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December 8, 2023

My Rating - 3 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Penguin Random House
Genre - Non-Fiction
Publishing year - 2021
Language - English
ISBN - 978-0-1434-505-97
Pages - 308

Life in the Uniform: Adventures of an IPS Officer in Bihar by Amit Lodha

Book Review - 

I recently delved into the pages of Life in the Uniform by Amit Lodha, a memoir that promised to offer a glimpse into the author's experiences in the uniformed services. The book, undoubtedly, took me on an emotional rollercoaster, managing to elicit laughter in one chapter and contemplation in the next. 

Amit Lodha's narrative style is engaging, weaving tales of camaraderie, challenges, and triumphs in the police force. His ability to infuse humor into even the most intense situations provided a refreshing break from the seriousness of such memoirs. The anecdotes and experiences shared were relatable, shedding light on the human side of those who serve the nation.

However, what left me with a sense of dissatisfaction was the feeling that there was more to the story that remained untold. The narrative hovers on the surface, providing peeks into various incidents without delving deep into the emotions and reflections that accompany them. This lack of depth left me wanting more substance, a more profound connection with the author's journey.

Another aspect of the book that irked me was the frequent use of Hindi phrases followed by their English translations. This constant shift between languages disrupted the flow of the narrative. It felt like an unnecessary pause, breaking the reading rhythm and sometimes coming off as redundant. I preferred a more seamless integration of language or a glossary at the end for those unfamiliar with Hindi terms.

Despite my reservations, the book captures the spirit of service and sacrifice. It offers a unique perspective on the challenges faced by police and allows readers to walk in the author's shoes, if only for a brief moment. The humor injected into the narrative adds light to severe subjects but needs more depth to reach its full potential. Overall, it is a one-time read.

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