Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

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Postby member_28468 » 27 Jan 2015 18:00

Welcome back vivek je always pleasure to read your new post

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 28 Jan 2015 04:42

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SOUTHWEST OF AMRITSAR
DAY 3 + 0655 HRS


"Is it a question of fuel?” Ansari asked the aviators.

Jagat shared a look with Dutt, who shook his head: “not really, no. Fuel is plenty at least as far as where their current position is.” He pointed a finger to the position on the map where the Pathfinder were holed up. “But beyond that is where the question mark comes in.”

Ansari looked at Gephel and then back to the pilots: “well that’s a problem then. Because for all we know, our target has been on a convoy making his way west while we are debating logistics.” He sighed. “What do we need to do get the fuel in there?”

“We can do a para drop for fuel the way we do for a rapid-deployment FARP,” Jagat suggested. Ansari saw that Dutt was nodding his head. That was good. “That way,” Jagat continued, “we can refuel on the way back. Can the air-force spare a C-130 for this?”

“They can,” Dutt added flatly. “But we will need some security for the location. The pathfinders will have to leave some guards there, or we will have to carry our own guards when we go.”

“No,” Ansari replied, “they can spare a few men for the refueling point. The final assault won’t need that many men anyway.”
“Hopefully.” Gephel added.

Ansari nodded as he put his arms around the edges of the table and leaned over the maps: “we are time critical on this one, gentlemen. The more time we spend discussing this, the more time our target gets to move further away from us. We need to end this…now.”

“I agree,” Dutt said as he folded his own maps and stuffed his pencils in his flight-suit’s pockets. “Let’s get rolling, folks. Ansari, you have the ball for our logistics. You have as much time to make it happen as its going to take us to get airborne and out to the pathfinders and then beyond to the A-O. Jagat and myself are taking flight. Get word to the pathfinders on how this is going to work and we all will make it back alive with the target’s head. No screw-ups, please.”

“Just so long as that head is still attached to a body,” Gephel reminded the air-force pilot.
Dutt scowled: “no guarantees.”

“Okay,” Ansari agreed as he pounded his knuckles on the table. “Let’s get this done!”

Jagat and Dutt walked out of the tent with their other pilots and gunners towing behind them. The two SOCOM commanders watched them leave. Once the last pilot had lowered the flap of the tent behind him, Gephel turned to Ansari: “any news on New-Delhi? Chandigarh?”

Ansari shook his head. His eyes did not meet Gephel’s.
“What about Basu?” Gephel persisted. “And the others? Wasn’t your family in…”

Ansari scowled. “I don’t know! I just don’t know, okay? They are all dead for all I know!” He instantly regretted losing his temper and then rubbed his eyes.
“Look,” he said after a few seconds, “they may still be alive. But without any sort of comms, we have to assume that they are dead. Or incapacitated. At the very least they are off our grids and therefore not relevant just this second. And that applies both to the higher brass as well as our families and friends. There will be enough time to dig through the rubble when this is all over. Believe me!”

“Indeed.” Gephel crossed his arms. His voice thinly disguised his anger. But Ansari knew it wasn’t directed at him. He had known Gephel a very long time for that.

The rounds of the rotors spooling up outside forced the conversation to an end. Ansari turned to face Gephel: “we have work to do. If we don’t get that refueling D-Z set up on time, Pathanya, Jagat, Dutt and the others are going to find themselves in hot water deep behind enemy lines. Hindon and Chandigarh have been destroyed. Where’s the nearest C-130 based right now?”

“That would be,” Gephel flipped through his notes, “Bareilly. All C-130J aircraft that survived the nuclear strike have been relocated there for now.”
“Can they spare one?” Ansari leaned over the maps.

“I think so,” Gephel replied. “Need to make some calls for that, however.”
“Confirm it,” Ansari ordered. “And make sure they know our requirements. Fuel cells for six helicopters, single return flight over the distance specified. And we need it now!”

“I am on it,” Gephel walked away to the other tents that housed the radios. After his colleague was gone, Ansari continued to stare at the locations and routes that they had decided on over the past hour. He knew this would be their last chance to do this. Any delays or screw ups and Haider and his henchmen would be beyond the reach of their surveillance and radius of operations. At that point it might take years to find and kill him.

And that won’t do…Ansari’s face contorted in anger. Haider had to pay for what he had wrought on both countries and the hundred-million people who had been slaughtered. That number struck Ansari for the first time just then: one-hundred million was the conservative estimate for the casualties. It was too early to tell, of course. The mushroom clouds hadn’t even dissipated yet. But even if that number was mostly true, General Hussein and Lt-general Haider were now the single biggest mass-murderers in human history.

Bigger than Hitler and Stalin…

They simply could not be allowed to escape justice. And while Hussein had been killed in Rawalpindi, having refused to evacuate into the hinterlands, Haider was still alive and on the loose.

But not for long. Unbeknownst to Haider, his comms had been zeroed in by a laborious effort by the military-intelligence and RAW personnel. And thanks to input from Pathanya and wing-commander Grewal, they knew that the medical convoy they had seen as the source of the signals was, in fact, accurate.
All the pieces were in place for the final strike.

Ansari thought over the plan and didn’t feel like they had missed anything. The sounds of the helicopter rotors was deafening. The walls of the tent were swaying under the manmade winds from the rotors. He turned over the flap of the tent and stepped out to see seven helicopters parked on the makeshift helipad. Three Dhruv utility helicopters and four LCH gunships. The latter were armed with rocket-pods and Nag anti-tank missiles on twin launchers. The gunners were already swiveling their chin-turrets as they made sure the helmet-gun-slaving was accurate and responsive.

A few moments later Dutt’s LCH lifted off the ground and leapt into the air at full power. The helicopter flew over the trees further away and headed west. The other helicopters lifted in quick unison and followed their leader. Within minutes, all Ansari could see were the distant silhouettes of the helicopters against the pink-red skies of the morning.

