Review by juliusotinyo -- Border Post 99 by Kedar Patankar

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Review by juliusotinyo -- Border Post 99 by Kedar Patankar

Post by juliusotinyo » 01 Aug 2017, 03:58

[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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Border post 99: No man’s land is a novel by Kedar Patankar. It was published by Global Mind Publishing. Human conflict is like the proverbial serpent that is eats its own tail; in the process of eliminating a problem within our society through warfare it only serves to destroy us. This is properly captured in the phrase by Dadajaal, “…never delve into hatred and anger…you will be wasting your time and hurting your mind.” The fictional story about love and hate is set in March 2011.

The tale is about 2 soldiers; a Pakistani and an Indian based in illegal border posts in no man's land. Lieutenant Mangesh Sharma is a fresh recruit from the Indian Military Academy. His first posting is in a remote region in no man’s land between India’s Jammu and Pakistan’s Kashmir, dubbed Border Post 99. He initially hates the assignment due to the remoteness of the region and the compounded danger of being alone in case of an enemy attack. He lives in a constant state of vigilance driven by prejudices against his enemy. He finds peace after a while and even begins to enjoy the serenity of the place.

Captain Abid Khan is a relatively more experienced Pakistani soldier. He has served for 9 years and had several postings in a multitude of terrain and is now weary of conflict. He takes his posting more positively as a chance to relax and reflect. His peace is however disturbed when the 2 soldiers meet at a stream separating the two territories. The immediate tension between them is evident by how they react to each other. Driven by their prejudices, they cautiously engage each other over a period of weeks in mock prank attacks as direct confrontation is prohibited by a cease-fire order by their respective superiors. The pranks progressively rise in intensity, from fouling pistols to ingenious life threatening traps. In the course of these games, they come to find out about their secret ties; which include Sharma’s hometown in India. However, their new found appreciation of each other is tested when the Indian military chooses to attack the Pakistani base.

This book touched on classical concepts of warfare; hatred and prejudice. The author weaves a humorous tale on how the 2 soldiers treat each other with contempt borne out of years of prejudice. How the two come to terms and finally cooperate was a great plot twist. Allowing the author’s message to be clearly conveyed; that love trumps over hated and prejudice is always driven by baseless fears.

I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was a short and easy read, the message was concise and thought provoking and can be used as a guide in calming tensions especially between spiteful neighbors, like India and Pakistan, who have a common ancestry. I agreed with this message fully and the interesting story. I would recommend this book to everyone other than the most sensitive of readers or children as there’s quite some cursing involved. There were no grammar errors worth noting.

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Post by ritah » 07 Aug 2017, 07:53

This book is one I really want to read, it's been recieving rave reviews.

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Post by Naval Aulakh » 07 Aug 2017, 11:01

The review is very good. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for the review.
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Post by juliusotinyo » 07 Aug 2017, 11:02

Hi ritah,
Its a quick and exciting read. I loved it

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Naval Aulakh wrote:The review is very good. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for the review.
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Thanks for stopping by and your kind words.

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Post by Ayosinmi » 08 Aug 2017, 11:41

Very nice review dear. Do you know that I have been itching to read this book for a while. But your review will make me read it very soon.
So what happens when they got attacked? Did they pick different sides? I guess I have to find out from the book. Well done dear
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Post by juliusotinyo » 08 Aug 2017, 12:26

Ayosinmi wrote:Very nice review dear. Do you know that I have been itching to read this book for a while. But your review will make me read it very soon.
So what happens when they got attacked? Did they pick different sides? I guess I have to find out from the book. Well done dear
Hi,
Thanks for your comments. I believe am not supposed to offer any spoilers. Grab the book, you will enjoy it. Besides, you can finish it in like 3 hours tops.

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Post by Ayosinmi » 08 Aug 2017, 13:01

Hahahahahahahahaha. Indeed. I will get a copy and read it. Cheers
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Post by jemgirl202 » 08 Aug 2017, 13:02

I have heard so many great things about this book and loved your review! I will be adding it to my shelves!

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Post by juliusotinyo » 08 Aug 2017, 13:11

Ayosinmi wrote:Hahahahahahahahaha. Indeed. I will get a copy and read it. Cheers
Please do, I'll read your review. Cheers.

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jemgirl202 wrote:I have heard so many great things about this book and loved your review! I will be adding it to my shelves!
Thanks, have a look at it. I await to read your review

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Post by jeminah28 » 08 Aug 2017, 18:48

Thanks for your review. I wanna check this book. You made a very nice review. This book really sound interesting.
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Post by juliusotinyo » 08 Aug 2017, 20:02

Jem Tomarong wrote:Thanks for your review. I wanna check this book. You made a very nice review. This book really sound interesting.
It really is interesting, Jem. Have a look and let me know.

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Post by jeminah28 » 08 Aug 2017, 20:18

Thanks because it is also a short book. As what you said ,it is easy to read. Thanks for your honest review.
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Post by juliusotinyo » 08 Aug 2017, 20:23

Anytime Jem, anytime..

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Post by Darakhshan Nazir » 09 Aug 2017, 10:54

I feel this book serves as a lesson to everyone in maintaining peace. These two countries always had a rough time since 1947 . Thank you for such a nice review
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Post by juliusotinyo » 09 Aug 2017, 11:27

Darakhshan Nazir wrote:I feel this book serves as a lesson to everyone in maintaining peace. These two countries always had a rough time since 1947 . Thank you for such a nice review
I believe these problems were as a result of 1000's of years. During my time in India,I asked many old charges I met about this conflict and almost all of them stated the issue about the Muslim invasion after the rule of Genghis Khan (now, thats quite a while back!). Historical injustices centered on religion, I think.

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