The powerful, moving stories of Indian soldiers in the First World War and how the War ultimately led to the call for Indian independence.
Shrabani Basu was born in Calcutta, graduated from St Stephen's College, Delhi, and earned her Master's at Delhi University. She has been the London correspondent of Ananda Bazar Patrika group since 1988, writing for Sunday, Ananda Bazar Patrika and The Telegraph. Basu has appeared on several radio and television programmes in the UK including Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 and several documentaries on Queen Victoria, Noor Inayat Khan and curry. She founded the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust in 2010 to campaign for a memorial for the WWII heroine. The memorial was unveiled by Princess Anne in November 2012. She is the author of Curry: The Story of the Nation's Favourite Dish, Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan and Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant.
A stirring, fascinating and fresh account of a part of our history
that should be declared Not Forgotten * Ian Hislop *
A beautifully written book that gently yet powerfully reminds of the debt freedom owes to the Indian soldier and nation. It is compellingly different and it's timing perfect. It serves humbly to remind we British of the debt we owe the people of the sub-continent and of the ties that irrevocably bind us together * Lord Richards, Former Chief of Defence Staff *
Shrabani Basu has captured the epic drama and the human tragedy of World War I with an artist's eye and a historian's mind. Her narrative vivifies a chapter of modern history that had dullened into sepia * Gopal Gandhi *
In this moving chronicle of dauntless courage and human fortitude, Shrabani Basu restores to history and to greatness valorous men orphaned by the king they served and forgotten by the country they loved * Shashi Tharoor *
Basu's book tells us of children as young as 10 who fought in the frontline; of special arrangements made by the British to accommodate caste and religion, including separate funeral provisions; of the enduring blight of untouchability, even on foreign shores; and of outstanding examples of bravery, earning 11 Indians the Victoria Cross * The Hindu *
In her new book For King and Country, the historian Shrabani Basu movingly explores the ordeals, and the achievements, of the million-plus Indian troops who fought for the Empire in the First World War * Independent *