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In conversation with Mukul Deva: India’s first military thriller writer!

An alumnus of La Martiniere College, Lucknow, the National Defence Academy, Pune and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Mukul Deva was commissioned in December 1981 into the Sikh Light Infantry of the Indian Army. He took early retirement from the army after fifteen years of service, including a decade of combat operations in India and overseas. He is now an entrepreneur and motivational speaker, leadership, business and executive coach, and consultant.

He is the author of ‘Time After Time..It all Happened‘, ‘S.T.R.I.P.T.E.A.S.E: The Art of Corporate Warfare‘, ‘M.O.D.E.L: The Return of the Employee‘, the recently released ‘The Dust Will Never Settle‘ and four bestselling books in the ‘Lashkar series: ‘Lashkar‘, ‘Salim Must Die‘, ‘Blowback‘ and ‘Tanzeem‘.

Aseem: An army man writing books. Now that’s something new at least in India. How has your experience been?
Mukul: Yes I guess it’s how most people perceive army men. And how army men view themselves. Most of the ones I know are very articulate and have great stories to tell. I simply decided to tell them, without thinking too much about it. In any case I have always believed that I can do anything if I wish to do it since it is seldom capability, but belief in our capability that matters. As for the journey – it’s been incredible. And continues to be so… I find I am full of ideas and the words don’t seem to stop flowing… ‘Tis as though of (literary) Viagra I have drunk…:)

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Book Review – Tanzeem

Tanzeem is the fourth and final installment (After Lashkar, Salim Must Die and Blowback) in Mukul Deva’s series of military thrillers. He has written these books at such breakneck speed that he released the 4 books over a span of 4 years from 2008 till 2011. I like many others am in love with his Tom Clancy style writing. And ever since I read Blowback, I was waiting for the day I could lay my hands on Tanzeem.

The book begins where Blowback ends. After the confrontation with the heads of the Indian Mujahideen, Iqbal, the undercover Force-22 operative decides that he needs to go into the heart of Pakistan and take out the killing machines with his own hands. Despite attempts by the top brass to prevent him from taking such a decision, he doesn’t heed their warnings and takes on the arduous journey. The rest of the story deals with how he succeeds in finding and befriending the group of terror masters waiting to unleash a wave of urban global terror. Does he succeed? Is he killed? You got to read it.

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Book Review – Blowback

“Blowback” is the third in the Lashkar series by Mukul Deva. With his amazingly vivid descriptions of what goes in the mind of a terrorist, to how terrorist attacks are planned to even describing weapons in great detail, Mukul has brought alive the concept of military thrillers in India.

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Salim Must Die – Book Review

‘Salim Must Die’ is the second book in the Lashkar series by Mukul Deva. If you enjoyed Lashkar, you will love Salim Must Die. If you are craving for the growth of the thriller genre, Salim Must Die is for you. If you want a dose of reality and fiction intertwined, Salim Must Die should be your next read.

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Who the hell cares where Obama sleeps or does eh huh?


Barack Hussain Obama is finally in India for the first time after taking oath in office. A lot has been said about him being the first black president and him ranting across the spectrum in USA about doing this and doing that. And how can we forget his anti – India outsourcing rhetoric since even before taking office. But who cares about all that? He has come to India for the first time and we being Indians “atithi devo bhava” (treat your guests like god) are according him more than god like status.

See these for some numbers (RUMOURED): –

Cost of the trip each day – US $200 million
Number of rooms booked – 870+ which includes Hyatt, Taj and Oberoi
Number of people travelling – More than 3000
How many days – 4 if we also include 9th which is the day he takes off!

Ok so Obama is coming to improve his economy, get more jobs, say that India and US are UNITED against terror and also sign trade deals and go to functions and dos having India inc. So? Why is it such a god damn big deal?

Is he going to make us anymore safer from Pakistan?
Is he going to give us the best jobs in the world and we wont be unemployed anymore?
Is he going to make our industry the best in the world?

I DONT THINK ANYTHING OF THAT SORT WILL HAPPEN! SO WHATS THE BIG DEAL THEN?

Its just the old god damn famous attitude of us Indians to please everything foreign. Have the best food menus, service, trip, security and whatever and then the person comes and gives a slap on our faces and we don’t even realize. How cool right? Providing all this to him and his fleet or shall I say city of men and women with complete discomfort in terms of cancellation / rescheduling of flights, security hassles and much more to all of us is at best PLAIN OUTRAGEOUS!

What this trip offers Obama is nothing more than spending some time roaming around Delhi and Mumbai doing nothing and signing so called deals. HAHAHA! But at US $200 million a day, it doesn’t sound too cheap, does it? But then I guess that’s the cost of fooling the Americans on the war in Afghanistan too. So he seems more than happy with it.

I would like to end by quoting some lines from G Khamba’s latest blog post on Obama: –

First things first – it’s lovely to be in Mumbai. It reminds me of New Orleans post Katrina.

Air Force One was taxiing around the airport so long I thought some Sikh gentleman replaced my pilot.

Air Force Two is basically just full of computers that needed to get fixed at Nehru Place in Delhi. Part of my austerity drive.

Saw Mukesh Ambani’s Antilla while we were landing. Now THAT’s a building I wouldn’t mind a plane crashing into. #uglyasfuck

Michelle is now the tallest man in India.

Indians everywhere are calling Michelle Kali. I knew she was strong, but didn’t realise Indians thought of her as a goddess. Win 🙂

Who are these Jaypee Builders and why does my Blackberry have 300 sms’s offering to sell me an apartment?

Just got off the phone with a young lady from some HDFC. Have secured major loans to sail over the recession. The trip is already win.

Spent a lot of time researching about India on Rediff comments, and am disappointed no one has offered me cow urine so far.

For more log on to: – http://www.gkhamba.com/2010/11/things-obama-will-never-say-in-india.html

AS WE SEE FROM GKHAMBA’S POST, MR OBAMA’S VISIT HAS GIVEN SOME INTERESTING, LOVELY AND OUTRAGEOUSLY FUNNY CANNON FODDER FOR US NETIZENS!!! 😛 AND IT ALSO GIVES AN OPPORTUNITY TO CRITICISE THE NEWS CHANNELS CONSTANT REPORTING OF WHERE HE SLEEPS AND WHEN HE TIED HIS SEAT BELT ON THE AIRFORCE JET!

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