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Two Sides of a Coin Paperback – 15 Aug 2018
Paperback, 15 Aug 2018
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About the Author
Captain Jay Joshi is a serving officer in the Indian Army. He graduated from NDA, Pune and is currently part of the infantry regiment. The author commits his royalties to Sahaj Foundation.
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The book was also quite informative as many fictional events in the book were related to events which took place in the world around that time. The actions of the characters were also justified by the use of flashbacks which explained the reasons behind them to the reader.
Even though the author has attempted to give equal importance to both the character's, I felt the backdrop of the insurgent was much more interesting, and apparently instead of relating to the army officer, I easily related to the insurgent.
Do not read the book if you want to learn in detail about the Kashmiri conflict as in that case I would suggest you read some non-fiction. But if you are looking for a thrilling and informative plot, you shall not be disappointed. Coming from a person who was on ground, certain insights will leave you astounded.
Truly, Hats Off to the captain for letting us know about the struggles and life of jawans and also I came across some amazing terminologies.
Loved the title perfectly defines the story but was expecting a little more of Conflicts. Liked the characters but wanted equal of both characters. Language is simple and understandable.
This book consists of the three things that I dig for in most of the fiction that I read:
1) Dual Timeline.
2) Fiction that is created around the actual events.
3) Informative and Entertaining at the same time.
Let us start with the Dual Timeline Narrative. It is the Dual Timeline that keeps the Pace of the narrative very smooth throughout, it also helps us to understand the Psyche of our two main characters ASHWIN and IQBAL and the events that unfold and shape the choices that they make in their own respected lives; one a soldier and other an insurgent, two different people with two different ideologies and yet not so different.
It takes real talent for someone to imagine an alternate storyline parallel to the actual incidents, and Author Captain Jay Joshi has very creatively put together an interesting Fictional story very close to the actual events that occurred in and around Kashmir 1993, which also is a little thought-provoking.
When I started reading this book, the first and the most important thing I noticed is the Author's Attention to Detail on Ashwin's(Soldier) character and his universe, which, I guess came from his own professional experience; Little things like the Army Lingo, and terminology that our Civilian ears have never heard of, thanks to the captain we've now learned a thing or two about the way of life of our beloved jawans.
Another thing I love about the Author and the Book is how subtly he's mixed knowledge and entertainment together without making it sound boring at all. It's very evident that Captain Jay Joshi had done his research thoroughly before structuring the narrative. Also, his General Knowledge is Commendable; the man knows his History conscientiously well enough.
To conclude this review, I'd like to say, in fact, assure you that you're in for a real treat with this read. It will get you hooked instantly and if you're an inquisitive reader like me, this is the right book for you.