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Launch Of The Novel And Sharing Thoughts On Seeding Of The Story

ratan kaul, wings of freedom            I'm excited. I want to announce to the world that my novel "Wings of Freedom" will  be launched soon, coinciding with the  year-long centenary (1911-2011) celebrations of Delhi as the capital.

            First, some things to share with the readers about seeding of the story. There had been a churning of ideas from my younger days when I had my roots in old parts of Delhi, that is Indraprastha the Delhi of Pandavas; Shahjahanabad, the Delhi built by Emperor Shahjahan, and the Delhi of legendary poets Ghalib and Mir Taqi Mir.
        An author with a history mind-set often gets influenced by visits to the historical places and monuments and that may start the thought process of writing a story, adding his or her imagination to the events that have taken place around those places. But, the ideas may remain dormant in one's mind, till a certain material around inspires him.
           In my case the serendipitous moment came on a day when I happened to visit the Coronation Park in Delhi, commemorating the coronation of King George V. Looking around the obelisk and the statues it struck me that I have to tell a story.

             Have a closer look at the plaque:              Sitting at the foot of the tower and facing the statue of King George V in the park, the seeds of the story flowered and the saga of the romance of Eileen, a teenage British girl with Raju, an Indian emerged.

            That is what gave birth to "Wings of Freedom"….of course, after an extensive digging into the documents of British India in the government archives–many a time worm-eaten or torn, followed by numerous hiccups, recurring writer's blocks and procrastination blues.

3 Responses to "Launch Of The Novel And Sharing Thoughts On Seeding Of The Story "

  1. “Wings of Freedom”… Sounds like a dream come true.. It will definitely be an amazing book..

    Posted By : Sakshi
  2. Feels great to know about the novel as also the blog where the author has shared his thoughts about the seeding of the novel. I’d love to see more blogs to have an insight into author’s views on the specifics of writing a historical novel

    Posted By : Narender
  3. I loved this book, tohugh I agree with you that you need some time to get into the story. Once that happened tohugh, I raced through the book!I guess this difficult start might be part of De Bernieres writing style, as the same happened when I read his Captain Corelli’s Mandolin . It took a while to get started, but once I got into it, I couldn’t stop. By the way, at least one of the characters of Birds without Wings appears in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin as well. CCM might be a good read for Greece in your world reading project (I don’t remember if you already have a book for Greece).

    Posted By : Pradeep

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