Friday, January 24, 2014

#BookReview : Only One Life To Give by Wing Commander Arun Kaul (Retd.)

On the jacket:

An Air Force officer who upholds the nation's dignity...

A sister who gives her life to care for her younger sibling...
A bureaucrat who pays with his life for upholding his duty...
A father who rises above personal grief... 

Only One Life to Give is a collection of stories of such individuals who live by the values of compassion, honesty and dignity. 

The collection is an attempt to create a circle of influence t
hat encourages us to extend a helping hand to strangers, family and friends. It is these circles of influence that help us build a tight knit society.


When I received this book for review, I was genuinely not sure what to expect inside and to be truthful, I began reading with zilch expectations. But, once I finished reading it, I recommended two other people in the family to read it. 

An anthology of short stories, Only One Life To Give is a collection of fifteen stories from the Air Force. I am guessing they are straight out of the author's life, or inspired by real life incidents. 

Heart touching, educative, and very humane, these stories touch a few raw nerves and make you think. The way human emotions have been displayed, show very fine craftsmanship. Characters can be related to and after reading every story, one can clearly understand why, people in the Indian Air Force are respected so much. 

I personally love short stories, they speak volumes in just a few pages. And Only One Life To Give is an easy read, yet it's the kind in which, after every story, you might want to take some time off to ponder.

Rating: ****/5

[This is an author request review. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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