Four Miles To Freedom.

4 miles

For the first time ever, I attended a book launch yesterday, because the hero of the book is Dilip Parulkar who is an acquaintance and  a close friend of a very dear friend.

That Dilip was and is a remarkable man was obvious from the number of ex armed forces officers assembled for the occasion and became more obvious when some of them shared some other information about him from their own recollections of the 1965 and 1971 wars.

My friend, a Retired Artillery Officer had come down from Delhi specially to attend the function and just could not stop talking about Dilip.   The two of them were school mates before they met again at the National Defense Academy and with such strong bonds formed during boyhood, there was quite a bit of hero worship.

I was among the very few civilians at the function but thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and camaraderie and to get back to driving in heavy traffic was a hard come down.

Here is an article from the author of the book Faith Johnston that will give you some idea about the book.  It was a pleasure to meet her too at the launch beside two other officers who had escaped from the Pakistani prison in 1972.  Incidentally, yesterday was the 42 anniversary of the day of escape.

12 thoughts on “Four Miles To Freedom.”

  1. An ex-Armed Forces friend of mine had sent me this amazing account by email a while ago . If it was an Allied forces pilot , in WW-II Hollywood would have made a film by now – perhaps Bollywood should .

  2. Well, now Ramana. Where’s the link to the book? On Flipkart and Amazon? For those of us who’d like to buy and read this book ourselves? The essence of book blogging is buy links. I couldn’t find it on Flipkart but it’s on Amazon so here’s the link in case anyone would like to buy it. Just thought I’d mention it. I got my copy.
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  3. I don’t have time to sit & read. Would be nice to have the audio version that I could hear on the “trot”, as Grannymar would say.

  4. sounds like an interesting tale, along with how the author had to dig deeply into their life at the coalface (so to speak) – I guess many had let the whole saga disappear into their archival brain and many probably didn’t want to relive that period at all…as than the comradely that help glue them together, even now with the event of the book…
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