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In Quest of the Last Victory, 2nd Edition by Navin Gulia

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Early Years

It is the 16th of July 1973. The place is an army hospital in the military barracks of Delhi, the capital city of India, till then still known around the world more as the great colony Britain once had. The day is breaking over the freshly white-washed, pale yellow-coloured structures with loose reddish-brown tiled roofs, half covered and camouflaged by huge trees.

The smell of smoke from the chimneys of coal stoves in soldiers’ cookhouses (kitchens) rises and permeates gently through the freshness of the morning air. The chirping of birds which began by dominating the day break, after seeming to fight with it for a while, gradually succumbs to mingle with the noise and the light of the day. A loud siren goes off somewhere in the ...

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