December 30, 2012 2:12 PM Subscribe
"Bobby grew up in Calicut on the Malabar Coast, part of its tiny community of Parsis, or Indian Zoroastrians. I knew that he had trained to be an engineer, and in 1942 had taken a commission in the British Indian Army. He had gone to war with the Bengal Sappers’ 2nd Field Company. Two years later, he had evidently run out of luck near Imphal.
Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay Prize runner-up, by Raghu Karnad
. (Frankly, I thought it better than the winner, which is behind a paywall.)
World War Two buffs will probably recognize the Battle of Kohima
, essentially the Gettysburg
of Japan in Asia. It will take more of a specialist to recognize the name of General Iwaichi Fujiwara
. Or even of Subhas Chandra Bose
and the pro-Japanese Indian National Army. Mr Karnad's essay, however, is probably the only thing written about Yangmasho Shishak, and even if for no other reason deserves attention.
RIP Godrej Khodadad Mugaseth.