Invictus: The Jungle That Made Me

Nidhie Sharma

10 August 2021
244 pages


‘I’ve been waiting for a book that drags one by the arm into the craggy, rugged, gorgeously terrifying landscape of India’s Northeast and it’s finally here in this breathless, unsettling adventure’ – Shiv Aroor, journalist and author of India’s Most Fearless

Six children

One treacherous jungle

A gripping story of resilience

Tawang, 10,000 feet above sea level and home to a remote Indian military base at the Indo-China border, is abuzz. Six army children – the oldest, thirteen, the youngest, six – have been missing since daybreak in the surrounding jungles.

With inclement weather, thick cloud cover, swollen streams raging downwards and lurking predators, the six are facing their hardest test yet. As the daunting jungle slowly unravels its plans, the children must find a way out before sundown. Set against the harsh and inhospitable terrain of Arunachal Pradesh, Invictus is a compelling first-person account of survival against all odd