Sam Manekshaw Book Presentation

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Date(s) - 10/07/2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Zarathushti Heritage and Cultural Center

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Pre-meeting Announcement of Event

A fascinating evening is coming your way.  On July 10, we are honored to present Brigadier Behram Panthaki and his wife Zenobia Panthaki, authors of the much-acclaimed  book, “Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw: The Man and His Times”.

We have all heard of Sam Manekshaw’s courage, his character, and the dedication to his troops and country.  The life of this distinguished soldier is portrayed by two distinguished authors who worked closely with him and shared many of the historic events that changed the geo-political landscape of the region.  Through anecdotes related by Behram and Zenobia Panthaki we get a unique insight into the man’s ideals, his military acumen, his mannerisms and his sense of humor.

A Navar and a Martab serving the community in Maryland and Virginia, Brigadier Panthaki himself boasts a distinguished 30-year military career that earned him twelve military honors.  Zenobia Panthaki accompanied her husband on his frequent postings to many small cantonment townships all over India and became involved with the running welfare programs for soldiers’ wives and children, has run the Army School, and worked for the World Bank for 28 years until her retirement in 2012.

The book has received over 60 positive reviews.  To quote: “From beginning to end this delightful narrative simply races along, providing an intimate, witty and scintillating story of a superhero − Sam’s humanism, his notations on official files, his colorful language and his doodling”.  And again: “An excellent book that is a labor of love and a tribute to the great Sam Bahadur.  A delightful tale woven with great dexterity and garnished with a profusion of photographs that brings out the well-rounded personality of a proud soldier, a military leader par excellence, and a great human being. This gem of a book is a must for your coffee table.”

This book, with over 200 photographs, is dedicated to the men in uniform who have laid down their lives defending their country and to their widows who have also sacrificed so much.  The book will be on sale at the discounted price of $35, and autographed by the authors.  A major portion of the royalty will be donated to the War Wounded Foundation of India and the War Widows Welfare Assn. of India.

Please see the flyer for further details, and plan on joining us for this unique event.

After-event Report

Another Successful Event:   A record crowd participated in the Library event honoring India’s Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.  Organized around the much-acclaimed  book, “Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw: The Man and His Times”, the evening featured the two authors of the book, Brigadier Behram Panthaki and his wife Zenobia Panthaki.

After the meet-and-greet and an introduction by Aban Rustomji, Behram Panthaki captivated the audience with his first-hand experiences during the years when he was Sam Manekshaw’s ADC (Aide-de-Camp). This appointment gave Brigadier Panthaki an insight into Sam’s unique personality and into high-level planning and decision making.  We learnt how Manekshaw declined to attack East Pakistan in 1971, stood up fearlessly to bureaucrats and politicians, and how he held every soldier in the highest regard and protected their interests.  Through numerous anecdotes, Behram and Zenobia brought out Sam Manekshaw’s sense of humor and his upright, loyal and honest nature, quoting Sam ad verbatim several times.

A slide presentation accompanied by a March played by the Indian Army Military Band and written especially for Sam Mnekshaw was followed by a question-and-answer period.  The event concluded with a book sale and book signing of this excellent book.  The accolades and positive reviews that the book received were mentioned in the June issue of Manashni.

A radio program on Houston’s AM1480 two weeks before the event went so well that the presenters extended the Panthaki interviews over a much longer time period.