Sunday, 19 March 2017

My Book Review: Four Miles to Freedom by Faith Johnston

My Book Review: Four Miles to Freedom by Faith Johnston

*Publisher: Random house *ISBN: 978-8-184-00487-8 *No of Pages: 177 *Genre: Non-Fiction *Cover: Hardback *Language: English *Price: 350 INR *Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

Four miles to freedom is all about Indian soldiers who were prisoner in POW (Prisoner of war) camp, I know about the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, which created new country called Bangladesh. But I was seldom know about those who were being kept in a prisoner of war camps, how they were being treated, what food they were being given and their daily life in POW.

This is a story of brave Indian army men Dilip Parulkar, Malvinder Singh and Harish Sinhji who made an escape plan to return their homeland. I don’t want to spoil by revealing the entire plot of escape but while reading the book I came to know about how Indian troops being prepared for war and what items they carry while they were on a mission. Although their escape doesn’t turn out to be successful but their attempt and never say die attitude is very appreciative.       

Four miles to freedom is a real story of Indian Army pilots whose fighter plane was shot by the Pakistani troops in a war of 1972. A huge credit goes to Faith Johnston who has interviewed Indian soldiers and presented this non-fiction to the readers. Although sometimes I was bored by reading the same scene otherwise it’s a well and inspirational book.

I recommend this motivated book to today’s youth for dedication and success from their work. I am very thankful to thereaddictsbookblog for providing this wonderful book.


When Flight Lieutenant Dilip Parulkar was shot down over Pakistan on 10 December 1971, he quickly turned that catastrophe into the greatest adventure of his life. On 13 August 1972 Parulkar, along with Malvinder Singh Grewal and Harish Sinhji, escaped from a POW camp in Rawalpindi. Four miles to freedom is their story.

Based on interviews with eight Indian fighter pilots who helped prepare the escape and the two who escaped, as well as research into other sources, Four Miles is also the moving, sometimes amusing, account of how twelve fighter pilots from different ranks and backgrounds coped with deprivation, forced intimacy, and the pervasive uncertainty of a year in captivity, and how they came together to support Parulkar’s courageous escape plan.