The book Colonel Vasanth, AC - Forever Forty' is about the life of Col Vasanth who was awarded the Ashoka Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award in India.Col Vasanth, AC was not just an exemplary soldier, but a caring son, devoted husband and a great father. As a child, his head was filled with dreams of donning the uniform and earning glory and earn it he did on 31st July 2007, while preventing armed militants from crossing over to the Indian side of Kashmir from Pakistan. Forever Forty is a celebration of life. The life of Col Vasanth, AC a life well lived from growing up in a loving household and making wonderful friends, to marrying the woman he loved, raising beautiful children, and staying true to his calling till the very end. It is also a celebration of love. Love, expressed eloquently in more than four hundred letters he wrote home while posted on cold, rugged, inhospitable mountains, spending almost every New Year, birthday and anniversary away from family, while keeping intact his characteristic sense of humour, and writing so evocatively as to bring everything alive. These letters are juxtaposed with the stories related by his close friends and family, giving one a glimpse into his amazing personality nothing short of inspiring.
About the Author :
Subhashini vasanth is an accomplished Classical Bharat natyam dancer who holds a graduate degree in Psychology Literature and journalism. In addition to being a performing artist, she teaches classical dance, enjoys modeling and a bit of acting - she has played the lead role in a play she has written called The Silent Front' that highlights the strength and sacrifices made by a soldier's wife. She loves travelling and has done so extensively - traversing the most inaccessible areas in India as an army wife, and across picturesque European locations as dancer. In memory of her husband Col Vasanth, she has set up the Vasantratna Foundation for Arc through which she reaches out to children of martyrs, especially those from the ranks, to help them with their education in the form of scholarships. She lives with her two daughters in Bangalore. Veena Prasad is a graduate engineer in Computer Science by education. She worked for a large software exporter in India for a few years, and then spent some wonderful years being a MI time mom and has since been writing on a freelance basis. She lives in Bangalore with bet husband and son, and creates crosswords in her spare time..
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