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Wings Of Freedom by [Kaul, Ratan]
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  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063C0VT4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Wings of Freedom is at heart a historical romance. That is slightly outside the genres I usually read but the blurb promised an Indian setting with a backdrop of British Colonialism, a revolution and World War I which made it very appealing. 1911, Delhi. George V is due to visit for a Coronation celebration. When there is a suspected arson attack on the Royal camp prior to his arrival British police clamp down, afraid of sabotage or even worse an assassination attempt by revolutionaries. Having been working in the area Raju is concerned that he may be unfairly implicated. He is a college student at something of a crossroads in his life. His friends are firmly behind the revolutionary cause and want to plan action of their own to strike against the British. His father however runs a business relying on imports from Britain and has different view of the political situation in India.

Raju's thoughts are further clouded when he meets Catharine, a British Doctor who has moved to India to try and improve health care and in particular maternity care in the area, and British officer's daughter Eileen. She has been born and raised in India, and contrary to her father's wishes is keen to experience as much of India as possible. Raju and Eileen both feel an almost instant attraction, but with racial and social divisions conspiring against them they are both concerned about whether a future together is possible.

I wasn't entirely sure whether the balance between romance and historical fiction would be to my liking but I discovered a book I really enjoyed. The story touches on a range of issues facing people at the time and I found reading about India's fight for freedom interesting and really appreciated a new perspective on WWI.
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Mr Kaul has written an interesting and absorbing book, that looks at the turn of the (19th/20th) century from an Indian perspective. It is undeniable that the British imperial era, like all imperialism throughout history (including the Mogul invasions of India), is in retrospect an inexcusable appropriation of countries to which they had no claim. Also undeniable is that the indigenous population was often shamefully treated. However, I did feel that this book painted a rather black and white picture. Although there was a brief reference towards the end to the fact that good and bad occurred regardless of race and nationality, the British overlords were almost all painted as thoroughly evil and cruel. The main exceptions were the two women, Dr Robertson and Eileen. All the Indians, on the other hand, were, evidently, paragons of virtue. I should add that I do not have a biased viewpoint here, as my ancestors at the time were not British.

Having said that, this novel built up the love story slowly and sensitively, and taught me a lot about forest industries in the Himalayas and the historical events in India during the early 20th century. I congratulate Mr Kaul on his research and the careful way in which he constructed the story and the way the tension escalates towards the end. Some editing would not go amiss: rather a lot of glowing and narrowing eyes, and tears being wiped away! I appreciated the glossary, and feel that therefore some of the explanation of terms in the text (and in characters' conversations) was unnecessary and at times contrived. However, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fascinating look at the Raj from a modern Indian point of view, or who enjoys a poignant and emotional love story.
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If you like a good love story with a historical setting this is a great book to read. Raj, an Indian college boy and Eileen, the artistic daughter of a British diplomat meet and fall in love during a tenuous political time in India. The stirrings of India's struggle for freedom are taking shape and things are beginning to get dangerous. There's a huge fire in the British camp and an assasination attempt on King George during his coronation ceremony. Raj and Eileen are caught up in the fervor of revolution and must also face the cultural differences between their families. (The British frown upon their daughters marrying Indian men) In spite of the difficulties, Raj and Eileen prevail. What I loved most was the glimpse I got into Indian culture through Raj's family and the overall picture of England's rule of India at that time. Raj's interactions with his mother and father, uncle, his friends, etc. are well portrayed as is Eileen's side - her privileged life as a daughter of a high ranking British officer. A lot of research went into the details of the hisory here and the love story that endured in spite of so much against them was truly heart-warming. Love really does conquer all in the Wings of Freedom!
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Elementary writing 5 Nov. 2012
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read! 12 Feb. 2012
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book! 16 Aug. 2013
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I enjoyed the background this book provided in New Delhi at the historical time in 1915.
I got a glimpse of how the British and the Indians felt towards one another.
I'd recommend this book, it's has romance, adventure, and history.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Prevails 5 May 2012
By BrendaUSA - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like a good love story with a historical setting this is a great book to read. Raj, an Indian college boy and Eileen, the artistic daughter of a British diplomat meet and fall in love during a tenuous political time in India. The stirrings of India's struggle for freedom are taking shape and things are beginning to get dangerous. There's a huge fire in the British camp and an assasination attempt on King George during his coronation ceremony. Raj and Eileen are caught up in the fervor of revolution and must also face the cultural differences between their families. (The British frown upon their daughters marrying Indian men) In spite of the difficulties, Raj and Eileen prevail. What I loved most was the glimpse I got into Indian culture through Raj's family and the overall picture of England's rule and occupation of India at that time. Raj's interactions with his mother and father, uncle, his friends, etc. are well portrayed as is Eileen's side - her privileged life as the daughter of a high ranking British officer. A lot of research went into the details of the history here and the love story that endured in spite of so much against trhem was truly heart-warming. Love really does conquer all, especially in the Wings of Freedom.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book 1 Feb. 2012
By Ron - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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