THE KHUKRI BRAVES The Illustrated History of The Gorkha

by Jyoti Thapa Mani

  • Category History
  • Format PKB
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  • Price 2795
  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-3685-5
  2. Pages: 408 pages
  3. Date: June 2015


‘Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gorkhali!’ (Hail Goddess Mahakali, here come the Gorkhas)
—The war cry of the Gorkhas
For 300 years, the Gorkhas of Nepal and India have had a continuous, unique heritage of being celebrated martial defenders with an intact ethnic composition. The Gorkha soldiers were forged through the fires of history to become what they are today.
The first-ever illustrated history of the Gorkhas, The Khukri Braves portrays the rich history and culture of this gallant community in all its vibrancy. Painstakingly researched and evocatively written by Jyoti Thapa Mani, one of India’s best newspaper and magazine designers, this is the first such book by a person of Gorkhali origin.
An exhaustive, vivid compilation of historical research comprising previously unknown anecdotes, surprising facts and breathtakingly beautiful images, it provides a vivid account of the travails and triumphs of the Gorkha community. This is a must-read to understand the heritage of a community heralded for their courage.


Jyoti Thapa Mani, a graduate in graphic design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, has worked in New Delhi as the design head of The Economic Times, Business Today and Businessworld.
Her other Gorkha-related works are: The Illustrated History of the 1st Gorkha Rifles ( The Malaun Regiment) 1815-2008 as its compiler, photographer, visual editor and designer; the book was published in 2008 by the 1st Gorkha Rifles.

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