somewhere else.’ In May 1999, India was invaded by Pakistan in Kargil in the Ladakh region in a surprise attack. Diksha Dwivedi’s father was one of the martyrs of that war. In this beautiful, extremely moving book, she tells the story of the Kargil war through the letters and diaries of her father and other soldiers who fought there. Intimate and emotional, Letters from Kargil is the most human and personal portrait of the war ever written.

My Review:
Iam not a fan of non fiction. I try to avoid reading them unless they are interesting. The Blurb caught my attention. Narrating a war story with letters is a fresh concept and difficult one to convince readers. I appreciate the author for her thought of the concept, her purpose in writing the book and for her effort to meet many soldiers and collate their letters and their emotions.

I heard and read in newspaper about kargil war but i never knew the details about how difficult the opetation Vijay was, how many soldiers died and how many families were impacted until I read this book. Some letters are heart wrentching to read. I can understand what their families have gone through after losing their family member. The courage and the sacrifice of each soldier is evident from their letters. Since this is not an ebook I took snaps of a few words which moved me a lot.


The words of Lt.Praveen Tomar are inspiring and they make us realize how soldiers enter the battlefield and take hell lot of risks with their life hoping for a good result.

The narration is good and the book is organized well with letters and also the information on war strategies. The book successfully captured the emotions of soldiers during the war and also their family members feelings.



The title and the cover are very apt. If you like books which tell real life stories and if you want to know about kargil war, you should definitely read it. If you want to read a simple novel and love only fiction/ thriller, this might not be for you.

My Rating: 4.5/5

P.S. I have received this book from the publisher for review and this is my honest opinion on the book.

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