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Nation First

Release date: 25 May 2023
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Two decades after India's resounding victory at Kargil, stories and accounts of the war continue ... Read More

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Two decades after India's resounding victory at Kargil, stories and accounts of the war continue to be narrated with immense pride. Yet, one pertinent perspective has been largely overlooked – that of the army wives. In this remarkable book, Shikha Akhilesh Saxena, wife of artillery officer Captain Akhilesh Saxena, describes the turmoil endured by the families of military officers in the face of conflict.

As a young couple, Shikha and Akhilesh unexpectedly found themselves in the midst of war. Shikha deftly depicts her own experiences as well as those of Akhilesh, who took part in missions at Tololing, the Hump and Three Pimples. What does a soldier go through, when marching off to a near-suicidal mission? And what does it take to survive, even thrive, having sustained serious injuries in battle?

This detailed memoir shows the boundless bravery of the Indian troops, as well as the emotional tumult experienced by their families both during and after the war. Nation First is a story of grit, determination and heroic patriotism shown by the men and women who give their all to safeguard the country.


Product Details

Title: Nation First
Author: Shikha Akhilesh Saxena
Publisher: Hachette India
SKU: BK0475511
EAN: 9789357311663
Number Of Pages: 240
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 25 May 2023

About Author

Shikha Akhilesh Saxena is an IT professional, entrepreneur, educator and a mother of two children. After her husband, Captain Akhilesh Saxena, sustained injuries during the Kargil war, the couple was forced to restart their lives. Sheer dedication and an unwavering spirit explain their success: Akhilesh is now Vice President at Tata Communications, while Shikha is the founder and CEO of Inspiring Mantras, which conducts leadership programmes.

Customer Reviews

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Must read for every citizen of India

I have always been curious about the lives of Armed Forces personnel. I used to wonder how they could be so dedicated and sincere. Who would be willing to sacrifice their life for their profession? Most of the time, they are on duty, and I often wondered how their families managed without them, especially during festivals and important family gatherings. This book has been an eye-opener for me, as it provided answers to many of my questions. The detailed descriptions of the culture and traditions of the Indian Army are seamlessly woven into the story. I couldn't help but get goosebumps while reading the chapters about the Kargil war. Normally, I find it difficult to finish a book, but I couldn't stop reading this one. I am glad that I bought it based on the reviews I read on Amazon. This book is packed with powerful details about the Army and the Kargil War. Thank you, Shikha Akhilesh, for sharing your memoir with us in the form of the book "Nation First."

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