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby Vishal_ag » 28 Jan 2015 08:57

Great Writing Vivekji - but somehow, these last 2 posts seem a bit out of place. As far as we know, atleast 4 ballistic missiles have hit Delhi. Bangalore and some other major cities have also been hit by nukes. With 100s of millions dead, the story of Kulkarni's survival or activities of the pathfinders doesn't arouse the same level of interest.

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby srai » 28 Jan 2015 11:19

Vishal_ag wrote:Great Writing Vivekji - but somehow, these last 2 posts seem a bit out of place. As far as we know, atleast 4 ballistic missiles have hit Delhi. Bangalore and some other major cities have also been hit by nukes. With 100s of millions dead, the story of Kulkarni's survival or activities of the pathfinders doesn't arouse the same level of interest.

JMT


Personal stories from civilians (maybe focus on Kulkarni's family) in those cities could provide a glimpse into the horrors, survival and bravery beyond the frontline before, during and after the strikes. Anyone know if there are any official city/state/GoI's WMD contingency plan for population centres?

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby shaun » 01 Feb 2015 09:24

vivekji waiting for your post . :)

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby Cain Marko » 01 Feb 2015 21:27

Vishal_ag wrote:Great Writing Vivekji - but somehow, these last 2 posts seem a bit out of place. As far as we know, atleast 4 ballistic missiles have hit Delhi. Bangalore and some other major cities have also been hit by nukes. With 100s of millions dead, the story of Kulkarni's survival or activities of the pathfinders doesn't arouse the same level of interest.

JMT


On the contrary, this is now the most interesting aspect of the story , I want that bugger haider to be caught and flayed. Come on Vivek, continue this trail.. also, I am a bit curious as to the international situation at present. 100 million plus dead and what will we have after the guilty are caught, Nuremberg type trials or Saddam type public hanging ?

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 02 Feb 2015 05:42

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SOUTHEAST OF RAHIM YAR KHAN
DAY 3 + 0705 HRS


he Arjun tank rumbled to a stop at the junction of the dirt road. Kulkarni looked around and then consulted his map. He had been navigating purely by compass and his mental knowledge of the terrain for the last hour. He had kept a general direction to the east and kept away from urban areas. The last thing he wanted was to be ambushed by a swarm of jihadists out here. Inside the driver compartment of a single tank with no crew, he wouldn’t stand a chance. It was all the more important for him to make as much headway towards the east as possible before the sun came up and the visibility made his tank stick out like a sore thumb, attracting the wrong kind of attention. The ongoing chaos and darkness of the night were his friends.

He saw the pink skies to the east and then checked his wristwatch. Sunrise was imminent. By that time he had to either be within friendly lines or as far out into the eastern desert as possible. Either way, he had to get out of these urban areas. They were death traps.

The road in front of him headed east-west and looked suspiciously like the Rahim Yar Khan road. His tanks had rolled on it on their way towards the town two days ago. If he continued east on it, it should merge with the Islamgarh road and that would take him all the way east to the Indian border. But without any road signs, he couldn’t be sure this was the right road. Besides, out here all roads looked the same. Same trees and bushes scattered around them. Same dirt covering everything. But he reasoned that if he got on the eastward heading road, he couldn’t go wrong.

He accelerated his vehicle forward to the road junction and had to jerk on the breaks almost as fast. An army truck came out of the swirling dust clouds with their headlights on full beam. It nearly smashed into his tank from his blind corner. The truck was only about five meters away from the Arjun when it shuddered to a halt. The headlights of the truck were illuminating the Arjun and blinding Kulkarni.

Kulkarni was overjoyed to have finally run into some friendlies. But that joy was short-lived as he overheard chaotic chatter in what he made out to be Urdu. His heart skipped a beat as he realized that he had run into Pakistani soldiers!

For their part, the Pakistanis were survivors who were also lost and were trying to make their way out of the town. They obviously had not wanted to run into an Indian tank, of all things. Their fear and confusion was mirrored to that of Kulkarni, who thought that he had run into a large force of enemy infantry who would soon realize their numerical superiority over the disabled and undermanned Arjun.

To his surprise, Kulkarni saw the soldiers jumping out of the truck, taking their rifles with them. He thought quick and swiveled the Arjun around to face the Pak army truck head on and then accelerated. The Arjun crashed into the truck and its left track climbed over the flattened truck cabin, pitching the entire tank up. But Kulkarni kept accelerating until the tank had completely crushed the vehicle and moved off it. That truck would never be anything more than scrap metal. He heard the metallic clangs of small-arms fire ricocheting off the tank as the soldiers returned fire.

Kulkarni realized there was no time to mess around here. He swiveled the tank back to the east and drove on. A grenade exploded a few meters behind his vehicle and the small explosion threw gravel and dirt. He ignored the attack and kept driving off. Kulkarni was sweating and hoping that the soldiers wouldn’t think about giving chase to his tank on foot. After two minutes, he was sure that they hadn’t. The chaotic shouts in Urdu and the clatter of rifles died down as his tank continued towards the brightening eastern skies.

It took him another ten minutes of driving before he saw what looked like a blockade on the road, two kilometers away. He brought the tank to a stop to observe better what was down the road. He pulled out his binoculars from his duffel bag and focused on the road…

He let out a uncharacteristically loud shout of excitement.

The blockade he saw was by an Arjun tank parked on the road with its turret swiveled towards him. There were other military vehicles parked on the side of the road and a lot of Indian soldiers waving at him to come towards them. He put the binoculars away and jerked the vehicle into motion. Five minutes later he was sure. The tanks were rhino. The white infrared-visibility diamond painted on their side was unmistakable. He was excited to know who it was. But it also occurred to him then that he only saw a handful of Arjun tanks by the road. He passed by some more tanks and BMP vehicles that had been abandoned by the roadside, but that was it. The rest of the dozens of vehicles he saw were from trishul and other infantry units. This seemed to be a regrouping point for all Indian forces that had made it out of Rahim Yar Khan…

Of all the hundreds of vehicles he had taken in, was this all that had survived?

