Sunday, April 13, 2014

My book Beyond NJ 9842: The Siachen Saga launched: A glimpse of the function

Me and my wife Neha with RAdm Sudarshan Shrikhande

Thirty years ago today, Op Meghdoot was launched. My book Beyond NJ 9842: The Siachen Saga detailing the three decade long operation and personal stories of triumph and tragedy, fear and joy of soldiers and air warriors involved in India's longest running military operation, was released in Delhi on 11 April. Here's a glimpse of that function. Some of the excerpts from the book can be found here:; 

Former Home secy Gopal Pillai, Gen VP Malik and Bloomsbury's Suresh Gopal pakistanis-were-not-buying-snow-clothing-for-picnic-497802
Param Vir Chakra Bana Singh with Siachen veteran Gopal Karunakaran

Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia (r) with me and Siachen veteran Ashu Beri

Brig VN Channa (r) with Suresh Gopal and Ashu Beri
Gp Capts Maheshwar, Sandeep Mehta and Capt DK Sharma of the Indian Navy

Me with G. Parthasarathy and Gen VP Malik
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Felicitating the Chief guests

Felicitating Bana Singh

On stage

Introducing the book

Friends Ravi and Lakshmi and Brig Chatterjee behind Ravi

NDC Commandant VAdm Sunil Lanba and Andamans Lt Governor Gen AK Singh

The distinguished audience
Gopal Pillai, Air Marshal SG Inamdar and DG Air Ops, Air Marshal SB Deo

Friends Gopal and Geeta Karunakaran
 KS Bajwa; back row Lt Gen Prakash Katoch and Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal

Maj Gen BK Sharma (green shirt), Maj Gen Ian Cardozo, IDSA's Ajey Lele behind Gens Katoch and Thapliyal

Friends Ajay Banerjee, Capt DK Sharma, Maj Gen Subrata Saha, Maj KG Krishna (from left to right)

Maj Gen Bobby Mathews (2nd from left)

Explaining the making of the book

My brother Atul (in tie), Journalists Sandeep Bhushan and Rajeev Ranjan

Blommsbury Staff who contributed to the book immensely

Our children Harsh and Utkarsh

MC Nandita Bhardwaj

My better Half Neha (in saree) and sister-in-law Kalyani

Gopal narrating his experience on the glacier

Reacting to a remark

Gen Malik smiling at Bana Singh's remarks

Gen Katoch speaking about his command of the Siachen briogade

India's only Param Vir Chakra winner on Siachen Bana Singh recounting the 1987 battle

Bana Singh: authentic hero

Getting ready to unveil the book

The book is relaesed

Gen VP Malik speaking

G. Parthasarthy explaining why Siachen can't be given up

Brig VN Channa, his wife beside him, speaking for the first time in public

Various guests

A naval trio

Veteran journalist BG Verghese giving me a word of advice

Signing copies

My brother Atul, wearing tie, with the Sandip and Perveen Joshi

Lt Gen Vijay Narula, DG Artillery (in a tie) with Mayank Singh (r) and Col Rohan Anand, Army PRO

Indu Anand of BAE telling me to sign a copy for her fauji father; col Ashwini Channa standing

Gen Katoch's best wishes

My better half Neha (centre) with Mrs Chatterjee and Kalyani

Gen Narula with me and my brother Atul

Col Rajesh engrossed in the book

Signing copies for our son Harsh's friends

Our children Harsh (left), Utkarsh (r) and nephew Aditya with Bana Singh

Speaking to journalists

Brig Channa speaking with Neha and Mrs Kulkarni, wife of Lt Gen Sanjay Kulkarni who launched Op Meghdoot 30 years ago today