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Musings in the Mist | Book review

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Musings in the Mist | Book review The book has some interesting details of men in uniform though at times the narrative overindulges in things best kept between the lines.

'Musings in the Mist' is the story of a young army officer and his personal tryst with destiny. From the author, who is a serving army officer, the book takes you on a virtual tour through the life of a BRAT - Born, Raised and Transferred - the usual acronym for an army kid.

The hero, Sam Kapoor, is one such 'brat', having run around the country with his family on his father's numerous postings.

The hero in our story then shifts to Delhi and the story gains a lot more color with his love interest Natasha entering the scene.

The real narrative begins when the young man gets through to the armed forces and lands his first posting in Siachen, the deadly glacier.

As the author says, a month in Siachen means losing several years of your life, given the harsh living conditions and here, Sam will take your through the highs and lows of a life - considered one of the toughest jobs on the army rolls.

The virtue of army life that teaches you to value the smallest things and lets you revel at the fact that a 'whole season passed without an incident' are drawn up in a beautiful sequence.

The book has some interesting details of men in uniform though at times the narrative overindulges in things best kept between the lines.

The book slowly shifts from Siachen to Kashmir and Sam has some very interesting anecdotes from counter-terrorism operations, not without a jibe on the media though.

A good read, which could have been much better if things were culled to the more precise particulars worth curiosity.

Book: Musings in the Mist

Author: Shona George

Publication: Power publishers

Price: Rs 280

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