( book review )
In this tumultuous corner of the world where much is wrong and much needs to be done, Bhaavna Arora’s fourth book offers a tribute to every Indian soldier that has sacrificed his life working towards healing divisions and protecting his motherland. This book is a biography cum real-life story of an extraordinary 22 year old courageous young officer, whose gut-churning murder while he was unarmed and on leave to attend his cousin sister’s marriage, by a few armed militants in Kashmir shook the entire nation in a veritable despair and shame.
One among the many people of Kashmir , Lt Ummer Fayaz was an epitome of patriotism, selflessness and liveliness who joined the Indian Army despite all the chaotic and life threatening challenges it posed to him and his family. He strived hard to make Kashmir the ‘Heaven on Earth’ poets in the past centuries wrote about and galvanize the fellow Kashmiris to move beyond the the cycle of violence that unrest in state had forced them into.
When terrorists kidnapped Lt Ummer on 9th May 2017 and asked for information regarding army operations, he dared to look at his death eye to eye but refused to reveal any information. The cowardice of the terrorists was evident when they beat Ummer black and blue and yet Ummer stood by his men, his training , his institution and his MOTHERLAND.
He chose martyrdom over being disloyal to his nation and showed the entire world what a soldier is made of!
The unfortune murder of a young boy with such high aspirations for his valley and remarkable courage and enthusiasm in all his acts at the prime of his life is not just an inhumane act of terrorism but also a reminder that the problem of Kashmir concerns us all and to solve it is our collective responsibility.
This book is not only a book about this brave officer who chose death over being disloyal to his nation but also a book about one of the finest institutions of our country. A book that talks about the people of Kashmir. A book about the family who lost their everything. A book about real heroes. A book that will fill you with pride and at the same time take you on roller coster ride of emotions with small peeks of humor ,silent cries and deep thoughts.
Bhaavna Arora’s deeply researched and authentic account on Lt Ummer’s life also gives an insight of the facts of Kashmir , it’s existing state, perception of the people of Kashmir, kids , their aspirations, living standards of the locals amidst such chaos and difficulty , and of brave army men serving there despite all odds and life threatening challenges.
In the end, I would like to congratulate the author, Bhaavna Arora to pen down such a brave story of a real life hero Lt Ummer Fayaz. This book quite literally leaves you breathless and your soul stirred at every phase and point.
I would highly recommend this book to all those who believe in the idea of strong, powerful and a just world. ‘UNDAUNTED’ is a book that will fill you with pride and even more respect for the nation and men in uniform who give their today for our tomorrow.
Do read and send your reviews 🙂