By Rachna Bisht Rawat

21 riveting tales from the battlefield approximately how India’s optimum army honour used to be won
The courageous takes you to the hearts and minds of India’s bravest squaddies, all of whom received the Param Vir Chakra, India’s maximum army honour. With entry to the military, households and comrades-in-arms of the warriors, Rachna Bisht Rawat paints the main bright portrait of those males and their awesome deeds.
How demanding is it to struggle at 20,000 ft in sub-zero temperatures? Why did Captain Vikram Batra say ‘Yeh dil maange more’? How do better halves and girlfriends of squaddies who don’t go back cope? What occurs whilst the enemy is anyone that you've got knowledgeable? How did the Charlie corporation chase away the marauding chinese language? How did a villager from Uttar Pradesh turn into a expert in destroying tanks?
Both gripping and encouraging, The courageous is the last word publication at the Param Vir Chakra.

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They tried to simplify their language 40 A home by the harem for me, and as I grew in my comprehension of Uzbek, I learnt more about them both. Zulhamar was originally from the village of Yangi Arik, or New Canal, where people were, she assured me, more honest and hard-working than the inhabitants of Khiva. Her father had died when she was still young, so Zulhamar had looked after her numerous younger siblings as her mother went off to work. Zulhamar cooked and cared for the family and learnt how to weave carpets and kilims (woven floor coverings).

I could rent the main living room for the princely sum of around $10 a month, sharing the bathroom and kitchen with an occasional guest from Tashkent. I was keen to move in as soon as possible, but the landlady insisted I gain approval first from the Ministry of Culture in Tashkent. I persuaded Lukas to visit them next time he was there, sure he would charm them with his fluent Uzbek. ‘Maybe it will be possible,’ had been the response. ’ This sounded straightforward, but I failed to understand that I had been given an Uzbek ‘no’.

He lived in Kosmabot, just outside Khiva, and his house was easy to identify, as there was a pile of huge tree trunks against his front wall. These were black elm – a hardwood getting scarcer due to disease. I asked him if they planted new saplings to replace the trees felled. They didn’t. But he assured me they would never chop down one of these ancient trees if there was so much as a leaf still growing, for that would be a terrible sin. I was ushered inside and took off my shoes as Zafar poured water over my hands from a copper jug that had been warming on a stove at the entrance.

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