- Reading level: 16+ years
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Quignog; First edition (15 August 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9387004066
- ISBN-13: 978-9387004061
- Package Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,60,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.
Title of the book " Two sides of a coin " is quite enough to make one's understood that there are dual storyline is running alongside which is interconnected, even if they seem different. It makes the readers grab the book immediately.
The cover of the book is an image of broken glasses window perfectly goes well with the story's plot which is based on the turmoils.
The story is about two Main characters, Ashwin ( An army officer ) & Iqbal ( an insurgent) & their journey in the way of Righteousness in their respective fields who are from different backgrounds, with a different perspective, ethics. We will see the Kashmir conflict from both their standpoint.
The story actually showcases what actually happened in Kashmir in 1993.
Characters are realistically portrayed in the book. Both the characters with their flashback scenes which provides us with their backstory makes them more compelling, relatable. Giving a true aspect of the whole conflict. As the author is himself an officer in the Indian army, he was truly able to capture the true struggles, sacrifices and hardcore life of a soldier in the Indian army. The character of Iqbal who is a terrorist, but how he became a terrorist leads you deeper into the emotions of the character. You will be able to hear of tensions between both the characters. You really have to appreciate the way the author had taken care to weave such a realistic event in a fictitious way. It really praiseworthy to have this kind of well researched, strong contextual parallel plot structuring.
What I liked the most is the live action missions were thrilling with very few lapses in descriptive detail. The storyline has been presented in an informative and interesting way which unfolds the real events in a fictitious way.
The entire story has been narrated with dual timeline makes you flip pages with excitement.an understandable language with neat and uncomplicated grammar is used in the book. Another noticeable thing in the book is the use of terminologies.
One point where this book loses it one star is it's pace, up to 90 pages the story gets tedious and slow. I assume that was the author’s way of letting the readers stay hooked to the story because something was going to blow up.
Overall it was a great reading experience for me. Who wants to read fiction book on Kashmir, is written in a thrilling way, dealing with an insurgency, to know a little bit more about Indian army should try this book.
My rating: 4/5
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.