India China War

Book Review – Watershed 1967: India’s Forgotten Victory over China (India China War)

India China War.

These 3 words have been seen together for 50 years. Even in 2020, we now are witnessing a hostile environment between these 2 countries.

Since independence, many encounters have taken place like,

1. India China war in 1962

2. India China war 1965

3. India China War in 1967

4. Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 (China’s influence)

5. India China War 1987

So it came as a coincidence when I got an opportunity to review “Watershed 1967: India’s Forgotten Victory over China” by Probal Dasgupta.

What is Watershed 1967 all about?

Watershed 1967 is about a story that you might have not heard. There’s a lot that happened in 1967. India’s dominance and victory over their arch-rivals in this period were possible solely because of the actions of many brave-hearts.

Through this book, the author wishes to shed a spotlight on a story that every Indian will be proud of.

Watershed 1967 – Story:

The book is divided into 3 parts. Let me explain it to you in a precise manner.

Part 1 is all about India’s hostile relations with Pakistan from 1962-1965. China meddled in India’s affairs and it felt like India might have to face not 1 but 2 enemies. But India is considered to never attack first or make aggressive moves. What will they do this time?

Part 2 is about the battle in Nathu La and Cho La in Sikkim between India and China. The battle of 1967 is explained in a detailed manner. It shows how desperate China was to not let Sikkim be a part of India. The heroics of our army men will amaze you.

Part 3 is an epilogue post the war that shows relations between India and China from the 1967 war until 2020. Various encounters took place in this time and each snippet will make you realize how much less we know about the India China war.

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My review of this book:

It’s surprising to read a story that I have no idea about. Yes, I’m amazed such events even took place and that the Indian Army was bad-ass back then as well. If you think the story of URI was inspiring, then my friend… you have no clue about the war of 1967.

There’s a lot of history at the start. It’s good to see the author give us a good look at India-China-Pakistan relations in the ‘60’s. You need to know every bit of information as one action leads to a reaction from the enemy.

These events shape up to wars that took place in 1962, 1965, and the final one in 1967. While many only remember China humiliating India in 1962, the wars in 1965 and 67 show India in a new avatar. The strategies, the moves, and every action were taken by the Indian Army left me struck in awe.

Who should read this book?

If you love to read about the Indian Army, India’s history with Pakistan and China, war stories, or have a genuine interest in a good story, this book is for you. It has everything right from good characters, a gripping story-line, and a jaw-dropping finale.

Who should avoid reading this book?

If you are looking for a fast-paced story-line, then this is not something I would recommend. The author explains every action in detail and hence it will take you time to digest every new piece of information. Also, if war stories do not interest you, you can avoid reading this.

Where can I find this book?

You can get this book online on Amazon in the form of Kindle Edition & Paperback

IPL 2021 MEGA AUCTION

Here’s the latest news on IPL 2021 Mega Auction and 9th Team

With the successful conclusion of IPL 2020 in UAE amid the COVID-19 challenge, all eyes are currently glued to the IPL mega auction that’s inclined to be held next year. Latest reports from BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) state that it’s likely to hold a mega IPL auction for the coming season.

The biggest talking point of this IPL 2021 Mega Auction is the possibility of a ninth team joining the league.

What will happen in IPL 2021 Mega Auction?

At mega auctions, each of the franchises has the decision to retain 3 important players and get “Right-To-Match” (RTM) choices for 2 players. But, there’s no clarity within the retention policy for this IPL 2021 mega auction.

Before, a few news reports asserted that every cricketer will return in the auction pool. Businesses might need to re-construct their teams from scratch. But that does not sound feasible since it will badly alter the brand worth of successful teams such as Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

9th team in IPL 2021 Mega Auction?

As mentioned earlier, the upcoming IPL 2021 mega auction is likely to add a ninth team. News reports claim that the team will probably be from Ahmadabad. “The Sardar Patel Stadium” will be their home ground.

It is known that some of the prominent business houses are enthusiastic about purchasing this new franchise. Unconfirmed reports said that Adani Group, possessed by Gautam Adani, could be one of the front-runners. But, there’s been no further update on this news.

After the IPL 2021 mega auction takes place, BCCI will soon release the latest IPL 2021 schedule.

IPL 2021 MEGA AUCTION

Top 5 incidents in IPL 2020 which will have an impact in IPL 2021:

IPL 13 gave us a great deal of drama, game-changing moments, and controversies. Let’s have a look at “Top Five Episodes in IPL 2020” that will have an impact in IPL 2021.

CSK lost its shine:

MS Dhoni’s team lost 8 out of 14 matches in IPL 2020. They also became the first team to bow out from the contest. Now, CSK will aim to reconstruct the group in the IPL 2021 Mega Auction since most of the players are aged 30 and above. Chennai’s plan is to invest in young blood and will want to shed their “Old men” tag. Hence, it’s possible that fans may see an entirely fresh CSK team in this upcoming cash-rich league.

