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Review by Kelebogile Mbangi -- Border Post 99

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Review by Kelebogile Mbangi -- Border Post 99

Post Number:#1 by Kelebogile Mbangi
» 10 Jul 2017, 09:38

[Following is a volunteer review of "Border Post 99" by Kedar Patankar.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Kedar Patankar’s Border Post 99, No Man’s Land is a moving book that falls under the other fiction genre. It is set in a territory between two opposing countries, India and Pakistan. It follows the interactions of two sentries from the opposing sides. Through these interactions, we are shown that common ground and mutual understanding can be found in the most unexpected places.

We are first introduced to Lieutenant Mangesh Sharma, a fresh Indian recruit who is stationed at Border Post 99. Located in an area that belongs neither to India nor to Pakistan, the post should not exist. Alone and battling to keep up his morale, Sharma’s initial fear is of being attacked by Pakistani soldiers who might be lurking in the isolated area. Uneventful weeks go by and just as his paranoia begins to subside, the unexpected happens - he spots a Pakistani soldier! Both men are instructed by their commanding officers not to shoot the other, as their countries are engaged in peace talks. The ensuing interactions between the two enemy soldiers are nothing short of hilarious. They find ways to humiliate each other, scheme and plot revenge plans and ways to entrap each other. Little do they know that they share a deep connection.

Patankar has a simple, clear writing style, which makes for a smooth reading experience. This combined with the engrossing plot, enabled me to read this gem in one sitting. The book refers to the partition that occurred in 1947, separating India and Pakistan. This enriches the development of the characters, both leading and supporting. We never meet the soldier’s families directly but whenever they are mentioned, it feels as though they are dear ones we know and love.

The themes in this book speak to our humanity. The adverse effects of civil war, bias and discrimination are shown. I loved how the book is not somber though. It remains positive, showing how people can choose to focus on the good in their lives. It is balanced by themes of letting go of the past, gratitude and hope.

I could find no fault with this book. It is eloquently written and I did not find any grammatical or spelling errors. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to all those who are pressed for time and would like to read something that will leave a lasting impression. As mentioned before it is a short read, with a heartwarming message. It deserves nothing less than the highest rating.

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Re: Review by Kelebogile Mbangi -- Border Post 99

Post Number:#2 by Ayosinmi
» 21 Jul 2017, 01:30

Wow. Nice one. I'm definitely going to read this book.
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Post Number:#3 by Rosemary Okoko
» 21 Jul 2017, 01:41

I love history and i believe this will make an interesting read. Nice review.
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Re: Review by Kelebogile Mbangi -- Border Post 99

Post Number:#4 by Kelebogile Mbangi
» 21 Jul 2017, 03:06

Thank you to you both. I promise you, you will not regret reading this!

-- 21 Jul 2017, 05:52 --

Fantastic ,the review wow
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Post Number:#5 by Aimy
» 21 Jul 2017, 06:25

I would like to read this book as relationship between these countries is again going through a rough patch because of Kashmir issue. Perhaps, if the Kashmiri people are given their right to hold a fair plebiscite, things become comparatively better.
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Post Number:#6 by Kelebogile Mbangi
» 21 Jul 2017, 08:14

That's sad to hear. What is the Kashmir issue about Aimy?
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Post Number:#7 by Daisy Mdeka
» 21 Jul 2017, 12:59

The plot sounds interesting. I like the themes that you mentioned. I might consider reading this. Thank your for your review.
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Post Number:#8 by Kelebogile Mbangi
» 21 Jul 2017, 13:05

Thank you Daisy, I really enjoyed the themes in the book, they served to enhance it.
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Re: Review by Kelebogile Mbangi -- Border Post 99

Post Number:#9 by juliusotinyo
» 21 Jul 2017, 14:14

Kelebogile Mbangi wrote:That's sad to hear. What is the Kashmir issue about Aimy?


I might not have the exact reason but all I know is Pre-1947 India and Pakistan was 1 country. Much like the Sudan with partition comes border issues.
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Re: Review by Kelebogile Mbangi -- Border Post 99

Post Number:#10 by Kelebogile Mbangi
» 21 Jul 2017, 14:44

juliusotinyo wrote:
Kelebogile Mbangi wrote:That's sad to hear. What is the Kashmir issue about Aimy?


I might not have the exact reason but all I know is Pre-1947 India and Pakistan was 1 country. Much like the Sudan with partition comes border issues.

Thanks Julius :) Yes I understand that, but what Aimy mentioned seems like a more recent event. Do you know anything about it?
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Post Number:#11 by Laughingsun
» 21 Jul 2017, 15:46

I was on the fence as to whether or not to read, but you've given me the push I needed... it's on my reading list for sure. Thank you for this review.
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Post Number:#12 by Kelebogile Mbangi
» 21 Jul 2017, 15:53

I'm glad my review was useful to you Laughingsun. :)
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Post Number:#13 by Partson
» 21 Jul 2017, 18:42

What a great review, very informative. Im not much of a reader but im convinced to go read this book. Seems interesting :D
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Re: Review by Kelebogile Mbangi -- Border Post 99

Post Number:#14 by juliusotinyo
» 21 Jul 2017, 23:37

Kelebogile Mbangi wrote:
juliusotinyo wrote:
Kelebogile Mbangi wrote:That's sad to hear. What is the Kashmir issue about Aimy?


I might not have the exact reason but all I know is Pre-1947 India and Pakistan was 1 country. Much like the Sudan with partition comes border issues.

Thanks Julius :) Yes I understand that, but what Aimy mentioned seems like a more recent event. Do you know anything about it?


The border region Jammu/Kashmir was created after the war for Pakistani independence. Its a buffer region between the 2 states still officially at war to this day. However, there are people ethnic to that region whose status seems undefined.
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Post Number:#15 by Czarmaine AM
» 22 Jul 2017, 02:57

I liked that you mentioned that this book speaks about humanity. It's interesting to know that this book is more than just another soldier story. I'm glad that you enjoyed this. Would also check this out one of these days. Thanks for another great review, Kelebogile!
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