• Sushma Ramesh

Unbroken: The Brussels Terror Attack Survivor by Nidhi Chaphekar

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

  1. Book name – Unbroken: The Brussels Terror Attack Survivor

  2. Author- Nidhi Chaphekar

  3. Publishers- Amaryllis publishers

  4. Price- 461 INR

  5. Available on: Amazon

About the Book:

On the fateful day of 22 March 2016, Nidhi Chaphekar, a cabin crew manager, was assigned a flight from Brussels to Newark. One of the most shocking terror attacks took place at the Brussels airport the same day, killing around thirty-two people and injuring over three hundred. Nidhi was gravely injured, and her photograph, taken minutes after the blast, became the face of the terror attack.

Navigating through Nidhi’s life and career as a flight attendant, this heart-wrenching story opens with the horrific incident that shook the lives of all those caught in its vortex. The aftermath of intense trauma and rigorous medical treatment sees Nidhi emerging as a real-life superhero. She survived despite sustaining more than twenty percent burns, multiple fractures, crushed bones, ruptured eardrums and being in a state of induced coma for twenty-three days.

Narrated in the form of a daily journal, painstakingly penned by her, this true story of grit and willpower will reach out to millions of people across the globe with its enduring message of positivity and the infinite ability of the human spirit to triumph against all odds.

About the Author:

A shining emblem of hope, faith and a never-say-die spirit, Nidhi infuses everyone who crosses her path with a deeply inspiring attitude and capacity for courage. A TEDx speaker,motivator and change evangelist, her story will leave you breathless and supercharged at once.

My take on the Book:

Unbroken’ is a courageous tale of a woman called Nidhi who survived and became the face of the deadliest act of terrorism in Belgium’s history ‘the Brussels attack’. Nidhi was just another normal woman living her life to the fullest with a loving husband, 2 adorable kids, and dreaming about traveling around the world in her air hostess job until one day, her life turns upside down and shatters completely when she meets with the attack. What happens later is truly heart wrenching and inspirational. This book is written in such a way that it made me feel like Nidhi herself was sitting next to me and narrating her life’s story.

What I loved most was that even though it was so hard to remember everything that happened on that fateful day, she narrated the attack to a level of perfection, and I was in tears. It made me feel like I am living and getting attacked by the terrorists. Not just that, even when she was taken to the hospital to get medically treated, I was with her going through all that extreme struggle and pain she went through and when one day she finally stood on her legs and was able to walk after months of treatment I was the happiest kid.

Nidhi for me is that woman who taught me how to be positive and take everything life throws at you with a smile on the face and find meaning for life. She taught me how important it is to believe in oneself and learn that anything is possible if you take control over your will power and most importantly to know that ‘it’s all in our mind’. I wish everybody gets to read her survival story through this book and learn that everything that life throws at us is only to discover our strengths to get over it, instead of showing our weakness. Recommending this book to everyone!

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