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Who was Bhagat Ram Talwar? A journalist-writer tells us another fascinating chapter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s life

The Hindu

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is a fascinating, and an unusual, historical figure who combines charisma and mystery, a deadly cocktail that has spurred a flourishing industry of books, essays, documentaries, films and endless discussions. Even seven decades after he disappeared, Bose continues his unusual exuberant journey stoking Indian pride and imagination.

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Review of The Indian Spy, the Indian edition of Mihir’s latest book, Silver

To read the review in the Business Standard, Kolkata please go to the post

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Silver: The Spy Who Fooled The Nazis

‘This fascinating tale…’ The Independent

‘…Mihir Bose’s beautifully written book.’ The Jewish Chronicle

Mihir Bose’s new book is about the only quintuple spy of the Second World War who spied for the Italians, Germans, Japanese, Soviets and the British. Silver was one of many codenames for a man whose real name was Bhagat Ram Talwar, a Hindu Pathan from theNorth West Frontier province of then British India. The Germans awarded him the Iron Cross, Germany’s highest military decoration, and paid him £2.5 million in today’s money.  

Full of wonderful tales of Silver’s deceptions including the twelve trips from Peshawar to Kabul to supply false information to the Germans, always making the near-200-mile journey on foot over mountain passes and hostile tribal territory.  And when an Afghan nearly rumbled him, he invited him to a curry meal in which he had mixed deadly tiger’s whiskers killing the Afghan. 

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