Official Review: Border Post 99 by Kedar Patankar

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Official Review: Border Post 99 by Kedar Patankar

Post by sahmoun2778 » 24 Jul 2015, 09:31

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Border Post 99" by Kedar Patankar.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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“Border Post 99” is a poignant story that reminds us that the connections between individuals can be more powerful than the conflicts between governments. This is a short story that takes place in the middle of the India-Pakistan conflict but after the official Partition of the two countries.

Sharma is a young Indian man, fresh out of military school. His first posting is to Border Post 99, a spot in no-man’s land along the border with Pakistan. His biggest concern when he gets there is the isolation, it’s just him at this post for the next 6 weeks, and homesickness. He is in a heavily forested area with a stream running through it, the stream being the border. He is instructed not to shoot at the Pakistanis but don’t let anything happen as there are negotiations going on in Delhi and his superiors do not want any conflict. His post is not on any official map and officially he is not there. He receives a drop off of food and mail once a week. The first couple of days he patrols the stretch of land as instructed and nothing happens.

Khan is a seasoned military man in the Pakistan army. He has just received a posting to no-man’s land. He is not expecting anything to happen, and spends his time daydreaming about his wife and telling his superiors, on their daily calls, that everything is all right. Khan also receives a weekly care package with food and letters from home. Then the day comes when he sees someone on the other side of the stream. Khan and Sharma have spotted each other and are both hiding behind rocks with rifles pointed at the enemy. Both have been instructed not to shoot so they go on about their business. A couple of days later Khan finds Sharma unconscious from fever where he collapsed by the side of the stream. He decides not to kill him but sabotages some of his equipment. This begins a series of somewhat comical back-and-forth retaliations.

What ultimately transpires between these two men is an example of humanity winning out over hatred. I found this story to be beautifully written and well edited which made it a really fun read. Some of their actions are almost comical as Sharma, with his inexperience, and Khan, with his “I just want to get through this and go back to my wife” attitude start to interact with each other. I really enjoyed both of these characters. They were very believable and the author developed them very well.

I found this story to be inspirational and approachable for any reader. There is no questionable content so even teens and tweens could read it. I highly recommend this story for anyone who loves a good read and I’m giving it a 4 out of 4 star rating.

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Post by bookowlie » 25 Jul 2015, 21:11

Sahmoun, I enjoyed reading your review! The book sounds unique and interesting. Great writing and well developed characters are always a winning combination in a book.
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Post by Thimble » 25 Jul 2015, 21:33

Great review. This book sounds like a good read. The situation definitely sounds like an interesting set up. I might have to add to my To Read list. :)
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Post by Levi » 25 Jul 2015, 23:28

Sahmoun, what a well written review!! I don't say that flippantly, I really enjoyed it. You highlighted the book without giving too much detail, which I find difficult. I love stories like this with people of different backgrounds overcoming their differences, and I will add this one to my list! Great job!
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Post by debo9967 » 26 Jul 2015, 14:15

The storyline seems quite interesting and inspirational. I am definitely going to look out for this one. Good review!

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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 27 Jul 2015, 17:24

Great review! It doesn't sound like something I'd like (although it does sound good), but I'm glad you enjoyed it so much!

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Post by Stevefromtheblock » 28 Jul 2015, 18:06

This is a good review, and it sounds like quite an interesting story.

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Post by Tanaya » 14 Aug 2015, 15:47

“Border Post 99” is a poignant story that reminds us that the connections between individuals can be more powerful than the conflicts between governments.
What ultimately transpires between these two men is an example of humanity winning out over hatred.
I like the themes in this book. I'm glad you highlighted them. Nice review!

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Post by Circling Turtle » 26 Aug 2015, 13:02

Thank you for this review, it sounds like something that I'd enjoy. Congrats to the author on the rating!

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Post by kapster00 » 26 Aug 2015, 23:45

Thanks Sahmoun for a wonderful review for my book "Border Post 99 : No Man's Land". I am truly touched.

Thanks all who appreciated the review and posted their comments. I look forward to your feedback

Kedar

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Post by Ramona » 10 Nov 2015, 06:08

I love when I can see characters grow within a book or movie, which in your review you say they did in this book. Congrats for a well-thougt out review and to the author for a well-written story!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 03 Dec 2015, 08:05

I love the book already. Great review! My favorite part is 'humanity winning out over hatred'. Congratulations to Kedar Patankar for such a wonderful book.

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Post by kapster00 » 03 Dec 2015, 08:23

Thanks a lot :) Look forward to your feedback. Please let me know what you think of it

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Post by TJayne89 » 15 Jan 2016, 17:49

Not the type of story that I would normally navigate towards ... but thumbs up for the review :text-goodpost:

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Post by HalcyonFlower » 15 Jan 2016, 22:10

Oh gosh, Pakistan/Indian relations. I grew up in a generation where patriotic movies put Pakistan in a terrible light and in consideration of the politics and events, it made sense. I'm glad this book captured a more positive side aspect of the two. I'm glad more and more people are becoming open to a peaceful relationship. Definitely will put it on my list, thank you for the insightful review.

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