A Tamil book on the Indo-Pak wars was released at the Anna Centenary Library in Chennai on May Day. The event was attended by HV Hande, former health minister and some former members of the defense services. The author, Saroja Sahdevan, is not an expert in strategic affairs, but a seventy-year-old housewife who has written five books, both fiction and non-fiction, with this work.
More important is the circumstances under which he started writing. On the morning of October 29, 2003, her husband, PV Sahadevan, former chief engineer of the Water Resources Department and Chennai water expert, died of injuries sustained in a “hit and run” on the Kotturpuram main road near their residence. Went.
A few months later, as she was struggling to face reality, she came across an article in a Tamil daily which inspired her to write a response which was also published. Thus began his journey in writing. “I started writing even when my husband was alive, although my works were not being published in magazines. However, he encouraged me to continue writing,” she recalls.
The emptiness Ms. Sahdevan felt after losing her life partner was gradually overcome by her passion for writing. “My works include a collection of short stories and a social novel,” she says. As Ms. Sahadevan had obtained a degree certificate in Geography through distance education a few years before her husband’s death, she started devoting her time as a scribe to visually impaired students pursuing higher studies. His services have been recognized by various institutions including Presidency College.
When asked what inspired him to write a book on the wars between India and Pakistan, he replied that the Galwan clash between Indian troops and the Chinese PLA in 2020 and the India-China war of 1962 were among those events. which inspired him to study those developments. was happening on the country’s border with neighbors like Pakistan and China. Starting with Partition, the book covers the 2001 attack on Parliament and the 2019 Pulwama attack. Regarding Dr. Hande’s involvement in the book release, he said that it was the former minister who advised him to bring out his works in the form of books.