Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | English Non-fiction
Four bullets ripped through his body; a lung was punctured; four ribs were shattered and splinters scattered all over his chest; doctors attending to him declared that his life had been cut short, that he could never swim or run. But he proved everyone wrong.
On the night of the 26/11 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, Marine Commandos of the Indian Navy (MARCOS) entered the Taj, one of the places held captive by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists. Their brief was simple—rescue the hostages and neutralize the attackers. Decorated with the Shaurya Chakra for his role in rescuing hostages, Praveen Kumar Teotia was one of the MARCOS who was leading his team, who fought the terrorists, suffered near-fatal injuries and, in the end, saved more than 150 innocent lives. In this gripping, edge-of-the-seat thriller, Teotia narrates a minute-by-minute account of that deadly night, how his team entered the Taj, how he confronted the terrorists and how he was nearly killed. Declared unfit for life until he fought back and became a marathon runner and the coveted IRONMAN, Praveen’s is a story of courage, conviction and resurrection. Above all, this is a story of an Indian soldier.
Praveen Kumar Teotia is an Ex-Marine Commando (MARCOS) who led his team during the counter-terrorist operations in the wake of the 26/11 fidayeen attack at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai. He suffered multiple injuries during the operation but his quick response and counter-attack saved more than 150 lives that day. A Shaurya Chakra awardee, Praveen overcame his injury and went on to participate in several marathons and the IRONMAN championship. He is now a life coach and a physical trainer, and also gives special weapons and tactical training to state police commandos.