That was a breathless read, and apart from naming names, you had them all there: the Alampil ops where Col Bakshi left us, Gurkha Bn, the Guards Cdr, Jaspal, 1 Para who died when I was on my second day in Sri Lanka… etc.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book, reminiscing about those very fateful days. And I agree with you about the strategic mistake of the LTTE in holding ground. I also agree with you regarding the Indian Army being unwanted in Sri Lanka… so very unwanted, it was palpable.
Thanks for that, I enjoyed it as always.