My book Beyond NJ 9842: The Siachen Saga launched: A glimpse of the function

Me and my wife Neha with RAdm Sudarshan Shrikhande


Thirty years ago today, Op Meghdoot was launched. My book Beyond NJ 9842: The Siachen Saga detailing the three decade long operation and personal stories of triumph and tragedy, fear and joy of soldiers and air warriors involved in India’s longest running military operation, was released in Delhi on 11 April. Here’s a glimpse of that function. Some of the excerpts from the book can be found here:;         
Former Home secy Gopal Pillai, Gen VP Malik and Bloomsbury’s Suresh Gopal
Param Vir Chakra Bana Singh with Siachen veteran Gopal Karunakaran


Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia (r) with me and Siachen veteran Ashu Beri


Brig VN Channa (r) with Suresh Gopal and Ashu Beri
Gp Capts Maheshwar, Sandeep Mehta and Capt DK Sharma of the Indian Navy


Me with G. Parthasarathy and Gen VP Malik

They got publisher wrong though

Felicitating the Chief guests


Felicitating Bana Singh


On stage


Introducing the book


Friends Ravi and Lakshmi and Brig Chatterjee behind Ravi


NDC Commandant VAdm Sunil Lanba and Andamans Lt Governor Gen AK Singh


The distinguished audience
Gopal Pillai, Air Marshal SG Inamdar and DG Air Ops, Air Marshal SB Deo


Friends Gopal and Geeta Karunakaran
KS Bajwa; back row Lt Gen Prakash Katoch and Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal


Maj Gen BK Sharma (green shirt), Maj Gen Ian Cardozo, IDSA’s Ajey Lele behind Gens Katoch and Thapliyal


Friends Ajay Banerjee, Capt DK Sharma, Maj Gen Subrata Saha, Maj KG Krishna (from left to right)


Maj Gen Bobby Mathews (2nd from left)


Explaining the making of the book


My brother Atul (in tie), Journalists Sandeep Bhushan and Rajeev Ranjan


Blommsbury Staff who contributed to the book immensely


Our children Harsh and Utkarsh


MC Nandita Bhardwaj


My better Half Neha (in saree) and sister-in-law Kalyani



Gopal narrating his experience on the glacier


Reacting to a remark


Gen Malik smiling at Bana Singh’s remarks


Gen Katoch speaking about his command of the Siachen briogade


India’s only Param Vir Chakra winner on Siachen Bana Singh recounting the 1987 battle


Bana Singh: authentic hero


Getting ready to unveil the book


The book is relaesed



Gen VP Malik speaking


G. Parthasarthy explaining why Siachen can’t be given up


Brig VN Channa, his wife beside him, speaking for the first time in public


Various guests


A naval trio


Veteran journalist BG Verghese giving me a word of advice


Signing copies



My brother Atul, wearing tie, with the Sandip and Perveen Joshi


Lt Gen Vijay Narula, DG Artillery (in a tie) with Mayank Singh (r) and Col Rohan Anand, Army PRO


Indu Anand of BAE telling me to sign a copy for her fauji father; col Ashwini Channa standing


Gen Katoch’s best wishes


My better half Neha (centre) with Mrs Chatterjee and Kalyani


Gen Narula with me and my brother Atul


Col Rajesh engrossed in the book


Signing copies for our son Harsh’s friends


Our children Harsh (left), Utkarsh (r) and nephew Aditya with Bana Singh


Speaking to journalists


Brig Channa speaking with Neha and Mrs Kulkarni, wife of Lt Gen Sanjay Kulkarni who launched Op Meghdoot 30 years ago today


  1. April 13, 2014 -

    Enjoyed every moment of the function and meeting old friends. Met you too. Am on the first chapter but will really plough through when on a flight to Bangalore on Tuesday.