As he passed by the parked tanks on guard near the road, overjoyed members of his unit were already clambering aboard in joy at seeing their CO alive. Kulkarni pulled to a halt fifty meters past the perimeter defenses and switched off the engines as troops from his unit swarmed next to his driver compartment. He stepped out of the hatch and was greeted by a major from trishul.

“Do we have comms with steel-central?” Kulkarni said as he got down to business.
The major frowned: “negative, sir. Steel-central was wiped out by a nuclear detonation. The original breach point is heavily radiated as per the reports of our N-B-C recon vehicle crews. The engineers are making another breach point further south and we will route through there with all our heavy vehicles and gear as soon as it is open.”

“What do you mean route through there?” Kulkarni asked just as the sounds of an army Dhruv helicopter drowned him out. The helicopter flew overhead as it headed west towards Rahim Yar Khan.

The major pointed at the departing helicopter: “we are under orders to leave the area and pull back into Indian territory, sir. Corps command sent us helicopters to find as many survivors as we can, but with all potential military targets in the region already nuked, corps H-Q feels we are at risk of radiation exposure out here for little gain. We are to complete our evacuations by the end of the day, today.”

Kulkarni muttered an expletive, but nodded at the officer standing next to him. Orders were orders. He looked around to see the general hectic activity: “what else do I need to know?”

The major pointed behind him. Kulkarni turned to see an air force C-130J transport coming to land on some airstrip further south of where they were. The two officers watched as it touched down further away and sent a cloud of dust rising around it. The sounds of its turboprop engines momentarily drowned everything else.

“The air-force is doing medical evacuations of critically wounded personnel from the Sheikh Zayed airstrip nearby. We had been using it as a secondary logistics node before the nukes started flying. Now it is our primary operations center until we pull out.” He waved an arm at the tank Kulkarni had driven in on: “do you have any wounded personnel that need to be evacuated? Additional survivors?”

Kulkarni stared at the soot covered tank he had driven in on and said nothing.

The major understood. “All right, sir. I will leave you to it.” He waved down the road: “our field ops center is down the road, five-hundred meters. All surviving staff from trishul and whoever was lucky enough from steel-central staff to not have been there when the nuke hit, are now operating from there. We could certainly use you there, sir.”

As the officer walked off to do his job of coordinating this chaos, Kulkarni walked over to a nearby truck and sat against its wheel. His mind had been in overdrive processing so much information that his body could not keep up with the stress. He had lost crews before. This wasn’t his first war, as he kept reminding himself. But what horrified him was that the number of crews that had survived under his command were less than those that had been lost in all of the battles against the Chinese. The list of killed and missing personnel was so long that his mind could not process it. All his body could do was stare blankly at the sand in front of him. His job required him to be impassive and stoic. Especially now as the survivors looked to him for decisions to help them get back home.

He saw some of the surviving rhino tank commanders walking up to him. He forced himself to get up and shake off the tears. The young lieutenants and captains assembled around him. He saw their soot covered overalls and faces. As he stood there in silence, they all shared looks with each other before one of them spoke up: “sir, what are our orders? What is rhino tasked to do now?”

Kulkarni looked at the captain as though the man were insane. Even after all that had happened, they looked to him for orders…

“The war is over, captain.” He said finally, his voice cracking under the strain of saying the words.
“Sir?”

“I said, the war is over,” Kulkarni said more forcefully. “All military targets worthy of attention have been or will be nuked by our side. The Pakistanis have been scattered like cockroaches. We need to get more specifics from corps, but rhino is no longer tasked with any strategic objectives.” Kulkarni looked around the faces of the officers to see that most of them had come to the same conclusion at some subconscious level. “So, gents, in light of this, army command has determined that there is nothing but radiation hazard left for rhino and trishul inside Pakistan. And we want none of it. So they are pulling us out.”

The officers looked at each other and Kulkarni saw many of them nodding agreement. One of them finally blurted it out: “so we are going home, sir?”

Kulkarni nodded. He noticed that, to his soldiers, crossing the international border in the desert and entering India felt like entering through the front door of a home, leaving the harsh storm outside. It was a feeling that had been earned in blood out here.

“Yes,” Kulkarni finally replied. “We are going home.”

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby hpatel » 02 Feb 2015 06:32

Amazing writing, Vivek.
Any word on the book?

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby member_28305 » 02 Feb 2015 09:33

Vivekji,
I bought a Kindle for reading chimera on the Go....
Fenix will be available in kindle version also??

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby member_28539 » 04 Feb 2015 13:53

Vivek Sir! Feb First Week ho gya sir! where the book? :mrgreen:

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 08 Feb 2015 15:26

Joshi_Sa wrote:Vivek Sir! Feb First Week ho gya sir! where the book? :mrgreen:


hpatel wrote:Amazing writing, Vivek.
Any word on the book?


Ah. I received the proof copy of Fenix just last week saar. I need to read the whole thing and look for editing errors. Hence the delay. 8)

Give me a few days to read and re-read the book in its hard copy to see if there are things to be fixed before giving the green light for publication onlee!

On a sidenote, Fenix looks awesome in print. A year's worth of work cleaned up and refined into 400 pages. So close to publication now. :D

sibyt wrote:Vivekji,
I bought a Kindle for reading chimera on the Go....
Fenix will be available in kindle version also??


Yes saar, Fenix will be available in Kindle and on amazon india and amazon global sites in hard copies.

Cerberus (next book after Fenix) will be available the same way, unless one of the big-five publishers ever show an interest in picking them up.

-Vivek

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 08 Feb 2015 15:29

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WEST OF LAHORE
DAY 3 + 0800 HRS


"Friendlies inbound!” Vikram announced over team comms from his position up in the tree. Down below, Pathanya turned to Kamidalla: “deploy red smoke.”
“You got it.”

Pathanya watched as Kamidalla took out the smoke canister from his backpack, armed it and tossed it past the trees and into the farms beyond it. Within seconds the red smoke was climbing past the height of the plants and gathering volume. By then the sounds of the helicopter rotors were increasing. Pathanya turned to Grewal as he limped over with the medic: “you ready to go, sir?”

