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PRAISE FOR THE NOVEL“Set against the turbulent backdrop of India’s struggle for freedom from English rule at the start of the twentieth century, Wings of Freedom by Ratan Kaul is a compelling mixture of drama, romance and history. Raj, a young IndianMorePRAISE FOR THE NOVEL“Set against the turbulent backdrop of India’s struggle for freedom from English rule at the start of the twentieth century, Wings of Freedom by Ratan Kaul is a compelling mixture of drama, romance and history. Raj, a young Indian man, and Eileen, a young English woman, fall in love despite the societal pressures against it, and in spite of the revolution swirling furiously around them. If you enjoyed The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye, you’ll love Wings of Freedom.”--Elizabeth Delisi, author of Lady of the Two Lands, USAEXCERPT OF REVIEW by Anne B. for Readers FavoriteWings of Freedom is a beautiful love story. While the characters are fictional the author has created it in a non-fictional setting. He has captured the essence of the turbulent era. The plot captured my attention and held me hostage to the last page. I felt as if I was invested in the relationship of the young couple and the Indians. The romance itself was mesmerizing but when you add the demands of society, the treachery of the era and the risk involved when Raju and Eileen fall deeply in love, it becomes a great story. The love story would have stood well alone but the author didn’t stop there- he spent much time in research allowing him to create an entertaining plot that was also informative. He also allowed the characters to develop at their own pace. It is with great honor that I highly recommend this book.INTERVIEWExcerpt from the interviewer Angie Azur’s comments:“This story is one that needed to be told. Not only does it peak my interest, but I will learn about a culture that I know little about. And what an easy and unexpected way to learn about another culture, through a love story.Thank you Ratan for your dedication, and all of your research that went into this book.”BOOK DESCRIPTIONA cross-cultural romance set during the fury of British imperialism and the social-cultural divide in early twentieth-century turbulent British India.It’s the year 1911. King George the Fifth is due in Delhi for his coronation celebration. A devastating fire in the royal camp gives rise to speculations of sabotage and an assassination attempt by the Indian revolutionaries. Will the British police be able to unveil real cause of the blaze?Raju, a college student, struggling to establish his identity in the charged atmosphere of India’s freedom struggle is caught up in the vortex of violent passions as two of his innocent friends are made scapegoats for the blaze by the British police and murdered. Thus begins Raju’s relentless journey against colonial rule and the economic exploitation of India.A passionate romance with Eileen, the daughter of a British officer, keeps Raju inspired in their roller-coaster ride against the backdrop of British imperialism, turbulent political conflicts, the fury of the freedom revolution, the catastrophic first World War and the racial, cultural and social divisions in the post-Edwardian era.AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOKHis eyes flickered away to the rear of the lobby, which opened onto the beach. Restlessly, he got up and walked out the door toward the stone steps descending to the water’s edge. Stepping down, he gazed at the enormity of the Arabian Sea and its turbulent waves, frothing as they lashed at the large stone boulders skirting the retaining wall.The waves gradually coalesced in his mind to a collage of images: meetings with Eileen over the last five years, the love she had for India, her culture, her traditions, her language and him.