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The Khukri Braves: The Illustrated History of the Gorkha

Price : $79.75
ISBN # : 9788129136855
Author : Jyoti Thapa Mani
pages: 408
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Rupa Publications
Published : 2015

‘Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gorkhali!’ (Hail Goddess Mahakali, here come the Gorkhas) —The war cry of the Gorkhas

For 300 years, the Gorkhas of Nepal and India have had a continuous, unique heritage of being celebrated martial defenders with an intact ethnic composition. The Gorkha soldiers were forged through the fires of history to become what they are today.

The first-ever illustrated history of the Gorkhas, The Khukri Braves portrays the rich history and culture of this gallant community in all its vibrancy. Painstakingly researched and evocatively written by Jyoti Thapa Mani, one of India’s best newspaper and magazine designers, this is the first such book by a person of Gorkhali origin.

An exhaustive, vivid compilation of historical research comprising previously unknown anecdotes, surprising facts and breathtakingly beautiful images, it provides a vivid account of the travails and triumphs of the Gorkha community. This is a must-read to understand the heritage of a community heralded for their courage.

Author Bio: Jyoti Thapa Mani, a graduate in graphic design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, has worked in New Delhi as the design head of The Economic Times, Business Today and Businessworld.

Her other Gorkha-related works are: The Illustrated History of the 1st Gorkha Rifles ( The Malaun Regiment) 1815-2008 as its compiler, photographer, visual editor and designer; the book was published in 2008 by the 1st Gorkha Rifles.

Review 1: ‘If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or a Gorkha.’ Source: Late Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, Mc, Ex-Chief Of Indian Army Review 2: Of all the martial groups in human history, none rivals the legend of the Gorkhas. Generals, military historians have sung their praises. This is a rare and fine book by a fellow Gorkha, but a brilliant creative designer not a soldier, and that is why [it is] even more valuable.’

Source: Shekhar Gupta, eminent journalist

Review 2: ‘The Himalayas have been home to the wise and the brave since time immemorial. The gallant Gorkhas have been among the bravest sentinels across these high mountains. Jyoti Thapa Mani presents an evocative tribute to their history, culture and gallantry in a highly readable, well-researched and handsome volume.’

Source: Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy, International Institute for Strategic Studies

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 22 July, 2015.

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