Full Circle – Yuletide in Patna
Author: Capt. Narendra
Publisher: Turning Point India
Genre: Military History
Price: £26.99 / $42.95
This book is a unique treatise on the heroic sacrifices made by the gallant Biharis – sung and unsung in history! The author has researched deeply digging into the official records of 1857 War of Indian Independence from libraries, musea and relics from India, Britain, Guyana and Trinidad. The heroic battles of Babu Kunwar Singh and Amar Singh besides, Capt. Narendra brings the reader on the ring- side of the uprising of the Bengal Native Infantry at Danapur Cantt and the Irregular Cavalry at Bhagalpur in August 1857.
The failed victory sees some of these heroes disguising and sneaking out to far-off lands as ‘Indentured labourers.’ The author, truly a ‘puppeteer of words’, takes you along on that voyage. You witness the incredible events of 164 years unfold before your eyes in graphic details.
Full Circle – Yuletide in Patna is indeed a masterpiece in the contemporary Indian English fiction. In fact, calling it ‘fiction’ would be a misnomer. Veritably, it is a discovery of the Bihari valour and patriotism that has been left unsung by the western historians.
Author Bio: Captain Narendra is a decorated veteran of the Indian Armed Forces who participated in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. He was awarded the prestigious President’s Police Medal and Fire Services Medal for gallantry for winning back an outpost across the Ravi River, which had been earlier captured by the Pakistan Army.
After an exemplary service of 20 years, he took voluntary retirement in 1981 and moved to England. He worked in London for about 18 years and retired as a Director of Services for children with disabilities in the Social Services Department of a Metropolitan London Council. His memoirs about the service in the Armed Forces of India was awarded a prize by Gujarat Sahitya Academy, Gandhinagar.
Narendra is a graduate of Gujarat University. He continued his research and studies, obtained a Post-graduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies from London South Bank University, and also a diploma in management from the Management College, Henley-on-Thames.
The author currently lives with his family in California, USA.