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Undaunted: Lt. Ummer Fayaz of Kashmir by Bhaavna Arora


Undaunted: Lt. Ummer Fayaz of Kashmir by Bhaavna Arora

Hello nerds!
The Booknerds Hangout
Dehradun Book Launch
Undaunted: Lt. Ummer Fayaz of Kashmir by Bhaavna Arora
March 23,2019
4 pm-6 pm
Guts and Glory Cafe
Next to Hotel Forest Avenue
Mussoorie Road
Dehra Dun

About the book:
9 May 2017. Lt. Ummer Fayaz was brutally murdered by armed militants in Kashmir while he was back home, attending a wedding in the family. The death sent a nation into shock and immortalised the memory of a young man with conviction beyond his years.

In his brief, inspiring life, Ummer joined the army to set an example and galvanize fellow Kashmiris to move beyond the cycle of violence that unrest in the state had forced them into.

Deeply researched and told with feeling, Undaunted is the extraordinary story of an extraordinary life.

Ummer epitomizes ‘Kashmiryat’ in its truest sense and will go down in history as a hero who chose to serve the nation, against all odds.

-General Bipin Rawat. Chief of the Army Staff

Bhaavna Arora's deep field research on the life and times of young Lt. Ummer Fayaz, not without its own inherent dangers, reveals just what are the aspirations of most young Kashmiris.

-Lt. Gen. Ata Hasnain. Former Military Secretary of the Indian Army

A soul-stirring book.

-Lt. Gen. Satish Dua. GOC 15 Corps during the Surgical Strikes and execution of Burhan Wani

Bhaavna has truthfully conveyed all she witnessed, and in this lies the real value of the book.

-Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda. Northern Army Commander during the Surgical Strikes

Ummer is an icon for our warriors and children.

Maj. Gen. G.D. Bakshi. Army Historian

It’s a must-read for all Indians who care about Kashmir, its future and for those Kashmiris who refuse to be cowed down by terror threats when it comes to serving their country.

-Neeraj Kumar. Former Commissioner of Police, Delhi. Man behind the Nirbhaya arrests and conviction

This book has the potential to make many Lt. Ummer Fayazs.

-Major D.P. Singh. India’s first blade runner and Kargil war hero

This book is a plea for hope. Without stating the obvious, it is a cry for Kashmir, a prayer for young Kashmiris to take a deep look at who their heroes should be.

-Major Gaurav Arya. Defence Analyst

I am particularly struck by the lengths to which Bhaavna has gone to render an authentic account of Kashmir, its life and the life of armymen posted there.

-Major Surendra Poonia. President Awardee, Special Forces Veteran

About the author
Bhaavna Arora has three best-selling books to her credit—The Deliberate Sinner, Mistress of Honour and Love Bi the way.
Before a career as an author, Bhaavna headed a business school for a few years. The latent scribe in her could no longer be ignored and she now pursues her passion full-time.

A contemporary author, her books and genres are versatile. The strength of her writing is in her robust research that flows through as realistic narrative.

Undaunted took two years of painstaking research, including six months of travel to the Kashmir Valley, the IMA, the NDA, MHOW, Devlali and Akhnoor to weave an authentic account of Lt. Ummer's life.

Lead Discussant: Maj Shalini Singh

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