Kumaoni Nostalgia : Straight From the Heart
Stories of valour, regimental soldiering 'Straight from the heart of a die -hard Kumaoni'.
Colonel NN Bhatia – Publisher Creative Crows.
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The Author Col N N Bhatia writes about his inner sentiment in writing the book - The bravery of late Majors Som Nath Sharma, Shaitan Singh, Prem Nath Bhatia, Lt Bikram Singh, Havildar Nar Singh, late Subedar Sajjan Singh is legendary. The hardy and trustworthy ‘bulas’ and ‘choras’ of the Regiment, the green hackle, that haunting folk song ‘Bedu Pako Bara Masa’ are constant reminders of my association with the Kumaon Regiment! The baal mithai, the singing hill bird ghughuti, the majestic snow clad peaks of Trishul and Nandadevi, the Naini Lake in Nainital, the Kumaon Regimental Centre Ranikhet, the West View Hotel, Chaubatia, Ghingharikhal, the golf ground, the Kainchi and Kalika Mandirs are reminders of my love for the region ! The Canossa Convent and St Mary’s High School where my children studied, Jim Corbet and the wild life park by his name, remote places like Kausani, Bageshwar Dwarhat, Didihat and Dharchula, along mountain hugging serpentine roads and tracks, are synonymous with the diehard Kumaoni spirit that motivates me to dream and write, thereby allowing me to unwind from the stress and strains of life in the super fast lane. While I get nostalgic about the rodenderons, pine and oak trees; the love, loyalty, devotion and respect of the Ahirs and the Kumaonis, the friends I met in and of the Regiment, singing their ‘ragnis’, enjoying ‘karhi and choorma’ or meeting our ex-servicemen and their families while visiting Rewari, Mohindergarh, Narnaul or Kosli are no less memorable.The aim of publishing these articles is to bring these memories to the reader and share my experiences with them in an enchanting manner so very essential for optimizing espirt- de-corps,regimental spirit and combat effectiveness! There may be some repetition in these articles which have been written over a time. They are not placed in any chronological order but come ‘straight from the heart’ of the soldier with in me. Reading them with somewhat the same emotions that run in me, would eventually bind you to my writings -leaving you humming ‘Bedu Pako Bara Massa’ or ‘Attarah November Basath Ko’ synergizing your enjoyment while unfolding the ‘Kumaoni Nostalgia’.
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