“Major,” Grewal replied, “I owe you and your men my life. I will never forget this.”
Pathanya smiled: “it’s our job, sir.”

Grewal nodded and limped over to the edge of the trees where Kamidalla waited for them. Pathanya shouted over the sounds of the helicopter engines: “Kamidalla, deliver our guest to the birds! And then get to team-two!” He then turned to face the others around him: “the rest of you, we are leaving! Team-one with me. Team-two with Captain Kamidalla! Let’s go!”

By now the tree branches were swaying in the rotor downwash. The first of three Dhruv helicopters landed within the wet mud of the fields. Their landing skids sunk into the slush as they came to rest. Pathanya waved the pathfinders forward. Eight pathfinders advanced from the tree-line just as the red smoke was dissipated by the rotors. Kamidalla and the medic lifted Grewal by the arm and legs and ran with him to the third Dhruv helicopter. The crew-chief of the helicopter swiveled the side-mount machinegun out of the way as they loaded Grewal onboard.

Pathanya walked at a slower pace than the others. He had his rifle up at shoulder level and pointed away from the helicopters and towards the houses further west. He saw several occupants on the rooftops there observing the action. But so far no attacks. He wanted to keep it that way.

He looked at Vikram clambering down from his treetop observation post: “Vik! Get your butt down fast! Stop monkeying around!”
“Coming!” Vikram shouted over the noise. “Don’t leave without me!”

Vikram jumped on to the ground, picked up his rifle and hoisted his backpack. The Dhruv helicopter carrying Grewal lifted off the farm and headed southeast towards the Indian border. Pathanya saw the four LCH gunships flying in a large circle: they were looking for trouble and drawing attention away from the vulnerable Dhruv transports…

“Pathfinder-actual, this is panther-actual!” Pathanya pressed his comms earpiece closer into his ear as Jagat chimed in: “get your asses on board! Now!”
“Wilco!”

Pathanya waved to the others and patted Vikram as he ran past. Within seconds they were boarding. Jagat saw them from the cockpit glass and got the confirmation nod from his copilot that everyone was aboard. He increased power and the helicopter lifted off the ground and pitched forward as it picked up speed. The second helicopter did the same, moment later.

As the LCHs began taking position ahead and behind the transports, Pathanya saw the friendly face of Jagat’s copilot giving him a thumbs up sign from the cockpit.

“Nice to see you too,” Pathanya muttered and waved back. He changed comms to Kamidalla: “you remember the deal?”
“Roger,” Kamidalla responded from the other helicopter. “I remember you leaving me to guard some godforsaken piece of land with half of pathfinder while you and Vik go get some fun! Thanks!”

Pathanya shared a look with Vikram, who smiled. Pathanya responded: “if you don’t keep that FARP secure, none of us are going home. Just remember that.”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah. Team-two copies all!”

The pilots chimed in: “panther-actual, this is panther-two. Looks like this our stop. We are departing for the D-Z. See you on the way back. Over.”
“Wilco, panther-two,” Jagat responded. “Keep alert and radio-in anything that looks out of our playbooks. Out.”

As the second Dhruv and two of the LCHs peeled off, Pathanya moved up the cabin and poked his head between the two pilots: “what’s our E-T-A to the A-O?”
Jagat checked his map displays: “fifteen minutes. Get your men ready. I will sound the warning when we are two minutes out!”

“Roger!” Pathanya said as he moved back from the cockpit. He found the crew-chief manning the side-mounted machine gun leaning out of the entrance into the wind to detect threats below them. It was an unenviable job. Especially in winter. The crew-chiefs had to be dressed in thick thermal gear, face-plate helmets with oxygen masks and a harness to prevent them being thrown out by sudden turbulence. Add to that their helmet-mounted night-vision optics and they looked positively alien. Except for their arms, they showed no discernable human emotions behind all that paraphernalia…

As Pathanya watched, the crew-chief made some sudden motion and then aligned his machinegun against some target and let loose. The entire cabin reverberated with the vibration and noise of the heavy-caliber machinegun barrage. A few moments later they heard the deadly whizzing noises of tracer rounds flying close by…

As Jagat made violent evasive maneuvers, the copilot turned to the passengers: “we are taking fire from Pak army remnants below! Hang tight! We are evading!”

Vikram grabbed the side frame of the helicopter with both hands as he summarized the situation as understood by the pathfinders: “Oh shit!

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby disha » 08 Feb 2015 22:36

vivek_ahuja wrote:
Joshi_Sa wrote:Vivek Sir! Feb First Week ho gya sir! where the book? :mrgreen:


hpatel wrote:Amazing writing, Vivek.
Any word on the book?


Ah. I received the proof copy of Fenix just last week saar. I need to read the whole thing and look for editing errors. Hence the delay. 8)

Give me a few days to read and re-read the book in its hard copy to see if there are things to be fixed before giving the green light for publication onlee!

On a sidenote, Fenix looks awesome in print. A year's worth of work cleaned up and refined into 400 pages. So close to publication now. :D

Yes saar, Fenix will be available in Kindle and on amazon india and amazon global sites in hard copies.

Cerberus (next book after Fenix) will be available the same way, unless one of the big-five publishers ever show an interest in picking them up.

-Vivek


Vivek saar, do you plan to do informal book tour? With hard copies of the book individually autographed? Both Chimera and Fenix?

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby Khalsa » 08 Feb 2015 23:58

-disha[/quote]

Vivek saar, do you plan to do informal book tour? With hard copies of the book individually autographed? Both Chimera and Fenix?[/quote]


@Vivek
you should seriously consider that. I know you are a young author and a beginner but a damn good one if I may add.
Not sure you live stateside or in the republic but BR meets at pre planned points could be the basis of you tours of some sort....

Have a think ... not sure if its too late at the moment but have a good think about it and weave it into your future releases.

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Postby member_28539 » 09 Feb 2015 15:31

@Vivek Saar: this a good idea onlee!

