Colonel Mahip Chadha is a retired army officer residing in New Delhi, India. A graduate of the Indian Military Academy, Chadha served in the Indian Army for nearly 34 years. During this time, he served in the Third Gorkha Rifles—his inspiration for the novel. Colonel Chadha is the author of Grit, Guts and Gallantry-which motivates the youth of India to consider the Army as a viable career option. He also wrote a novel titled SOLJER SOLJER in which he describes life in the infantry.
Colonel Mahip Chadha, was commissioned on 25 Dec1966,into The Second Battalion The Third Gorkha Rifles; one of the Indian Army’s finest battalions ,which returned to India, after the country attained Independence, winning many laurels. It is known as Second Third or affectionately as the VC Paltan because it won the first two Victoria Crosses in WW I. It is ironic that Pakistan chose one of its Commanding officers, Sir Douglas Gracey, hero of the Admin Box in the Burma Campaign, to be its first Commander in Chief!
Colonel Chadha has published GRIT GUTS AND GALLANTRY –The Officers and Gentlemen of the Indian Army, through Rupa Publications in India. This is a motivational book and serves to act as a much needed career counselling requirement, for students of classes 9 to 12, so that they can consider the Armed Forces of India as a viable career. It also assists children in the National Cadet Corps to understand the Army better. Other Ranks seeking a commission will also benefit from it!
The Colonel has two younger brothers—Dr Jaideep Chadha, is a practicing physician from Chandigarh and is a MD and heart specialist who loves to write and play golf! Navjot the youngest, who retired from Asian Paints– is shepherding his family; as the children are blossoming into their own.
Colonel Chadha was married to Kiran, who passed away tragically in April 2010. They have two daughters-Ganiv the elder, is married to Inderjit and has one son Jaskirat; while Jyotan lives in Australia with her husband Daljit and two sons Jaskaran and Jaskabir.
Mahip lives with his mother in law Mrs Gurdip Sethi who actually encouraged him to write!
Col Mahip passed away peacefully in his sleep on the 9 th Jauary 2017. He left behind his five books, Grit Guts and Gallantry, Soljer Soljer, Gin and Lime Whiskey or Wine, He ME & She and Rum Leetle Cola. Not forgetting to mention – He left The Creative Crows Publishers LLP