Brothers in Arms is an intriguing story written by the Indian born author Umesh Moudgil who moved to the UK in 1970. This book is about our loyalty towards each other. Though this book, the author has thrown light mainly on living life by our values, loving others, etc.
The author who has experienced all the changes to our multiracial society has written this book based on his some experiences. Aman wanted to join the British fighting forces as he was inspired by his late grandfather. When Aman informs his family about the decision to join the army, there were arguments in the house. Aman’s grandfather has seen so much violence in the jungles and he returned home as a changed man.
After Limestone training, Aman was sent to Iraq where he served his first tour of duty. Aman’s grandfather didn’t tell him that war is not that pretty after all. Sometimes it tore you from inside. Aman was also offered to apply for the elite commando team, the Special Boat Service (SBS). His life changed on September 11, 2001. He was deeply affected when the territories hit the Twin Towers in New York.
Written in 115 pages, this book could be read in two sittings. Cover of the book looks nice and title is suitable according to the contents of the story. Before reading this book, I wasn’t aware about PTSD from which returning soldiers suffer silently. Book also highlights the lasting effects of the war. Language used in the book is easy to understand. Narration is smooth and strong.
This book has discussed sensitive issues like religion, racism, so if you are comfortable reading about these topics, then picks this book.
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About the Author:
Umesh Moudgil was born in India in 1965 and moved to the United Kingdom with his parents in 1970. As a young boy growing up, he experienced all the changes to our multiracial society. Always very shy, he enjoyed writing and had fun in his school years. Growing up in a close-knit Indian household, family was key for him; he has three siblings, all older than him. His parents were the rocks growing up and always wanted the best. Umesh, however, did not want to study and he would always be asking questions. Now married with three children, writing is a form where he can express himself and bring his characters to life. His beliefs are seen clearly in his writing and his characters show the emotions that he feels are good.