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Umpiring mistakes in IPL 2020:

We saw lots of umpiring mistakes in IPL 2020. The largest among this involved umpire Nitin Menon’s contentious ‘short-run’ in the game involving Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals which finally cost KXIP a playoff berth.

KXIP management and several former players such as Virender Sehwag request for higher technical intervention for IPL 2021. BCCI is likely to pay heed and boost the utilization of technology to minimize human error in IPL 2021.

Absence of cricket fans in the stadium:

IPL 2020 in UAE was a mix of excitement, action, and fair-play but due to the pandemic, everyone missed the loud cheers of audiences in the stadiums and confidence-boosting atmosphere.

The governing council of IPL, including Sourav Ganguly, has taken note of this. Since IPL 2021 will take place in India, the committee is most likely to let fans within the stadium while following appropriate guidelines.

Chris Gayle benched for half IPL 2020:

KXIP benched Chris Gayle in the opening half of IPL 2020 even though he’s their best power-hitter. That turned out to be a massive mistake as they dropped six out of seven matches in his absence.

But, Gayle’s return swung luck in favor of the KL Rahul led team who left a late charge towards the playoffs with 5 wins out of 7 on the rebound.

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Gayle was able to create a massive impact, scoring 288 runs, such as 3 fifties in just 7 games. The 41-year-old’s addition added firepower into the KXIP middle-order as he batted at No. 3 rather than his usual opener’s spot.

Benching the ‘Universe Boss’ was a huge error that franchises will not dare to replicate in IPL 2021, notably KXIP’s co-owner Ness Wadia who on Thursday affirmed that Gayle will begin from the 1st match in the 2021 season if he stays with Kings XI.

Therefore, franchises in IPL 2021 will not just select players on the grounds of the hefty price tags but will also eye to spend strategically and target cricketers that will provide huge returns without burning a hole in their pockets.

Korean Drama List

The Only Korean Drama List you will ever need – 29 Binge worthy series

Lately, Korean Drama, also known as K-Drama has been trending worldwide with the audiences.

With unique story-lines and fresh content, we have been seeing the best Korean drama series being launched whether it’s romance, thriller, action, etc.

Also, with multiple OTT subscriptions available at our disposal, I have crafted a unique list where you will get the best of Korean drama that has been released since 2013 onward.

Note: This Korean Drama List has 29 Korean drama best series that has a minimum rating of 7.5 on IMDB with 1000+ votes.

1. The Heirs (2013) – Rated 7.5 with 6900+ votes

Our first entry on this list is “The Heirs”. The story deals with a group of privileged and rich high school students. It’s a story that’s filled with drama, doubts on self-identity, wealth, and relationships.

2. Healer (2014) – Rated 8.5 with 5300+ votes

“The Healer” is an out-and-out crime and mystery series that starts with a unique group. This group includes a reporter, a famous journalist, and a mysterious guy known as “Healer”. He has amazing fighting skills.

3. Reply 1988 (2015) – Rated 9.0 with 2800+ votes

“Reply 1988” is a story that will remind you of your youth and get you all nostalgic. The story revolves around five childhood friends and their families that live in one neighborhood. Get ready to witness teenage life and the importance of families in this Korean drama high school story!

4. Descendants of the Sun (2016) –Rated 8.3 with 8200+ votes

“Descendants of the Sun” is a love story between a surgeon and an officer from the “Special Forces”. Quite a fascinating mix of professions this couple has, don’t you think?

5. Legend of the Blue Sea (2016) – Rated 8.1 with 4900+ votes

Let’s bring in a “fantasy romance” story. This love story is special as it’s between a con artist and a mermaid. Watch them meet and fall in love!

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6. The K2 (2016) – Rated 7.8 with 3100+ votes

What happens when a former mercenary soldier becomes a bodyguard of the presidential candidate’s wife? There’s bound to be chaos and madness.

7. Goblin – Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016) – Rated 8.6 with 10200+ votes

Goblin is one of the Top 5 all-time highest-rated Korean Drama and the best romantic Korean drama of a modern-day Goblin who wants to end his cursed immortal life. To do so, he would need a human bride!

8. Stranger (2017) – Rated 8.6 with 4600+ votes

Let’s bring some crime dramas here. The story revolves around a policeman’s death that has been ruled as a suicide. Watch it as the case gets re-investigated and the findings get weirder!

9. Mr. Sunshine (2018) – Rated 8.8 with 3800+ votes

Mr. Sunshine is the story of a poor boy, born in a servant’s family and grows to become an American Military Officer. This is not just a story about war but also about his love story too.

10. Sky Castle (2018) – Rated 8.7 with 1300+ votes

K-Drama has some of the best satirical content. Sky Castle is one of them. This story is about 4 housewives that reside in an exclusive residential area named “Sky Castle”. This story is about love for their children, working for their future, and being too ambitious.

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11. Memories of the Alhambra (2018) – Rated 7.9 with 3100+ votes

This is one unique story. An Investment firm executive travels to Granada, Spain to find the creator of one of the best Augmented Reality games! There he stumbles upon a woman who runs the hostel where he stays. How will their stories entwine?

