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Death Wasn’t Painful

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

First Edition
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
The Great Homecoming
Annexure: Pen Portraits

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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