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Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest (The Azadi) Paperback – December 8, 2008
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- The SanFrancisco/Sacramento Review of Books
In these post-modern times when novel writers concentrate on churning out books of the pulp fiction variety, undertaking the writing of a trilogy on historic fiction is a gutsy move ... the first book of his proposed trilogy ... involving the struggle that began in 1857 and eventually led to freedom from the Raj.
-The Dawn News, Karachi, Pakistan
For the past six years Waheed Rabbani has learned a lot about the town he calls home.
Rabbani was a frequent visitor of the heritage archives and read as many local historical books as possible ... The historical fiction novel, recreates life in Grimsby during the 1800s.
The series also takes a look at India's history.
-- From Niagara This Week
From the Author
This historic fiction mystery novel of love, blood, sweat and tears for India's independence from the British Raj, is set in the three continents of America, Europe and Asia. As the time period spans the 19th and 20th centuries, the events are covered in three volumes, to make this large canvas story painting, interesting and manageable. Volume I, Dr MARGARET'S SEA CHEST, examines the mysteries surrounding the events of the 1857 Rebellion. The sad, but true incident of the sacking of the American Presbyterian Mission at Futtehgurh will also be explored.
The dramatic opening describes an exciting event in 1965: the discovery of over a 100 year old long forgotten sea chest, belonging to a daughter of American Presbyterian missionaries, Doctor Margaret, in the storage room of a hospital in India's bustling metropolis, Delhi.
In 1852, Margaret marries her Canadian Cousin, a cavalry officer, and after spending some time in Upper Canada, follows him to Europe and war in the Crimea. After her husband's death in the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade, she joins her parents in India and takes up residency at a hospital in Delhi. Thereafter, the Rani of the Kingdom of Jhansi hires her. The Indian Sepoys' Rebellion breaks out in 1857.
In 1965, An American, Doctor Sharif, who happens to be visiting that hospital, is entrusted with the mission of finding the lost relatives of the lady doctor and returning the trunk to them. Based on the diaries found in the trunk and recollections of lost relatives of the last Moghul King, Bhadur Shah Zafar, Rani Luxmi, KGB and CIA agents and others, in dusty Indian villages, in posh North American and European mansions, this novel weaves a fine tale of warfare, British-Russian-Indian intrigue and poignant love between interesting characters of that era; all this told in the appealing voices of Doctors Margaret and Sharif who lived over a century apart.
The stirring conclusion of the novel will surely inspire readers to wonder if India's First War of Independence, which led to the start of the toll-road of their human sacrifices for independence; was it not a part of the 'Great Game'?
More About the Author
Waheed Rabbani's The Azadi Series:Book I "Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest" won an Honorable Mention Award in the 2012 Global eBooks Awards Competition.
Waheed Rabbani was born in India, near Delhi, and was introduced to Victorian and other English novels, at a very young age, in his father's library. Most of the large number of volumes, had been purchased by his father at 'garage sales' held, by departing British civil service officers and their families, in the last days of the Raj.
Waheed graduated from Loughborough University, Leicestershire, England, and received a Master's degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. While an engineer by profession, Waheed's other love is reading and writing English literature that prompted him to obtain a Certificate in Creative Writing from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada and embark on his writing journey.
Waheed's historical fiction The Azadi Series, Book I: Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest, and Book II: Doctor Margaret in Delhi, are available at all Amazon, and other Bookstores.
Waheed and his wife, Alexandra, are now settled on the shores of Lake Ontario in the historic town of Grimsby. More information is available on his website:
Top Customer Reviews
During this voyage of her life as the story unfolds we are given insight to the plight of life as a minister's child, trying to be with the man she loves and the struggles of India to gain freedom from England.
What is unique about this story is that it is told in the setting of the mid 1960's by a man who discovers Dr. Margaret's sea chest and is given the duty of returning it to her family. Knowing nothing about who the people are or how to find them the journey begins for Doctor Walidad "Walli" Sharif an American doctor living in India for a year. Through his wife's connections in Canada the sea chest and Walli are tossed here and there until it is returned to the descendents of Dr. Wallace and the adventure for Walli really beings. What Walli and his wife never thought would happen is encounters with the FBI, CIA and KGB all in the same day. This is thought to be a simple sea chest owned by a gentile woman but too soon they all discover there is so much to be learned from Dr. Margaret's history that Walli reads the journals and turns them into the most intriguing historical documentary.
In writing this review there was so many aspects to cover about this book but it was very difficult to explain without giving too much away.Read more ›
Rabbani offers his readers more than mere entertainment by providing explanations of Indian and Muslim customs and greetings as well as a brief history of Canada's fight for independence.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is the result of master storytelling. The story is wide and vast, and covers so much in history as depicted in Margaret's diary located in the Sea Chest. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Saleh Mohammed Radaideh
There are two ways in which an author can do justice to a reader – holistic research to lend a deeper/broader look than any other source can offer, and weaving the findings with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Malay Upadhyay
This book was absolutely wonderful! It is full of adventure, history, drama, intrigue, theft and murder. There are love triangles, secret diaries, the CIA and KGB! Read morePublished 6 months ago by JavaFennell
It is a frequent journey from the past to the present and back to the past-as if done by a time machine. Read morePublished 13 months ago by JAYASREE ROY
From its lyrical opening (“The full moon hung in a cloudless sky like a lantern held by an invisible force”), to its myriad plot twists, romantic entanglements, and action... Read morePublished 13 months ago by AJ
From the first pages of this magnificent novel, which gifted Waheed Rabbani begins at the portals of the historic Lady Dufferin Hospital in Delhi in 1965, to the dark and hidden... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Francesca Salerno
Just finished reading this book by Waheed Rabbani. Could not put it down! It grabbed my attention right from the start. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by wayne croning
EDIT: This author has repeatedly harassed, belittled, and criticized me for the contents of my review in email, despite my insistence that this is my opinion. Be warned. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Jacob's Beloved
One of life's most wonderful pleasures is to read a masterfully written literary treasure that transcends your world while inspiring you to enrich your own life. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Peter Thomas Senese - Author.