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By: Umesh Moudgil

Brothers in Arms

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The colour of your skin or where you come from should never affect how people look at you. The world changed after September 2001, when the twin towers were downed by two highjacked aircraft crashing into them and into the Pentagon.

People of all creed and colour condemned the attacks and the murder of innocents in the name of religion.

Brothers in arms do not care about the colour of your skin; for them, it is about the loyalty you have for one and another. When you are in heat of the battle, who cares if the person fighting next to you is from a different religion; he is your brother, he has your back and will die and fight with you.

What 9/11 did was paint a red target on every person of colour as a potential threat. All religions preach happiness, peace and love.

Aman, a young British Asian, fights for these very reasons – loyalty, love and honour is his backbone. His brothers in arms do not look at him because he is Asian but just as another soldier doing his job and being there as a unit. The valour shown by these young soldiers can only be admired; most of them, if they return, will never be the same mentally and physically. Many will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, proud men with deep scars of the theatre of war.

Umesh Moudgil was born in India in 1965 and moved to the United Kingdom with his parents in 1970. As a young boy growing up, he experienced all the changes to our multiracial society. Always very shy, he enjoyed writing and had fun in his school years. Growing up in a close-knit Indian household, family was key for him; he has three siblings, all older than him. His parents were the rocks growing up and always wanted the best. Umesh, however, did not want to study and he would always be asking questions. Now married with three children, writing is a form where he can express himself and bring his characters to life. His beliefs are seen clearly in his writing and his characters show the emotions that he feels are good.

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    Brothers in Arms is an intriguing story written by an Indian born author Umesh Moudgil who moved to UK in 1970. Author who has experienced all the changes to our multiracial society has written this book based on his some experiences. Aman wanted to join the British fighting forces as he was inspired by his late grandfather. When Aman informed his family about his decision to join the army, there were arguments in his house. Aman’s grandfather has seen so much violence in the jungles and he returned home as a changed man.

    After Limestone training, Aman was sent to Iraq where he served his first tour of duty. Aman’s grandfather didn’t tell him that war is not that pretty after all. Sometimes it tore you from inside. Aman was also offered to apply for the elite commando team, the Special Boat Service (SBS). His life changed on September 11, 2001. He was deeply affected when the territories hit the Twin Towers in New York.

    Written in 115 pages, this book could be read in two sittings. Cover of the book looks nice and title is suitable according to the contents of the story. Before reading this book, I wasn’t aware about PTSD from which returning soldiers suffer silently. Language used in the book is easy to understand. Narration is smooth and strong.

    This book has sensitive issue discussion like religion, racism so if you are comfortable reading about these topics, then pick this book.

  • Diksha

    The Brothers In Arms died bravely for what they believed in, they had honour, courage and heart. Greetings Dear Readers, Dropping down is the review of the book “ Brothers In Arms “ penned down by author Umesh Moudgil. He has dedicated this book to the 21 brave Sikh Soldiers, a group that was led by Havaldar Ishar Singh who died in the Battle Of Saragarhi.

    The story features Aman Khan, who always dreamt of following the footsteps of his grandfather and join the British Fighting Forces. For Aman, war was full of horrors. The stories of intense battles in Jungle were quite interesting and exciting for Aman as his grandfather didn’t tell him about the abuse he suffered and the scars he was left with as the wars, in reality, were horrific.

    His life changed on September 11, 2001, he was deeply affected when the terrorists hit the Twin Towers in New York. His family didn’t want him to join the army and follow his own father footsteps and have to suffer afterwards. But Aman joined the army and he was sent to Iraq, after the limestone training and here the journey begins. The word Brothers In Arms had a great impact on Aman’s life.

    Brothers in Arms do not care about the colour of your skin, they just know that they need to serve irrespective of the skin colour and religion. The book investigates how affects lives, communities, families. Colour, the creed has no bearing. We are all Brothers in Arms in real life.

    This book is a tribute to all the people who died in unnecessary wars where man’s greed and religion wants to rule. The author wants to convey a beautiful message that doesn’t mix religion with human failings, religious beliefs are about tolerance and love for your fellow men, not hatredness.

    I would highly appreciate the prestigious efforts of the Author behind writing this book. His ideology behind writing this book is commendable. Enthralling story, with a fascinating book cover and title, the engrossing narration is what made this book a perfect read for me.


    There are certain moments in history that are so significant that they become Turning Points, moments that put a bookmark in time and cause the events that follow to be measured by a different standard. From assassinations to terrorist attacks, from political revolutions to economic crashes, such times are often fraught with conflict and tension. We all know about the 9/11 attack and how it changed the world. The 9/11 incident reveals how a badly shaken nation came together, briefly, in a spirit of sadness and patriotism.

    This book is all about that incident and how it created conflicts. The attack targeted people from all religions, no matter what colour of skin you have. The author mentioned that "Brothers in Arms" do not care about the colour of your skin and the title of this book is appropriate and matching with the storyline.

    The story talks about Aman who has a wish to join the British Forces to stop the violence. This story will also share about Aman's life after September 2001. It's inspiring yet heart-wrenching to see the affects of the attack and the sacrifices made by the soldiers to protect the country. It really upset my heart when I came to know about the murders of the innocents in the name of religion.

    I am really impressed with this book and the kind of deep research done by the author. The main reason for liking this book is that it didn't let me get distracted from the story that clearly means that the author wrote this book from the bottom of his heart. I really liked this book because it is based on a true incident and I learned a lot about the difficulties our Soldiers faced and how they risk their lives but never gave up. This masterpiece is just wonderful and I am going to read this again.

    If you haven’t read this book, I insist you pick it up right away. I wish I could write more about this book, but I just can't explain the amazingness of it with my simple, unworthy words.

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