I finished reading the book Gurkha Better to die than live a coward: my life with the Gurkhas by Colour Sergeant Kailash Limbu yesterday. This book is a first from a serving Gurkha soldier and has also been created to mark the 200 years of service to the British crown. I read this book with an open-mind and fortunately, it turned out to be a nice read which highlights brotherhood or shall I say, Gurkhahood and tries best to give readers an account of what life was like during their time in Now Zad (Nawzad, Afghanistan). For a non-Nepalese, this book also answers a lot of questions from life in Nepal, the Gurkha selection process and the way the Gurkhas work.
Throughout the book, there is one soldier who really stands out for his enthusiasm, energy and driven nature. Whilst reading the book I wondered where these soldiers were now. The final chapter revealed that the soldier who really stood out is no longer in the world. Quite a shocking end... Saddening.