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.