​BOOK REVIEW OF- Army Girl Steals Civilian’s HeartBy- Oswald Pereira

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 2044 KB

Print Length: 172 pages

Publisher: Oswald Pereira (21 September 2017)

Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Language: English

Amrita Datta is petite and pretty, with large light brown eyes. But she calls herself an Army Girl, because of her army background. Her father and his two brothers were army officers, inspired by an uncle who almost became army general when Jawaharlal Nehru was Prime Minister. Marrying army officers is a tradition in both her father and mother’s side of the family.   Oscar Pereira, macho and handsome, is a reporter in the Mumbai edition of Newstimes, India’s largest newspaper. He comes from a family of staunch Christians. Delhi-based Amrita joins Newstimes as a trainee in Mumbai, as part of her one-year training programme. Busy with chasing front page stories, Oscar barely notices Amrita. Then when she has just twenty days left to return to Delhi, she is assigned to accompany Oscar to report on the Ganapati immersion at Chowpatty beach. But, both pay little attention to the event, because they suddenly discover love, although they have little in common – socially, culturally and religiously.  Will Oscar’s parents accept a non-Christian? Will Amrita’s parents allow a civilian in the army clan?

The word army inculcates something like to sober up, which seems to many like making life “so serious,” as if seriousness precluded joy, warmth, spontaneity and fun. But there can be a delusional, blind quality to non-sober festivities. To have our eyes open soberly with all our senses and memory intact allows some of the most rewarding, soul-nourishing, and long-lasting pleasures possible. Does this mean that Seriousness is too boring to the playful human condition? A heart of stone that has a long face can never express love? The title gives us a perfect backdrop of the story; something intense- but yet cute.


The author has no doubt has beautifully proven the point that highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness; it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empathy who is broken; it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.

I also loved the way he projected love from both “army” and a “civilian’s” point of view. And finally I really loved the way the author has brought out the theme of love in this plot. When a writer falls in love with you – their very soul bursts open like a supernova brightly lighting up everything in its way. They will write spells on your skin and carve your name onto their bones and make you theirs. Love is when unknowingly you are moving to a world of no return, Where your desire and your fragrance together burn all one’s thoughts in canvas of your mind and soul turns in to a masterpiece as your life’s aim and goal looks you are taken over and over away by one showering in you as a rain of one and only one. That’s love- irrespective of an army girl or a simple civilian. 


Overall I would like to rate the book 41 on a scale of 50.

4 stars out of 5

Originality of the plot and sub plots- 8/10

Net emotions in the story- 8/10

Usage of words and phrases-8/10

The title, cover and the illustration-8/10

The net impact on the readers- 9/10


Reviewed by-

Sayan Basak


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