12. Vagabond (2019) – Rated 8.3 with 3200+ votes

Vagabond is a story about a stunt man who’s broken because his nephew died in a plane crash along with 200+ civilians. He’s not convinced about the crash and starts his investigation. His findings can ruin some big people? Will he find out the culprits?

13. Kingdom (2019) – Rated 8.4 with 27400+ votes

Considered as the best Korean drama on Netflix, Kingdom is one of the fan favorites and is very popular too. It’s a fantasy story about a Kingdom where rumors spread about the King being ill and a mysterious plague that might ruin their village. This is a series that you must not miss.

14. One Spring Night (2019) – Rated 7.9 with 1100+ votes

Let’s bring in a typical love story. Boy loves girl and girl loves boy. But families aren’t ready for this relationship. Will they overcome every obstacle and get together? Let’s find out.

15. Strangers from Hell (2019) – Rated 7.9 with 1200+ votes

This Korean drama 2019 series will give you the creeps. The main lead moves to the countryside for a job and lives in an affordable apartment. While he lives there, weird things start happening. The villain is a dentist by day and serial killer by night. So get ready to watch as this suspense unfolds.

16. Crash landing on you (2019) – Rated 8.7 with 9600+ votes

Crash Landing is a fairy-tale romance between a North Korean military officer and a South Korean heiress. You can only imagine the fireworks in this love story that spans between both nations.

Any Korean Drama list is incomplete without such a story, don’t you think?

17. Romance is a Bonus Book (2019) – Rated 8.1 with 2500+ votes

“Romance is a Bonus Book” is a story about a girl who lies her way to get a job. She then falls for her Boss and they both start falling in love. Get ready to witness a cute and chaotic love story.

18. Touch Your Heart (2019) – Rated 7.6 with 1300+ votes

The storyline revolves around a top tier law firm. Here, you will find a washed-up actress working as a secretary for a cranky attorney. Get ready to watch law and love walk together.

19. Arthdal Chronicles (2019) – Rated 8.4 with 2300+ votes

Arthdal Chronicles is an epic mythical story revolving around power struggles. It’s considered as one of the most unique K-Dramas due to its epic storyline.

20. Hotel Del Luna (2019) – Rated 8.3 with 2800+ votes

Del Luna is a hotel for ghosts and is run by ghosts too. Yes, these ghosts are stuck between life and after-life. It’s going to be a spooky affair right from the first until the last episode.

21. Itaewon Class (2020) – Rated 8.2 with 4700+ votes

Itaewon class is a series that displays the story of a convict released from jail who opens up a restaurant in Itaewon. Here’s to a life post being in prison. This Korean drama 2020 series will make you feel happy.

22. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) – Rated 8.8 with 6700+ votes

This series is about a caretaker at a psychiatric ward & a children’s book writer. How their lives get entangled professionally & personally forms the crux of this series.

23. A World of Married Couple (2020) – Rated 8.1 with 1200+ votes

Infidelity can have after-effects that range from bad to extreme. In this story, a doctor finds out her husband has been cheating on her. She then decides to exact revenge. The whole series will show both husband and wife trying to get revenge on each other.

24. Hospital Playlist (2020) – Rated 8.7 with 1300+ votes

Hospital Playlist is a story about 5 doctors who have been friends since med school. They not only share their profession but also their love for music and then form a band!

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25. My Holo Love (2020) – Rated 7.7 with 1000+ votes

My Holo Love will show you the after-effects of Aphasia. The lead actor finds it difficult to communicate and starts losing her ability to recognize faces. Her social life gets affected. Will she get better?

26. The King: Eternal Monarch (2020) – Rated 8.3 with 4400+ votes

I can easily tell you this is one amazing series that you cannot miss. It’s about a Korean emperor who uses a mysterious portal and reaches a parallel world where he encounters a police detective.

27. Extracurricular (2020) – Rated 7.7 with 1200+ votes

Extracurricular is a story about a high school student who also is involved in criminal activities. Life gets difficult when a certain classmate takes interest in his criminal secret.

Consolation series:

This Korean Drama list has 27 series that met our set criteria.

While the below 2 series did not meet my criteria, their plot was amazing and hence I’ll share them with you. The stories are unique and you’ll surely love it.

28. Mystic Pop-up Bar (2020) – Rated 8.1 with 800+ votes

Mystic Pop-Up Bar is the story of a young man who has a unique ability. He works at a centuries-old bar where the owner resolves her customer’s emotional problems by entering their dreams. Isn’t that unique?

29. Start-Up (2020) – Rated 8.9 with 300+ votes

Finally, Start-Up is a story about young entrepreneurs who aspire to launch virtual dreams into reality. Watch the completion in this industry.

I sincerely hope that this Korean Drama list helps you find the top-rated K-Drama series.

You can enjoy different story-lines, watch Korean drama with English subtitles on various OTT platforms, and enjoy. Let me know if you have already watched any series and what is your review about it.