The author Col. D.P.Khanna (Retd.) popularly known as DP / Deepee, had a flourish for writing short English poems, right from his teenage days, notwithstanding his extremely poor academic background. As he grew-up, he started writing short stories, essays and critical comments in the Newspapers / Magazines just as a hobby. He being a conscientious person, habitually always gave preference to official commitments both while in the Army Service and later in his present occupation, wherein in a group organisation, he has been working for the past about 30 years in different capacities, as Director in certain companies, legal consultant in others and in addition has been an Honorary Treasurer in Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA).
Lately, a realisation dawned on him that, “It is better late than never”. Then the next apparent question was, “from where to start?” There upon he had a sudden brainwave which sounded, “Charity Begins at home”. Author’s own life happens to be unique in more than many ways – thus started the augment of, “A Saga of Child Soldier”. This is primarily an autobiography and since generally this privilege comes in the domain of VIPs or icons, he thinks he in no-way qualifies for any such status. Thus he introduced a novel way to bring out his life story inter-playing with the aspects of Destiny & Deeds – while narrating various events & episodes, twists & turns, as they occurred at various stages of his life.
The discerning reader would perhaps be wondering, how could a child be a soldier in the Army?! Yes, it is true that, a V standard passed, a child of 12 years under peculiar circumstances was made to desert his family, friends and home, and he did don the full Army uniform. It would be interesting for the intelligent reader to know how this young tender child overcomes the various travails, turmoil & tribulations he faced in the pursuit of washing off the “Stigma” of being a “worthless child”, as branded by his own family. Besides, it is indeed enigmatic how without any formal education or without being to any school or college, he acquires a number of important degrees/diplomas. Finally with bated breath, the reader would discern in what tragic circumstances he hangs-up his uniform towards the end of 1986 to start second innings of his life in civil, where he is still batting solidly with the Score of 80.
The investigating reader will find answers to all his inquisitive questions in this articulate book.