Book fair in Delhi from 29.08.2015 to 06.09.2015...if you finalize the publisher then you can be at the exhibition at their stall. :mrgreen:

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby Khalsa » 17 Feb 2015 01:01

Good Morning Vivek

Bumping the thread to the top again as a reminder to either finish this off or release the book on Amazon
I can't wait man... all I want to do is be inside the Arjun Tanks

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 17 Feb 2015 14:28

Khalsa wrote:-disha


Vivek saar, do you plan to do informal book tour? With hard copies of the book individually autographed? Both Chimera and Fenix?[/quote]


@Vivek
you should seriously consider that. I know you are a young author and a beginner but a damn good one if I may add.
Not sure you live stateside or in the republic but BR meets at pre planned points could be the basis of you tours of some sort....

Have a think ... not sure if its too late at the moment but have a good think about it and weave it into your future releases.[/quote]

Joshi_Sa wrote:@Vivek Saar: this a good idea onlee!

Book fair in Delhi from 29.08.2015 to 06.09.2015...if you finalize the publisher then you can be at the exhibition at their stall. :mrgreen:


Generally speaking, I agree with the idea of the book-tour (informal or formal). When Harper-Collins was considering Chimera, this had been very much on the cards. An official book release event and a book tour, essentially.

But publishing these novels without support of the "big-five" publishing firms becomes trickier, because the main concern is how to get the audience to show up for the book. This is where BRF readers can help. If there is a book fair etc coming up in your city, pliss to message me via BRF and/or my email vivek underscore ahuja 123 at yahoo so that I can make some plans to visit. :)

FYI: I have also sent Fenix to the editors of the "big-five" to see if we get a more favorable response this time or not. If Chimera was "controversial" in their eyes, I am not sure Fenix will fare any better! :((

-Vivek

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 17 Feb 2015 14:30

Khalsa wrote:Good Morning Vivek

Bumping the thread to the top again as a reminder to either finish this off or release the book on Amazon
I can't wait man... all I want to do is be inside the Arjun Tanks


Khalsa saar,

I have just arrived in the motherland and have had only intermittent internet access since then. BSNL dragging their feet onlee at my place! hehe :mrgreen:

But I am now back online. Pliss to wait a few minutes and I will restart posting the remaining posts on Fenix. :)

-Vivek

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 17 Feb 2015 14:45

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HILLS OF CENTRAL PAKISTAN
DAY 3 + 0805 HRS


Haider, Akram and the other officers looked up from their breakfast table as the distant sound of heavy machineguns echoed around them. It had come from the east. They got up from the wooden chairs they had been sitting on at the roadside restaurant and looked to the eastern hills. There was nothing much to see.

One of the captains nearby turned to Akram: “maybe it was just some jihadists doing what they…”

“Quiet!” Akram ordered. “Listen!”

Haider walked past Akram and waved to the drivers and other soldiers: “we are leavi…”

The new sounds of helicopter rotors echoed through the eastern hills and was persistent. All doubt was instantly gone. Akram began shouting orders for everyone to get on board the trucks and move. But Haider was smarter. He had already clambered into the back of his truck and had gathered his G3 rifle, maps and other items. He jumped out of the vehicle as Akram ran past.

“Sir!” Akram said in surprise. “What are you doing?”
“It’s too late, Akram!” Haider shouted. “They know we are here! Send the convoy on the road and follow me! We will use the trucks as decoy and make our way into the hills!”

Akram understood his commander’s intention instantly. He muttered an expletive and patted on the side of the truck cabin, ordering the driver to drive on. But the soldiers around them were no fools. Once they saw what the two senior officers were doing, they also began abandoning the trucks…

“You fools!” Haider shouted as he clicked the safety off his rifle and pointed it at the driver who was panicking in front of him. “Get back into the truck and start driving!”
“Sir!” Akram shouted as he watched Haider point the rifle at his own soldiers. “What are you…!”

Akram’s shout was interrupted mid-sentence as a Nag anti-tank missile slammed into the rearmost ambulance in the convoy. The vehicle exploded into fragments. The shockwave ripped through the area and sent everyone around tumbling.

When Haider regained his composure, he found himself thrown into one of the wooden tables they had been using for breakfast just minutes before. As his vision moved alternatively between blurred and clear, he saw the rearmost truck in his five truck convoy burning and spewing black smoke. Cannon rounds were exploding within the other trucks as Indian LCH gunships streaked overhead, spewing flames from their chin-turrets…

He got himself up, only to have to take cover behind a small mud wall as another line of cannon rounds punctured the ground and headed towards two of his officers returning fire from their rifles. Both men were shredded by the impact of the cannon fire and died with agonizing shrieks in their throats. Further away, on the other side of the road, a single Dhruv helicopter landed and he saw Indian special-forces soldiers disembarking. The helicopter lifted again within seconds and flew off. He saw the Indian soldiers making their way to the trucks and knew time was running out.

Haider removed his sidearm from his thigh holster just as a few more of his surviving soldiers took up similar positions behind the same wall. They pointed their rifles over the top of the wall. Haider looked to see where Akram was but didn’t see him anywhere. Maybe he had been killed, he reasoned. In any case, it was too late now to matter.

He looked at the handful of remaining soldiers under his command: “kill these infidels invading our country! Show no mercy!”

The group opened fire just as the Indian soldiers took cover behind the trucks. The Pakistani defenders were returning a fusillade from behind the mud walls. The pathfinders, on the other hand, returned fire in single rounds or bursts. Within a few seconds, two of the five Pakistani soldiers fell backwards from bullet impacts to their heads. Haider scrambled to pick up the rifle of one of the dead soldiers and then considered making a break for it into the trees. But the gurgle of a dying soldier next to him, drowning in his own blood from a gunshot to the neck, convinced him otherwise…

By the time he picked up the rifle with the intention to return fire, two more of his defenders lay collapsed over the mud walls. And an explosion from an under-barrel rifle grenade against the outer side of the wall sent him and his last surviving colleague diving for the ground as concrete debris fell all around them. Haider put his arms above his head to protect himself from the falling concrete.

