Raghu Karnad is a writer and journalist living between Bangalore and New Dehli. His debut novel, the Farthest Field: A Story of India’s Second World War, is an exploration of the concealed role of India in the victory attributed to the British Empire. Karnad’s curiosity about sepia-toned photographs of three of his family members that served in the military in his grandmother’s house lead him to bring to light the extraordinary unrecorded history of the Indian participation in the war, in which millions of men formed the largest volunteer army in history.
Karnad drew upon his journalistic background to gather a wealth of fragmented information including unit records, memoirs and interviews with survivors to create a portrait of the forgotten soldiers. This history is uncovered by a poetic tale of a family’s journey through the tempests and triumph of India’s Second World War.