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Ratan Kaul has had a long career in corporate management, but from his school days, he has been an ardent student of history, particularly relating to the British Indian period. He loves writing historical fiction, as it gives him an opportunity to delve into the archived historical manuscripts and documents that provide an insight into what transpired back in time. Besides his interest in reading historical novels and writing fiction in that genre, he is presently working as a management consultant and an arbitrator. He co-authored a book, Arbitration: Procedure and Practice , published by LexisNexis Butterworth Wadhwa in 2009. He has delivered lectures on arbitration and also contributed papers for seminars.After publishing this novel depicting the cross cultural romance during British India of the early twentieth century, he is now writing a sequel to it. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wings of Freedom is one of the most evocative stories I have read of pre-Independence India. The writing magically brings alive the British Raj era - a time that most of us have not been lucky enough to witness in person. The language, the setting and most of all, the lead characters transport the reader into that world, at the centre of which is a heart-warming love story. Great reading!
Mr. Kaul should be commmended for writing a fascinating book about the British Raj in pre-independence India. He has shown an extroordinary skill in taking the factual information from the British rule in India and weaved the events into a very captivating romantic story. Note for new readers, the book gets progressively interesting and intriguing as you move from Chapter to Chapter. In my opinion, it is a must read for those who have interest in British History in India and India's struggle for independence. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and wished the story would never end.
Any readers of historical romance will really love this novel. Kaul has created a wonderful story dealing with amazing fictional characters during the British occupation of India in during the early 1900s. It's a story of forbidden love, society ideals, betrayal, and danger as Raju and Eileen fall deeply in love and begin a love affair that could easily end in Raju's death and Eileen's banishment. What I thoroughly enjoyed about this novel is that there is so much character building and background information given that it's like the reader is a part of the story. Though the novel is a bit long, it weaves together a very powerful historical romance, following the characters throughout the years as they grow and mature, fighting for what they believe.
Kaul is a fabulous writer, engrossing the reader in his story as the beautiful descriptions, the gripping action, and the sweeping romance all come together to create a wonderful novel that I couldn't put down. I am not usually a reader of historical novels, yet Kaul's historical fiction is fabulous and I would recommend it to anyone.
The backdrop to the story is the early part of the twentieth century at an important point in colonial India's relations with the Raj. There are diverse strands in the book that is also a sweet, gentle romance between a middle-class English woman and an Indian man. The author has done well in portraying with accuracy the life of the hill folk of the Kumaon that has hardly altered to this day. The tone of the book is indeed pleasing and the major character is a driven and ingenious man in more ways than one who faces up to many challenges in an honourable fashion. An enjoyable, well-researched read.
This lovely novel gives readers an unique glimpse into the history of India relating to the era when India was "the jewel in the British crown". The writer has been able to do full justice i depicting the pathos and irony in the roles portrayed by the various characters. An excellent work to help posterity, in a simple and easy manner, keep in touch with our culture, traditions an human values. Highly recommended.
I purchased this book based on the fact that there was not one bad review, but after struggling to even reach the middle of the book I gave up -- which has never happened before. The writing style is elementary at best and the dialogue is flat. I can't even begin to describe how bad this book is -- maybe it would be OK for elementary or middle school, but mature readers should pass on Wings of Freedom. It's a shame it was so bad, because I really love fact-based novels set in historical India. If that is what you are looking for consider purchasing Olivia and Jai by Rebecca Ryman or Zemindar by Valerie Fitzgerald. Neither are offered for the Kindle, but they are definitely worth purchasing in book form.
A very interesting and fascinating read when I started reading this book I immediately read line by line without a pause. I would recommend Wings of Freedom to any individual. Ratal Kaul is a great writer.