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Shiv Kunal Verma was born into an army family and after his initial schooling at St Joseph’s Academy and a year at Fort Benning in the United States, he was sent to the Doon School. Having then graduated from Madras Christian College in Tambaram, his initial years were spent working with Tiger Tops Mountain Travel in Ladakh and Nepal. Subsequently a journalist, a film maker and a writer, he has worked briefly with India Today, the Associated Press and with Sanctuary Films before he teamed up with his associate Dipti Bhalla and formed KaleidoIndia, under which banner some classic films like Salt of the Earth and the Standard Bearers were shot and produced. In 1999 he filmed the Kargil War and in the last decade and a half, has authored some exceptional books that include the Northeast Trilogy, 1962: The War That Wasn’t and 1965: A Western Sunrise. He is now working on the seminal Value Education Program for schools that aims at bringing India to Indians especially at the school and college levels. His latest book 'Life of an Industani' is a whirlwind journey through critical events in India's 1980s and 90s, narrated in an honest, exhilarating and self-deprecating manner. In this episode, we discuss the 1962 book.