With great pleasure, I welcome Author Ratan Kaul today. Let’s chat with him about his book and writing in general.
- Welcome Ratan! I am curious as to how did you come up with the concept of your book? What was the inspiration behind it?
For this book I was generally inspired by my extensive reading of history books and historical romances, and it wasn’t only the English literature from international authors, but also the Indian classics starting from the works of Kalidas. His concept of Shringar Ras or The flavor of romantic love influenced me a lot.
But the epiphany happened when I visited the coronation park in Delhi. There, as I sat on the steps of the monument with a marble plaque referring to the coronation celebrations of King George V in 1911, the idea of romance between an Indian boy and a British girl came to my mind.
I visualized how would their relationship work and how would they engage in intense romance in that restrictive era of British imperialism and political divide. That gave birth to Wings of Freedom.
- There are so many ways for authors to get their inspiration and your story is indeed very interesting! Which scene in your book is your favorite? Why?
There is a scene where the male protagonist Raju, distressed by his forced separation from his beloved Eileen, sits on the stone steps near the water’s edge of Arabian Sea in Bombay and gazes at the turbulent waves, frothing as they lash at the large stone boulders skirting the retaining wall.
His thoughts in those moments are encapsulated in the following paragraph of the novel:
His mind raced, reliving the intensity, the sublimity of their love, which transcended the barriers of race, religion, and society in tumultuous times – when India was struggling for her freedom from the British colonial rule. He gazed back to December of 1911 when he – then fondly called Raju – felt the caressing touch of the hand of a bubbly English girl of eighteen, during the coronation celebrations of King George the Fifth, near the Red Fort in Delhi.
It’s my favorite because it sums up the theme of the novel—an intense love between Raju and Eileen.
- You certainly come across as a passionate writer. Tell us what has been your most rewarding experience as an author?
Well, besides the satisfaction of having given expression to my experiences, thoughts and emotions, I felt rewarded by several 5 and 4 star reviews that Wings of Freedom got globally from readers and reviewers in USA, UK, Australia, Europe and India, as well wide acclaim in Indian print media.
- That’s wonderful. Congratulations! How much research do you do for your books?
For Wings of Freedom, a historical romance novel, it took me over a year’s research in government archives, archaeological departments, libraries and museums.
It was supplemented by digging up the newspaper reports of over a century back. For example, some headings in New York Times editions of 1911, relating to the coronation celebrations of King George V in Delhi, have been referred to in the notes given at the end of my book.
- Wow, that’s a lot of research! It is certainly inspiring to hear. What advice do you have for an aspiring author?
First, the aspiring authors need to inculcate discipline of writing, meaning thereby that they need to write regularly, may be just a page per day. Second, they must have the determination to execute it to the last page, irrespective of breaks or writers’ blocks.
- Which book are you working on next? Do you want to share a glimpse of it?
The first draft of my next novel, The Full Circle is complete and presently it is undergoing a revision. Basically, it depicts a triangular romance, with the backdrop of cultural identity crisis faced by Indians emigrating to overseas countries.
Great, that sounds like a wonderful subject, I am looking forward to reading it. Good luck!
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