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Death Wasn’t Painful
Stories of Indian Fighter Pilots from the 1971 War

Critical Acclaim

August 2014 | 262 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Death Wasn’t Painful is a true account of the experiences of a former Indian fighter pilot, who was taken prisoner during the 1971 Indo-Pak/Bangladesh Liberation War. While depicting the intrepid life of fighter pilots in active combat, the book also has an introspective side where it portrays the soldier’s reactions to the terrifying realities of war. The experiences of prisoners of war are finely drawn, as we share the emotions of war—death, alienation, loneliness and grief. Through heart-warming anecdotes and conversational passages of interactions with Pakistani interrogators, attendants, jailors and civilians, the book juxtaposes the metaphor of physical battles in the sky with the conflict of minds between two nations.


 
Death Wasn’t Painful
 
Compassion and Cruelty
 
Secrets and Sleuths
 
The Hospital Interlude
 
Myths and Misconceptions
 
Compatriots and Colleagues
 
A Yankee Comes Calling
 
Some Fun, Some Frolic
 
Courage and Cowardice
 
Daring and Devilry
 
Kala Sandhu
 
The Times, They Were Bad
 
Tigers in the Cage
 
Freedom Beckons
 
Preparations and Doubts
 
The Breakout
 
The Aftermath
 
Wages of Sin
 
Ayesha
 
The Great Homecoming
 
Annexure: Pen Portraits
 
Acknowledgements
 
Glossary

The book portrays the subtle and human reactions of soldiers when faced with the harsh realities of war-injuries, death, broken families, alienation and grief.

The Statesman

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ISBN: 9788132117896
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