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Lipsticks versus LMGs

One of the most common thing that you’d do while reading this book — apart from flipping through the pages fast — is a periodical checkup on the author’s background on the first page.

books Updated: Jul 24, 2010 01:25 IST

Title: She’s A Jolly Good Fellow
Author: Sajita Nair
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 250

One of the most common thing that you’d do while reading this book — apart from flipping through the pages fast — is a periodical checkup on the author’s background on the first page.

For someone’s first shot at writing, Sajita Nair manages incredibly well to get under the skin of Second Lieutenant Deepa Shekhar, one of India’s lady army officers. Not entirely funny, this one is a smooth read.

Skepticism, politics, attitude, agony, grit... everything that could have possibly been a part of a time when women had first stormed into the heavily ‘manned’ baston of the Indian Army, is depicted in a lucid manner.

The invasion of lipsticks and lingerie into the world of guns and gaalis (slangs) is quite interesting. Not only that, it also a story about friendship and parallel thoughts. Priced probably just a few bucks too much, this one, nonetheless, is a nice read.