Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Broken Crayons Can Still Colour by Captain Rakesh Walia

The opening chapters of "Broken Crayons can Still colour" by Rakesh Walia took me back to my younger days when I had read Oliver Twist by Dickens. No, the language differs highly in the expression, however, the context is quite the same. A young child's fate to orphanhood, and the struggle to come out of it and make a name in the world. This one, based in our very own India.

The Genre of this book can be classified as an autobiography since the author has written about his life in a span of a couple of hundred pages from his perspective. The terrible closeness of the book to reality makes a reader wonder what would they do if they had been in the shoes of Captain Walia. That is the reason why I liked this book a lot, it felt like a story that I had known for a long time but read only now, the familiarity and comfort I found in it was exceptional.

There is a incident in the story where the author writes how he had his first encounter with tobacco, and personally I liked how he honestly accepts his first trial of the same. The story then moves on to his selection and experiences in the army. Honestly, for me this bit became slow because I personally have never enjoyed reading about wars. Yet the pictures attached with the same managed to hold on my interest, as if I had known this man for long.

Romance is not missing in this novel, since the author's unconditional love for his wife despite knowing about an issue that might interfere in their marital bliss ( I am not saying that because I don't wanna give a spoiler). All in all, the book is a medley of several emotions, several decades and several struggles of a man in his life. The book provides a huge source of inspiration, how anyone can achieve anything with true and pure desire.

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