Author: N. Nedumaran Year: 2018 Website: http://forgottensentinels.com Book Review: Forgotten Sentinels is a well researched epic tale written with passion and in a light gripping prose covering 166 years of Indian Sepoy history from 1748 to 1914. Despite vast cultural differences, the unlikely relationship (love story, symbiosis, bond!!) between the Indian Sepoy and the British Officer blossoms over the centuries in the crucible of ferocious battles fought across the globe into one of brotherhood, mutual respect and true affection. Across this canopy, the Sepoy becomes the indispensable bulwark of the British empire – ever loyal, reliable, tenacious, courageous, self-sacrificing and undemanding. The complex events of the colonial era in Asia is contextualized with a multi-layered commentary weaving local Asian politics, the conditions in India and the larger backdrop of the global colonial rivalries. Despite the panoramic view no detail is spared, be it the uniforms, the ranks, drill methods and battle field details. In Nedumaran’s hands, these Forgotten Sentinels take center stage and become decisive actors in history and their story is told with great sensitivity and empathy. The Sepoy story must be one of the most significant untold stories of military history. Its importance is so obvious, yet we never notice it. Like the night sky is missed in the midst of twinkling stars, the Sepoys recede into the tapestry in the midst of generals and war heroes. They were there at the Battle of Plassey 1757, Conquest of Manila 1762, The Java Campaign 1811, Foundation of Penang and Singapore 1786/1819, Conquest of Burma 1824, the Opium War 1839, Boxer Rebellion 1899 not forgetting WW1 and WW2. Just as the Sepoys have been overlooked as the “Forgotten Sentinels”, they have never told their story before and have equal to have been the “Silent Sentinels” of the British Empire. Nedumaran’s epic is a tour de force and a must read for anyone who wants to under the British empire and the creation of the modern states of South-East Asia.