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After leading a sheltered life for 16 years, Pessi, Bertie, Randy and Maachh are thrust into the world of the National Defence Academy. Soon they realize that life here is not just about spit and polish but six terms of adventure and achievement. It is about soaring ambition and tough challenges, a punishing regimen and endless Puttie Parades. 

However, rugged training and severe ragging cannot keep their spirits down for long. Weaving yarns about imaginary girlfriends, bragging about their escapades and sexual exploits, they turn from greenhorns to tough soldiers. United by their experience, these comrades-in-arms form a bond for life. 

Tanushree Podder, in this tongue-in-cheek saga of youth, camaraderie and 'growing up', skillfully reconstructs life at NDA - where boys become men of honour.

©2008 Tanushree Podder (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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very accurate

most accurate account of NDA,however a little old now,some of the things have changed,but will surely immerse veteran officers in nostalgia

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great experience!!

dreaming about joining and living in the national defence academy is brought forth through the eyes of cadets themselves.

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Great content, poor narration

The voice of narrator was flat, expressionless and sometimes robotic

Content was really good and great storyline

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good read about army trainings

it's a good read about army training and a boy becoming a man by experiencing hardships

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Must try

The right book both for aspirants and non aspirants alike.
Full of fun, drama and life! The narrative is also very amazing.
Do give it a shot.

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Good audiobook

A very nice audio book. Even though I never studied in a military school, this book brought back some of the memories from my high school days.

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just amazing

woww... I used to think how school passed out guys are transformed into great Warriors .. this book has explained it.. they way narrator has narrated the book everybody would like it.

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Smooth Read

Very easy and smooth book. Enjoyed. It's a good timepass. It shows the life of the trainees inside THE NDA. By and large, the reader is able to maintain a distance from the book as if he is a witness. But the final section where the book glides towards its end, emotions successfully creep in. One surely becomes emotional at the bidding adieu. Thankfully there were no surprises. Written by a lady author, would have loved a lady narrator though the gentleman also did a good job.

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A brilliant but a simple narration

Loved it. Narration and storyline is so simple that you end up identifying yourself with it. Through the narration of various episodes in lives of cadets, you end up remembering your own life and times you spent with your friends. Brings a gentle smile while you listen. No too many highs or lows, simply flows through. A well modulated voice too. Like one of those Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies.... simple but absolute must watch. Just a small irritant though. At times some dialogues flow in Hindi as it suits the story. however, immediately after, it's translated in English and repeated. not necessary and disturbs the flow. But a way too small irritation to be bothered about. A must listen.

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awesome 👍 is too less

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. Awesome 👍 is too less. Wow, what a story and What a narration! Raanvijay voice is compliment to the story. It made feel, I'm leaving in Academy. I thoroughly enjoyed every part, incident and chapter. Though yeh dil mange more. Thank you.