Book: Broken Crayons Can Still Colour
Author: Captain Rakesh Walia
Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography
Number of pages: 143 pages
My Rating: 5/5
MY REVIEW: I received a review copy of Broken Crayons Can Still Colour from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The book has been divided into three parts, probably for each stage of the author’s life.
The author first describes his miserable childhood and teenage years, how being orphaned at the age of six, led him to being passed around from relative to relative and the kind of existence that he led. His childhood is best described in the author’s own words as being truly, “Dickensian”.
I loved reading the part where the author gets inspiration to join the armed forces. He holds on to the dream over numerous years and strives to fulfil his dream, managing to overcome various obstacles.
The author has given us a wonderful insight into the rigours of training to be an officer as well as the numerous hardships faced by soldiers on their postings.
Later the author leaves the army and starts life as a civilian. In his new life also, he faces many difficulties and has described how he managed to overcome each one and establish himself in the corporate world.
The book is extremely well-written, interesting and highly motivating. I was both moved and inspired by it. I believe that adults and young people both will definitely benefit from reading this book.