Invictus by Nidhie Sharma - Review

 Six kids stuck in a treacherous jungle. The one liner is enough to sent a chill down the spine. The chill runs deeper if this is a real incident. When Nidhie was narrating how she, at the age of thirteen, was lost in the jungle of Tawang with six other kids who are younger than her, I could only visualise my kids with my daughter who is just a year or two younger to her age when this incident happened.

Invictus by Nidhie Sharma

Unbeleivable scenario

Amidst the unpredictable river, know for dangerous landslides, bitten by blood sucking leeches, confronting wild Yaks, and what not. Did these kids overcome all these ? Had it been a fiction, I would have snubbed it as the overzealous imagination of the author. But no! This has indeed happened in the author's life.

Impeccable Narration

This memoir is the most blood chilling non fiction I have ever read mostly so due to the young age of the kids and also with the impeccable narration of the author. Nidhie has mastered sarcasm and how she mixed a tragedy with her classic quirky twist is endearing to read. Step by step, one danger to another, when the kids venture into the heart of the jungle, the readers would be at the edge of the seat. Knowing that the author is still alive was a reprieve. But what about the other kids? This thought left me sleepless when I burned the midnight oil to know what happened.

To take resposibility of one's mistakes

Nidhie , you are a fighter. A talented one at that. I adore her for taking responsibility of her actions and being brutally honest about her mistakes. But this make her the bravest one. The book is additionally a self help book as well because it makes you realise that perseverance is the key to accomplishments. It will make you believe in miracles and moreover the author teaches you how to make the most out of the worst case scenarios in your life.


  1. So this is a book which is blend of memoir, self help and I believe adventure is also there. In addition to that the kids association with book plot turns it more interesting.. will love to read 🙂

  2. This is such a well written review. I love how you put in the details of the book.

  3. Your English is impressive. This review is concise, structured and too the point.

    6 kids lost in Jungle. Sounds scary.

  4. Di I too have read this book and it feels really great when I get to know about you reading the same getting a feeling I am.blessed. You are very true to say that it appears to be fiction but actually a real incident in author's life.


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