Review of Broken Crayons can still colour

Title: Broken Crayons can still colour

Author: Captain Rakesh Walia

Genre: Autobiography

Page Count: 143

Rating: 4/5


Broken Crayons can still colour is an autobiography of Captain Rakesh Walia. It’s the journey of a lonely and orphan child, who had lost his parents in a car accident. He witnessed death at an age where playing is all that children know. He was left alone with his brutal relatives, who treated him much worse than they treated the servants. Most people gave up when they come across such circumstances, but he didn’t. No matter what obstacle came in his way, he never gave up on his dreams, and emerged victorious at every stage of his life.

The book is divided into 3 parts. The first part narrated the ordeal he went through in his childhood. The second part narrates his journey as an Army officer and his married life. And, the third part narrates his journey after he left the army, which includes his present achievements.

It has been a great honour to read Captain Rakesh’s life journey. He established the autobiography as a work that is meant to not only tell about a person’s own life but also to educate the reader in ways to live better life.

The writing is impassioned, but with stunning clarity of thought. It’s eloquent, compelling and very readable. The pacing is often slow, but the scenes are compelling enough to sustain attention. Each chapter focuses on a distinct theme or time of Captain Rakesh’s life, and the book mostly moves chronologically.

I highly recommend this book, especially to youngsters who dream big, but easily give up on their dreams.


Captain Rakesh Walia is a positive influencer, motivator, life coach and an author. A self-made man, who decided at very young age to shape his world, rather than be shaped by it.

From being orphaned at the age of six, to reaching the hallowed annals of the Indian Army, and then becoming a corporate success; he is a man who broke the shackles of his circumstances to be the maker of his own destiny. He holds all the elements of perseverance, grit, determination and will; a will to not only survive, but succeed.

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