Admiral S.M. Nanda started his career with the Royal Indian Navy. The post-Independence days posed a challenge for the nation and its defence forces and as a young officer he witnessed the fledgling navy grow from strength to strength.
The crowning glory of his career which spanned thirty-two years came when he was appointed Chief of Naval Staff at a time when tensions with Pakistan were at their peak and the government was looking for a rm hand at the helm. He achieved distinction and honour for the remarkable role he played in the 1971 war for the liberation of Bangladesh devising tactics to neutralize the Pakistan navy. The main target was the Karachi port where the bulk of the Pakistan fleet was stationed. In his memoir Admiral S.M. Nanda focuses on this signi cant event providing a detailed account of how the Indian Navy carried out the operation.
The Man Who Bombed Karachi is the inspiring story of how a childhood fascination for the sea led an outstanding officer to rise to the pinnacle of India's armed forces. It gives a glimpse into life in the Royal Indian Navy with a dramatic rebellion by Indian sailors against their British superiors and traces its evolution into an organization that is today a force to reckon with globally. Most of all it is an insider's authentic account of the inventive naval strategies that led to one of India's biggest victories in war to date.