As the dust cleared, he heard clear chatter in Hindi as well as the moaning of his colleague. That moaning stopped with the crack of a single rifle round from one of the Indian soldiers. And that meant only one thing. As he rolled over in the debris, he saw silhouetted against the grey skies above, the camouflaged face of an Indian special-forces man wearing a boonie-hat.

As Haider squinted against the daylight, the special-forces man knelt down and smiled: “well, well, well! Look what I found!”

Haider watched in horror as the man stood up again and reversed his rifle butt: “oh, I have waited a long time to do this, you son of a bitch!”

“No!”
The rifle-butt came down on his stomach with enough force that Haider’s view instantly went dark.

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 17 Feb 2015 14:47

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HILLS OF CENTRAL PAKISTAN
DAY 3 + 0815 HRS


The pathfinders turned away as Jagat landed the Dhruv in the farmland south of the road. The gunships continued to patrol near the hills. The grass and dust was being whipped around. Pathanya walked over to where Vikram and two others were standing. Haider lay on the ground, unconscious. He had been moved up against the tire of one of the trucks and his arms had been tied behind his back.

“We missing anything, Vik?” Pathanya looked around.
Vikram shook his head. “Negative. No others left alive. At least no one we care much for.”

“Fair enough,” Pathanya said and pressed the transmit button: “panther-actual, we have the target individual and are inbound.”
“Roger. Make it snappy. Out.”

Pathanya waved to the pathfinders: “we are egressing.” He patted Vikram on the shoulder: “Vik, you carry the asshole here. I have the rear.”
Vikram shifted his rifle over to his back and then leaned down to hoist Haider’s body over his shoulder. Pathanya picked up his rifle and hoisted it at shoulder level and moved backwards in short steps as they fell back to the helicopter. Vikram ran over to the side of the cabin and the crew-chief helped pull Haider’s body inside. Vikram then took position with his rifle. That was Pathanya’s cue to fall back. Within moments the pathfinders were all aboard.

Jagat powered up the helicopter engines. The Dhruv lifted off from the grassy farmland and turned east, leaving behind the charred remains of the truck convoy as well as the bodies of the soldiers and officers in Haider’s entourage.

Within minutes the echo of the rotors dissipated away and calmness returned to the area.

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby Khalsa » 18 Feb 2015 00:49

@Vivek

no saar please.
Just Khalsa

& Welcome Back :mrgreen:

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby Chinmayanand » 18 Feb 2015 01:15

Wonderful writing !!! We want more ... :D

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 23 Feb 2015 09:30

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HILLS OF CENTRAL PAKISTAN
DAY 3 + 0840 HRS


In the gentle hills west of Lahore, Kamidalla and four other pathfinders patrolled the tree-line overlooking open farmland. Parked in the grass near the trees, was the other Dhruv, “panther-two”. Its flight crew were also walking in the grass near the cockpit whilst the calm winds moved the rotor blades ever so gently. A mist was hanging in the trees, greatly reducing visibility and increasing concealment.

Kamidalla looked at his wristwatch and then back at the blue skies above. They had a few minutes before their part of the mission went into play.
After what felt like several long minutes, the skies above finally filled with the droning noise of aircraft engines. Kamidalla head it first and ran out into the clearing beyond the trees. Staring up, he hoped to see the air-force C-130J that would be bringing their packaged fuel to allow the six helicopters to refuel and get back to Indian soil…

He waved over the radioman. The latter ran over and handed him the speaker: “pathfinder-three to angel-one, over.” Kamidalla and the four other pathfinders of team-two looked to the skies.

“There!” One of the pathfinders was the first to spot the low-flying C-130J as it flew past the hilltops.

The radio came to life: “angel-one reads you five-by-five, pathfinder. Suggest you mark red smoke to indicate the D-Z. Over.”
“Roger, angel-one. Standby!” Kamidalla made the hand signals to one of the other pathfinders in the tree-line. That man tossed the smoke grenade on a parabolic trajectory into the middle of the open field. Within seconds the red smoke was ballooning out of the grass…

“Smoke deployed, angel-one.” Kamidalla said into the speaker. “Confirm you have visual? Over.”

There was no reply for several seconds. Kamidalla wondered if the mist and fog were interfering with the pilot’s visibility near the ground. Finally the radio squawked: “I see it, pathfinder. We are banking around and will make a drop over the smoke. Prepare for recovery. Over.”

Kamidalla put his hands over the speaker as they waited patiently for the C-130J crew to bring the aircraft around. Big as that aircraft was, a turn like that took time. Kamidalla’s heart pounded away as the seconds ticked. He hoped that there wouldn’t be some straggler Pak army unit with anti-air capability within reach of the lumbering Indian aircraft…

The C-130J flew straight and level over the hills to the north and then came in murderously low with its cargo-doors open. As it pulled up above the smoke marker, several pallets of cargo fell clear from the ramp. Parachutes blossomed behind the pallets to slow them down as they struck the field and slid for several dozen meters. The C-130J pulled up into a steep climb into the blue skies, dropping dozens of flares.

“Good drop, angel-one!” Kamidalla replied.

The response was magnanimous in its tone: “pleasure doing business with you, pathfinders! Angel-one, out.” The link chimed off and was replaced with static.
Kamidalla handed the speaker back to the radioman and saw the C-130J in the distance as it continued to climb, heading southeast into the puffy white clouds.

He waved the pathfinders forward just as helicopter noises filled the air. He turned to see the four LCHs and one Dhruv heading towards them. They reached the fuel pallets just the first LCH flared for a landing, followed by another. The other two helicopters remained in the air on over-watch. Jagat’s Dhruv came to a hover a few meters away from the nearest fuel pallet that Kamidalla was running to. He got on one knee as the helicopter flared and landed, whipping grass and dirt in all directions. He saw Pathanya and Vikram running over along with the crew-chief. The latter was already directing others to help with the refueling.

“You got him?” Kamidalla asked as Pathanya patted him on the shoulder. The smile on Pathanya’s face gave Kamidalla the answer he was looking for.

