Title: The Wrong Turn: ‘Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji’
Publisher: Om Books International
Authors: Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose
No. of Pages: 488
Launched on: February 28, 2017
Price: Rs. 295
The book was launched in an exemplary event by famous Bollywood personalities- Vidya Balan, along with Rajat Kapoor, Simone Singh, Tigmangshu Dhulia, Arshad Warsi, Anil Dharker, Tisca Chopra, Maria Goretti, Sayani Gupta, Kavita Kaushik, Ranvir Shorey and Mushtaq Sheikh, among others in Mumbai.
|L -R Umang Tewari – Big Fish Ventures, Vidya Balan and Ajay Mago- Om Book International
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About the Book
1944, Kohima — a small, sleepy town in northeast India. Subhash Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army (INA) along with the Japanese, are on the brink of bringing the Empire to its knees and forcing the British out of India. But, inexplicably, the tables turn. The INA’s advance is thwarted and the victory march to Delhi is halted. Seventy years later, the British admit that the Battle of Kohima was the greatest battle they had ever fought. Even more so than the battles of Waterloo and Dunkirk. Was it then that old Indian curse — betrayal? Someone from within Netaji’s own ranks? Were there forces other than the British, waiting in the shadows closer to home, who stood to gain even more from the INA’s defeat? Or was it just love that irrevocably altered the course of India’s destiny? The Wrong Turn: Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji, is a sweeping tale of passion set against the freedom struggle. Debraj, the rakish playboy and scion of a distinguished Calcutta family, and Nishonko, the fiery revolutionary sworn to the cause of the INA, must not only fight their common enemy, but also for the love of Aditi, the rebel with the healing touch. A haunting tale of love, friendship and betrayal of an entire nation, The Wrong Turn veers inexorably towards a poignant redemption.
‘The Wrong Turn: Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji’ is a story that takes you back to a past era when history witnessed greatest military conflict ever- ‘Second World War’. The authors beautifully narrate the historical fiction as a potent combination of romance, betrayal, battle, and thriller with emotional balance.
‘The Wrong Turn’ lets you gain deeper insights into the fascinating life of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, whose death was, and remains a mystery and who was perceived as the “George Washington of India” by the Indian freedom fighters during the pre-independence period.
While in exile, Netaji travelled to Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy Singapore and Japan in order to get strong support from other nations to fight against the British colonial rule in India. The book allows you to get lost in the cities of Calcutta, Singapore, Rangoon and Kohima as the four desperate forces share the battle ground in Kohima to grab the brightest jewel in the crown — India. However, this time it’s not just about war as hearts have a major say at the end in declaring victory.
The best part about the book is that it’s a right blend of historical facts and fiction that subsequently holds the reader’s attention right to the very end. The brave efforts of Indian National Army (INA), Japanese troops and Netaji are highlighted well in the book and the ending conveys the hardships and miseries faced by the people at the battles of revolution fought by the INA.
This book will definitely be of interest to readers who enjoy reading fast-paced historical fictions as it keeps them engaged with multiple characters till the very end.
About the Co-Authors
SANJAY CHOPRA, Co-Author
Sanjay Chopra is an airline pilot and author of two collections of short stories, Said and Done and Tailspin stories. He believes that his office forty thousand feet in the sky and his travels provide him with a view that fuels his vivid storytelling that cuts a wide arc through time and space.
His stories have won the Invisible Ink, the Millennium writers and Southport awards in the UK and USA. In the words of his readers, ‘He is a storyteller like those of the old days, yet his stories are as modern as tomorrow.’
He lives in Mumbai with his wife Tisca Chopra, an actress and he is currently working on a film script and a web series.
NAMITA ROY GHOSE, Co-Author
Namita Roy Ghose has established her storytelling skills through her scriptwriting, screenplays poetry, fiction, legendary advertising campaigns, and as a renowned advertising film director. Namita as Creative Director with HTA, left after 13 years to start her own film company, White Light, one of India’s top ad film outfits. She is a social activist, and the founder of Vanashakti, an NGO that works to protect the environment. Namita has done pro bono work on social issues such as domestic violence, child welfare, sexual harassment and forest preservation. She is an avid traveller, a photographer, foodie and teacher.