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The Gurkhas – A true story

Tim I Gurung
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The Gurkhas – A True Story’ is a complete book for, to and by a Gurkha. It covers
the Gurkhas’ story from the start to the very present albeit in brief. The book not
only deals with the Gurkhas history but also its ramifications in the community as
well as the nation as a whole.
The Gurkhas is an institution with over 200-year-old history and renowned to the
world as the brave of the braves. The Gurkhas with their famous kukri had no peers
in both WW1 and WW2, and they are probably the only such force in the world which
had won wars by name alone.
There wasn’t a single war in which the Gurkhas didn’t fight alongside the British, and
they were always at the forefront of any battles. In WW1 alone, 200,000 Gurkhas
out of Nepal’s five million populations participated for the British cause, and one in
ten never returned. Further 250,000 Gurkhas went alongside the British in WW2
again, and almost 33,000 men didn’t return. The Gurkhas fought in many countries
like Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, East Timor, Hong Kong, Cyprus, the Falklands,
Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo for the British in its 200-year-long history since then.
After the end of the British reign in Asia (India, Malaysia, Singapore and eventually
Hong Kong in 1997), about 3500 Gurkhas are currently serving the British Army in
the UK. Also, almost a hundred thousand Gurkhas serve in various units and corps
of the Indian Army while the Singapore Gurkha Contingent (GC) has 2000 and
Gurkha Reserve Unit (GRU) in Brunei employs about 500 men.
An Institution that lasted for more than 200 years cannot survive by bravery alone.
The Gurkhas are naturally brave, no doubts about that. Outside factors such as
political, social, religious, racial, and traditional also affected the Gurkhas in great
deals whereas the inherited virtues such as loyalty, devotion, tenacity, hardworking,
adaptability as well as being able to face difficulty with a smile made them tough
from the inside. Most important, it was their upbringing that taught them to respect
their elders as well as their masters made them a perfect soldier.

Published: Feb/2020

ISBN: 9789814882811

Length: 344 Pages

The Gurkhas – A true story

Tim I Gurung

The Gurkhas – A True Story’ is a complete book for, to and by a Gurkha. It covers
the Gurkhas’ story from the start to the very present albeit in brief. The book not
only deals with the Gurkhas history but also its ramifications in the community as
well as the nation as a whole.
The Gurkhas is an institution with over 200-year-old history and renowned to the
world as the brave of the braves. The Gurkhas with their famous kukri had no peers
in both WW1 and WW2, and they are probably the only such force in the world which
had won wars by name alone.
There wasn’t a single war in which the Gurkhas didn’t fight alongside the British, and
they were always at the forefront of any battles. In WW1 alone, 200,000 Gurkhas
out of Nepal’s five million populations participated for the British cause, and one in
ten never returned. Further 250,000 Gurkhas went alongside the British in WW2
again, and almost 33,000 men didn’t return. The Gurkhas fought in many countries
like Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, East Timor, Hong Kong, Cyprus, the Falklands,
Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo for the British in its 200-year-long history since then.
After the end of the British reign in Asia (India, Malaysia, Singapore and eventually
Hong Kong in 1997), about 3500 Gurkhas are currently serving the British Army in
the UK. Also, almost a hundred thousand Gurkhas serve in various units and corps
of the Indian Army while the Singapore Gurkha Contingent (GC) has 2000 and
Gurkha Reserve Unit (GRU) in Brunei employs about 500 men.
An Institution that lasted for more than 200 years cannot survive by bravery alone.
The Gurkhas are naturally brave, no doubts about that. Outside factors such as
political, social, religious, racial, and traditional also affected the Gurkhas in great
deals whereas the inherited virtues such as loyalty, devotion, tenacity, hardworking,
adaptability as well as being able to face difficulty with a smile made them tough
from the inside. Most important, it was their upbringing that taught them to respect
their elders as well as their masters made them a perfect soldier.

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Tim I Gurung

Tim I Gurung was born in 1962 at a GURUNG village called Dhampus, Kaski District in the Mid-Western part of Nepal. Mid-West Nepal is also known as one of the hot-beds of the Gurkhas, and there wasn’t a single household in their village that had no connections with the Gurkhas. Gurkhas were their way of life, life starts and ends there. The school was nothing more than a formality for the GURUNG boys by then. He was no different. He joined the British Gurkhas at the tender age of 17 as his grandfathers and uncles did before him. He realized he wasn’t cut out for the regimented life within the next five years though. However, he somehow carried on for the next 13 years and eventually retired in 1993 as an Army Corporal. Then, he found a job in an international firm inspecting furniture in newly-opening-up China and worked there for the next seven years before starting his own business. He worked as a businessman for the next 15 years while raising his young family at the same time. Before his 50th birthday, he made a life-changing decision and became a fulltime writer in 2015. Since then, he learned the trade from scratch, published twelve novels, and the Gurkha book his 15th book.