“Good.” Kamidalla noted. “So now we can get the hell out of this godforsaken country!”

“Indeed!” Pathanya replied. “Come on!” He motioned as they ran to help move the fueling lines to one of the landed gunships.

A half hour later, the four helicopters on the ground lifted into the air and joined the other two on over-watch before all six helicopters made their way back to India.

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 23 Feb 2015 09:32

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ON THE RAHIM YAR KHAN ROAD
THE DESERT WEST OF RAJASTHAN
DAY 3 + 1530 HRS


Kulkarni watched as the engineers towed his tank away behind an armored-recovery-vehicle. He had wanted to drive it over as it was, but they couldn’t take the risk of it breaking down on the road, clogging up the entire convoy. He sighed and then walked over to the utility truck on the side of the road. The driver was waiting for him with the engine on idle. Before he got in, Kulkarni looked back and saw the other dozen Arjun tanks moving into a convoy along the road. Their crews were sitting with open hatches. The commander of the lead tank behind him stepped up above his hatch holding an Indian flag that he then tied to the comms antennae. Kulkarni smiled at the gesture and then got into his seat in the truck.

“Ready to go, sir?” The driver asked.
Kulkarni nodded. “Yes. Take us home.”

The truck pulled out in front and the remaining convoy of tanks started moving behind them as rhino and trishul returned to the Indian border along with the rest of the Indian army units in the desert...

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 23 Feb 2015 09:35

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 23 Feb 2015 09:38

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HILLS OF CENTRAL PAKISTAN
DAY 3 + 1740 HRS


The sun had set and the skies above were a deep red with shades of black. The increasing darkness was beginning to hinder the search. The soldiers had already begun to use flashlights and the lights from their vehicles to assist them in combing through the charred remains of the convoy and the houses nearby. They had been collecting bodies from the location for the last twenty minutes.

As they gave up hope to find any survivors here, one of the soldiers walked around the debris of the house and heard what could only be muffled moans of a man buried alive under the rubble. The soldier shouted to others and frantically began to start moving pieces of concrete and wood away. As others joined in, the pace of clearing up increased until they could clearly hear the voices of a man speaking in Urdu. After about a minute, they got together and pulled Akram out. He was heavily bruised and covered in dirt. But the uniform of a Pak army officer was clear to the soldiers. They put him on a stretcher and took him to the truck waiting near the road. The medics took one look at him and knew that he had to be taken to a field-hospital immediately. His life hung in the balance by a thread…

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 23 Feb 2015 09:43

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EPILOGUE

The doors to the room opened and Haider looked up from his seat behind the plain desk. He saw some faces he had now gotten used to seeing daily. He also saw one face that he had not seen in person. But he knew who this new person was.

“I believe you know who I am?” Ravoof asked as he took the seat opposite from Haider. Colonel Ansari continued to stand behind Ravoof, but crossed his arms. Haider leaned back in his chair and tried to cross his arms, but was prevented from doing so by the shackles holding him down.

“Dr. Ravoof,” Haider said calmly. “A pleasure to meet you, even under these circumstances. I would shake your hand, but,” he pulled his arms up to show Ravoof his shackles. “What brings you to the little cell that Colonel Ansari here and his RAW colleagues have so generously arranged for me?”

Ravoof stared Haider in the eyes and showed no emotion. Here was the man responsible for one-hundred-fifteen million deaths in the Indian subcontinent. The vast majority of them civilians. And a good percentage of that number being Pakistani civilians. And yet this man continued to sit here calmly awaiting his impending trial as though it were an inevitable nuisance. Was it because he hoped to reach the land promised to those who waged jihad in the name of Allah? Or was it some level of psychopathy that a normal, rational man like Ravoof could never hope to understand?

“Why did you do it?” Ravoof said finally. “All these millions of dead people on both sides. Your nation destroyed to its very foundation. And for what?”
Haider’s smile disappeared. He looked Ravoof in the eyes: “because it was our job.”

“You job?” Ravoof shook his head in disbelief. “What the hell are you talking about? Murdering so many innocent people was your job? Your mandate?”
“Yes it was,” Haider added. “I had been tasked by my nation to bring yours to its knees. And while I admit the cost on our side proved to be a lot higher than what we bargained for in our planning, it did achieve its core objective. Your nation has been brought to its knees to a point now that the Chinese can just step in and finish the job.”

Ansari put his arms on the desk and leaned forward: “you lost your entire nation to try to achieve this objective! You failed, Haider. It is that simple.”
“I don’t see it that way at all.” Haider responded and then leaned back in his seat. “Let’s just agree to disagree.”

Ravoof got up from his seat.

“The psychologists are correct,” Ravoof said to Ansari. “He is quite clearly a psychopath beyond redemption.” He then turned to Haider: “enjoy your trial.”
“You hang me,” Haider said calmly, “and you will only make me a martyr for my people. The nation of Pakistan will rise again. Like the mythical phoenix. This isn’t over.”

“Maybe,” Ansari nodded. “But it is certainly over for you.”

“You know,” Haider said as Ravoof was about to walk out of the door, “there was only one thing that went wrong in our plans, now that I think about it.”

“And what was that?” Ravoof asked, turning around.

Haider sighed and looked Ravoof in the eye: “you people weren’t supposed to respond...but you did.”

*****

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 23 Feb 2015 09:51

And with that I close Fenix on the original draft that I had written. I hope you all enjoyed reading it and hopefully I haven't disappointed the readers this time around. :)

The final novel will have some changes and additions including some more detailed sections on Generals Haider and Hussein and some additional politico stuff on the Indian side. As well as an expanded ending section dealing with the other characters, improved timeline setup and some additional scenes that tie things closer together...

...as well as setting up the stage for Cerberus, the third and last in this trilogy of scenarios.

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In the end, the trilogy will be:

Chimera
Fenix
Cerberus

I will start penning Cerberus as soon as Fenix hits the stores.

