Young Asian Muslim, Aman, is a serving member of the British forces and his fellow soldiers see him only as a comrade, a brother in arms. Umesh Moudgil’s profound story originally planned to be a play or short drama,
highlights how 9/11 changed perceptions irrevocably.
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UNITED KINGDOM – Despite its military setting, Brothers in Arms is, in essence, a story about what makes us the humans we are and how we balance our lives around our core values.
Having researched how people of colour feel when they are part of a fighting force, life changed after 9/11 for those in the military. With the story of Aman percolating with author Umesh Moudgil for many years, his 114- page novel is an intelligent recounting of how this act of terrorism painted a target on every person of colour as a potential threat.
Adeptly bringing to the fore issues such as PTSD and the lasting effects of the theatre of war through his
protagonist’s flashbacks, reactions to loud noises, and the recurring sounds of battle he hears, Umesh
Moudgil’s Brothers in Arms captures what it means to live by your values. A book that will be stamped on the reader’s memory also reminds us that life is about living.
Brothers in Arms follows the life of a young Asian Muslim on his journey, having joined the British fighting forces.
The colour of your skin or where you come from should never affect how people look at you.
The world changed after September 2001, when the twin towers were downed by two hijacked aircraft crashing into them and into the Pentagon. People of all creed and colour condemned the attacks and the murder of innocents in the name of religion.
Brothers in arms do not care about the colour of your skin. For them, it is about the loyalty you have for one another. Who cares if the person fighting next to you is from a different religion when you are in the heat of the battle? He is your brother. He has your back and will die and fight with you.
What 9/11 did was paint a red target on every person of colour as a potential threat. All religions preach happiness, peace, and love.
Aman, a young British Asian, fights for these very reasons. Loyalty, love, and honour are his backbone. His brothers in arms do not look at him because he is Asian but just as another soldier doing his job and being there as a unit.
The valour shown by these young soldiers can only be admired. Most of them, if they return, will never be the same mentally and physically. Many will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, proud men with deep scars of the theatre of war.
The author says:
“I have tried to provide a delicate look at how we balance our lives around these topics and how we live by them.”
“I used to work in London Bridge, and on the fateful day that the twin towers were hit, we were in a meeting with the BBC. That changed my life, and the idea for Brothers in Arms formed over the next so many years.”
Receiving positive reviews, Amazon, Goodreads, Google:
“I am really impressed with this book and the kind of deep research done by the author. The author wrote this book from the bottom of his heart. “The Book is not a religion but love, compassion.
Published by Austin Macauley Publishing, Brothers in Arms is available in paperback (£7.36) and Kindle (£3.50) at Amazon https://amzn.to/3jDuGrr and https://amzn.to/3dHyJPB respectively. It is also available at Barnes & Noble, WH Smith and Waterstone, and other bookshops.
About the author:
I came to the UK when I was five years old from India with my parents for a better life. Growing up in the 70s, I witnessed racism first-hand and I have seen how the UK has changed over the years.
Like most Asians growing up, I wanted to do well for my parents but never reached the pinnacle of my studies that they wished for. That is why I went into a sales career, to open me up. I have always had a vivid imagination and could visualise a story in my head quickly. The author is one among the top 25 authors of EnGame.
Now 56, I have three adult kids. I love my writing because it allows me to grow and bring ideas to life. My characters reflect my views, and within them, I live.