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Ashali Varma | A Journalist, Author and Media Consultant

Ashali Varma currently resides in Delhi and is a Freelance Journalist. She writes for The Hindustan Times and India Se, a magazine out of Singapore. Ashali launched her book, The Victoria Cross: A Love Story, on the 21st of November, 2012. It received good reviews in most of the major mainstream newspapers and magazines. Read more to see book reviews



The Victoria Cross: A Love Story is a narrative of courage and love, spanning six decades—from the battlefields in Africa during World War II to India after Independence and beyond. Lt. Prem Bhagat was the first Indian officer to be awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in World War II.

His Commanding Officer described his action of clearing 55 miles of a mined road in 96 hours as “the longest continued feat … of sheer cold courage”.