Book Review – Puma: A Soldier’s Dog


Book Title: Puma: A Soldier’s Dog
Richa Kashyap

Book Title:
The title of the book ‘Puma: A Soldier’s Dog’ is very interesting as the story s about a dog but with the name of an animal that belongs to a different group. Often pet dogs are named with very different names and this also being one.

Book Cover:
The cover image of the book is a cute clip art illustration of a dog watching a soldier’s mannequin with pride.

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As the author describes in the blurb of the story,
” An indie pup, looking for food, enters a cantonment area one day. A pack of dogs, led by their vicious leader Sir Kattapa, thrash him for entering their territory. But the same night, he meets his Dadda and his life changes forever. Puma, as he is fondly called, then on, only dreams of becoming a soldier like his Dadda. A soldier whose aim is to save lives, not take lives. A sudden terrorist attack on his Dadda’s unit gives Puma a chance to prove his mettle. Puma’s journey of transforming into Commando Puma is a tale of adventure, fun, hard work, sacrifice, love, and hope.”

My Review:
I myself, not being a pet lover had an opportunity to read this sweet and cute little book which is about a small dog named ‘ Puma’. It was the title that dragged me to read the book as I am a fan of the brand ‘ Puma’. So as I started reading the book, when I realized that the dog, Puma itself is the narrator of the story, my interest doubled. And when I realized it’s the story about a puppy belonging to a soldier, I could not wait for the book to be completed.

This book is a quick, sweet and strangely and inspiring read. You may wonder how can it be inspiring. Well read the book and then decide. I am not giving here any spoilers but all I can say is that Indian Authors are trying so many genres and this book stands apart in the fiction genre. One of the best that I have read this year. Kudos to the author.

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What I like:
1. The storyline
2. The narration of the story from the dog’s perspective.
3. The readers who are dog lovers will definitely love the book
4. The humanitarian aspect that the dog shows through the pen of the author is laudable
5. The emotional quotient is maintained very well till the end of the story
6. Bravery, will power and the positive stubborn attitude shown by Puma is applicable to everyone and everyone can relate to it.

What I didn’t like:
The story is so sweet that I hardly noticed any flaws.

Every character including Puma is very nicely plotted.

With clarity of emotions, the narration is a cherry on the cake.

Language & Grammar:
A clear, simple and easy language with good grammar is found in the story.

My Final Verdict:
A sweet read!

Book Title: 4/5
Book Cover:
Language & Grammar:
Final Rating: 4/5

The Book Review first appeared in June 2019 Issue of Storizen Magazine


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