A Soldier's Journey Through Life

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The Journey: A poignant picture of an innocent time. A narrative commencing in the 1930's detailing the trials and tribulations of a newly wedded young soldier of the Indian Army.
"Only the Jouney is written...not the Destination." More

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Published: Nov. 18, 2011
Words: 116,760
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465987228
About Lakshman Singh

Brigadier Lakshman Singh, VSM (Retd.) was commissioned as an officer of the Indian Army, post-Independence in June 1955 from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehra Dun, India. The young officers of that vintage were still trying to come to terms with the lifestyle of the bygone era, a legacy left by the British Army. A technical graduate competing with ex-cadets of the National Defence Academy and ‘direct entry’ compatriots, he managed to overcome numerous obstacles faced during training and later in the service. He has led a chequered career including a long tenure with the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) while in service and later with the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s external intelligence agency (RAW) followed by a stint with the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), a PSU as their Defence advisor. When not pursuing his writing and painting, he spends time enriching his other area of interest interacting with management and IT students on the topic of soft-skills. He is also the author of Letters from the Border and Other Less Told Stories. He lives in Greater NOIDA, near New Delhi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. You may contact him via email at: Lakshman31@gmail.com

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Review by: Ravish Kalra on Nov. 22, 2012 : (no rating)
This is an excellent book. I never read any book with more interest than this one.I was glued to the book until I finished it. I am thoroghly impressed with Soldier's dedication to his service, country, family and author's writing.
Sudarshan Kalra
canada
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kamal Khatter on June 17, 2012 : star star star star star
A great book which is about the tug of war between the author's passion for his wife, and his duty to the Army. The rigors of Army life are juxtaposed against the comforts of home life. The common thread that weaves through the book is the author's absolute love and devotion to his wife. The style of writing is crisp and interesting throughout. All in all, a worthwhile reading experience.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ric Frain on March 27, 2012 : star star star star star
Very interesting read. The story of an Indian army officer conflicted between his duty to the army and the lifelong love affair with his wife. Will interest anyone who is curious about army life, history buffs & readers of romance stories.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Dr. Arjun Saxena on March 23, 2012 : star star star star star
Brig. Lakshman Singh has written "A Soldier's Journey Through Life" in an extremely engaging manner. He starts by telling his early life, his student days, joining the Army, and how he was introduced to a very pretty girl, Jeet, whom he married. After training in the Army Signal Corps, he was sent to the Northeast front of the war between India and China. He describes all the events of the war which were quite hazardous indeed, and how he saved his fellow soldiers at the risk of his own life. He returned home to his beloved wife Jeet (Rosy). They had wonderful romantic times together, and raised a lovely family. Later she was a victim of cancer, and succumbed in a tragic way. But she has not escaped Lakshman’s memory, as she is alive in his heart and mind forever.

The entire book is very enjoyable to read with romantic up and down episodes of Lakshman’s real life story, and adventures in army and civilian life. Finally the denouement is very touching. I enjoyed this book thoroughly.

- Dr. Arjun Saxena, Emeritus Professor; Author of “Invention of Integrated Circuits: Untold Important Facts”.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ashok Agarwal on March 23, 2012 : star star star star
The book 'A Soldiers Journey Through Life with two wives" by Brig Lakshman Singh.

Brig Lakshman Singh has written the story of his life starting from his childhood days, his college life and then joining the Army as a commissioned officer in the Corps of Signals. The real twist in the story comes when he is asked to join his operational unit in North East during Chinese operation, within days of he getting married to his pretty wife Jeet. He very nicely describes the conflict faced by him on one side the call of duty to join his Army unit engaged in the operation and on the other side, the compassion of separation from his beloved wife within days of his the wedding. This is the reason that he aptly portrays a soldier's duty towards the Army as his second wife.

The book makes an extremely interesting reading for multiple reasons. Being part of 1962 Chinese operation, he has shared his experiences of his operational engagement and has given the video graphic account various aspects of the operation that can easily make chapter of a military history book. He has been passionate and bold enough to share his intimate moments of romantic episodes with his wife during their court ship and early married life, and the art of coping with the long spell of of separations, and ultimately the biggest challenge of bearing the pain during her protracted terminal illness and finally loosing her in the prime of her life.

A heart touching story indeed....... I am once again truly moved while I write this review.

Reviewed by;-
Lt Gen (Retd) Ashok Agarwal, PVSM
Head India Operations, Location Labs, CA, USA
Former Director General(QA) Ministry of Defence
& Imdt Past President
Institution of Electronics &Telecommunication Engineers
New Delhi 110 003. India
Phone: +91 9818370802(Cell)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ashok Agarwal on March 23, 2012 : (no rating)
Brig Lakshman Singh has written the story of his life starting from his childhood days, his college life and then joining the Army as a commissioned officer in the Corps of Signals. The real twist in the story comes when he is asked to join his operational unit in North East during Chinese operation, within days of he getting married to his pretty wife Jeet. He very nicely describes the conflict faced by him on one side the call of duty to join his Army unit engaged in the operation and on the other side, the compassion of separation from his beloved wife within days of his the wedding. This is the reason that he aptly portrays a soldier's duty towards the Army as his second wife.

The book makes an extremely interesting reading for multiple reasons. Being part of 1962 Chinese operation, he has shared his experiences of his operational engagement and has given the video graphic account various aspects of the operation that can easily make chapter of a military history book. He has been passionate and bold enough to share his intimate moments of romantic episodes with his wife during their court ship and early married life, and the art of coping with the long spell of of separations, and ultimately the biggest challenge of bearing the pain during her protracted terminal illness and finally loosing her in the prime of her life.

A heart touching story indeed....... I am once again truly moved while I write this review.

Reviewed by;-
Lt Gen (Retd) Ashok Agarwal, PVSM
Head India Operations, Location Labs, CA, USA
Former Director General(QA) Ministry of Defence
& Imdt Past President
Institution of Electronics &Telecommunication Engineers
New Delhi 110 003. India
Phone: +91 9818370802(Cell)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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