“Another book that I read on my son's recommendation.
It's an enquiry into the madness of Siachen War (India-Pakistan-Chine border) and the mindset that fosters this madness on both sides of border. Not academic, nor strictly historical. Basically a story as seen and heard and evaluated by the author - a story well told, with some sharp observations - candid, doggedly personal and surprisingly non-partisan - despite the fact that it appears to take sufficient care not to ruffle too many feathers of popular as well as establishment variety on either side of the border. The balancing act, despite being in the nature of personal and grounded in a different cultural perspective consciously distancing itself from colonial hangover, is really impressive. Immensely enjoyed reading it. Apparently this book could find a minor local publisher, Rupa & Co, and has hardly been discussed anywhere - as a result many discerning readers might have missed it - it definitely deserved much better. Probably one can't get noticed if dealing with a marginal war being fought by marginal nations and writing about it in rather non-controversial way.
It's one of the best non-fiction work I have read in a long long time. I would recommend it to all my friends - both fiction and non-fiction readers.”
Madhav wrote this review Saturday, March 16, 2013.