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Following Cerberus, I will need to decide what direction to take. One option that has come up is to follow the Pathfinders as a standalone series of novels (Ala an Indian Rainbow Six?). But we will see what happens when we get Cerberus up and going.

Cheers.

-Vivek

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby nash » 23 Feb 2015 09:53

still lot of questions unanswered, may be we can find those in the book, so when is the book coming.. :)

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 23 Feb 2015 09:57

nash wrote:still lot of questions unanswered, may be we can find those in the book, so when is the book coming.. :)


Of course. So this is only the first draft of the scenario. I added some stuff for the novel in my editing so as to force you all to buy it! :mrgreen:

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby nash » 23 Feb 2015 10:14

vivek_ahuja wrote:
Of course. So this is only the first draft of the scenario. I added some stuff for the novel in my editing so as to force you all to buy it! :mrgreen:


Thats great , but when and where we can buy the book and if its ok then could you please tell us bit about the Cerberus.

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby rkhanna » 23 Feb 2015 10:45

One option that has come up is to follow the Pathfinders as a standalone series of novels (Ala an Indian Rainbow Six?). But we will see what happens when we get Cerberus up and going.


Yes please Yes please. I am dieing for Fleshed out characters of Pathfinders.

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby Pratyush » 23 Feb 2015 10:50

A stand alone pathfinder series' will make sense. As the end of Pakistan will make the Pakistanis similar to Iraq only worst.

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby rkhanna » 23 Feb 2015 10:59

^^^ Imagine Pathfinders on Operation Reciprocity (since we are borrowing from Mr. Clancy) on going after the entire infrastructure that made the Bombay Attack (subsequent war) a reality. Reminents of Pak Mil + Civilian Leadership / Jihadis / Chinese / Middle Eastern Royal Patronage / South and South East Asian Organized Crime, Dodgy bankers in Asia and Europe etc etc.. -

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby member_28539 » 23 Feb 2015 11:07

Generally speaking, I agree with the idea of the book-tour (informal or formal). When Harper-Collins was considering Chimera, this had been very much on the cards. An official book release event and a book tour, essentially.

But publishing these novels without support of the "big-five" publishing firms becomes trickier, because the main concern is how to get the audience to show up for the book. This is where BRF readers can help. If there is a book fair etc coming up in your city, pliss to message me via BRF and/or my email vivek underscore ahuja 123 at yahoo so that I can make some plans to visit.

FYI: I have also sent Fenix to the editors of the "big-five" to see if we get a more favorable response this time or not. If Chimera was "controversial" in their eyes, I am not sure Fenix will fare any better!


Vivek sir: I work for a oropean paper manufacturing co. & deal with these big fives regularly..honestly speaking they are pure looneys!...don't go by them.

Why not make the discussion wider? the audience will come if marketed properly...nataraj publication is good, they do a lot of books from armed forces prespective. Get Lt Gen PC Katoch, you, maybe Mahroof Raza as well..background will be book..the stage will be set for a good dialogue.

I was at World Book Fair in Pragati Maidan (Delhi) last saturday, even a Page 3 Masala gossip journo had crowds... :roll:

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby jamwal » 23 Feb 2015 12:06

Will it be possible to buy Chimera and Fenix in a pack from same place ?

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vivek_ahuja » 23 Feb 2015 12:54

jamwal wrote:Will it be possible to buy Chimera and Fenix in a pack from same place ?


Same place, yes. In a pack...not sure. Need to dig into that a bit with Amazon. Sounds like a cool way to sell the trilogy when its done!

Joshi_Sa wrote:Why not make the discussion wider? the audience will come if marketed properly...nataraj publication is good, they do a lot of books from armed forces prespective. Get Lt Gen PC Katoch, you, maybe Mahroof Raza as well..background will be book..the stage will be set for a good dialogue.


I am very much open to something like this. Any ideas on how that might be made to work? Where do we even start?

nash wrote:Thats great , but when and where we can buy the book and if its ok then could you please tell us bit about the Cerberus.


So Amazon.com, Amazon.in (India site) and Flipkart will have hard and soft copies of the book. Soft copies in Kindle format for now.

Just a feeler for Cerberus: Cerberus picks off where Fenix ends, but set a few years down the line. It expands on the universe where Pakistan has crumbled and jihadists are rampant along with splinters of the Pak army. The focus is on India's efforts to secure its western borders against a rampant Islamic-State-like threat on its border. Pathanya and Vikram make a comeback, as do some of the other characters from Fenix and Chimera. Not sure about the Pathfinders since the number of years that have passed will make that unrealistic. So the team as a whole will take a bow and leave after Fenix.

But Cerberus will be more expansive in its concept than the strictly-military themes of Fenix and Chimera. More black ops and precision targeting, and less all-out war.

-Vivek

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby member_28305 » 23 Feb 2015 13:00

vivek_ahuja wrote:Of course. So this is only the first draft of the scenario. I added some stuff for the novel in my editing so as to force you all to buy it! :mrgreen:


Very cruel.. :( :eek:

Just kidding.. and understandable.. waiting for the Fenix.. :) :)
all the best for the Cerberus.

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby vinod » 23 Feb 2015 14:31

vivek_ahuja wrote:“You know,” Haider said as Ravoof was about to walk out of the door, “there was only one thing that went wrong in our plans, now that I think about it.”

“And what was that?” Ravoof asked, turning around.

Haider sighed and looked Ravoof in the eye: “you people weren’t supposed to respond...but you did.”

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Brilliant stuff! I had enjoyed the Chimera and now this. I look forward to getting my hands on the hard copy of Fenix soon.

Just a note on how times have changed, when you probably started writing the UPA govt was in place and the above statement would have made sense. But now Modi Govt who retaliates with 10 times force, Pakistanis would have to plan for our response in kind 10 times over. :)

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Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Postby Yashu » 23 Feb 2015 15:18

Of course. So this is only the first draft of the scenario. I added some stuff for the novel in my editing so as to force you all to buy it! :mrgreen:[/quote]

Hope there will be kindle version like Chimera which I bought from amazon

Please send the details helpful for overseas readers other than khan land


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