Can I have a Chocolate Milkshake?
How would you feel if, one day, you wake up in a hospital to the faces of doctors and nurses? How would you react when you see your dreams shattering right in front of your eyes? And what would go through your mind when you’re barred from pursuing your passion? Crushed and devastated from within? Meet Lt. Siddhant, an epitome of courage and spirit, who woke up to all this one morning and yet remained composed, when told that his right arm has been amputated post a fateful accident. An average human would collapse, but Lt. Siddhant, an Indian Army officer asked, “Can I have a Chocolate Milkshake?” This is the true-story of Lt. Siddhant, who when asked to shed his Olive Greens thereafter, goes on to build a successful career in the corporate world and becomes an inspiration for many. But, how did he get there? How did he win his battle? “Can I have a Chocolate Milkshake?” is a riveting tale of a man overcoming his limitations, fighting against all odds, and emerging as a winner.
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My book has materialized over many years - thanks to the bandwidth issues and stuff like that :) :). I would say, at least about ~97% of the book is all based on true facts. It was an amazing journey - going back in time, remembering how events shaped up, and through to some funny and not-so-funny happenings. The tone of the book is how I am by design - light-hearted, and not preachy at all.
Siddhant (my fictional name) starts his journey from the National Defence Academy (NDA) and traverses through the adventurous life, with every day at NDA (and IMA thereafter), molding the pliable mind into that of an ideal Officer. Without getting into specifics, Siddhant navigates through the several twists and turns before and after the accident (right up to IIM A); it would suffice to say that the story has elements of Inspiration, Action, Humor, Tragedy, and (ahem!) Romance. I hope everyone enjoys reading it, even more than I did (penning it down).
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