Blurb: 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.
Review: As I am a huge fan of thrillers, the moment I got in to the story line I could not keep the book down. What a fascinating, spellbinding read it has been for me. I highly appreciate the writing style of the author who attempted a tale full of love, passion, sacrifice, bravery and not to miss out Indian history background. The language was so simple and easy to understand that I highly recommend this book to my bookish friends. The lives of Deb and Nishonko and the INA being entangled through the story was just the factor which made me hook to the book till the end. Though I found some characters little underrated but others were quite logically sketched. Not a huge fan of Indian writing when it comes to thrills and history attached but this book was something different. I have not read author Sanjay Chopra’s earlier books so for me this he is his best book. This book really improves your history and I am sure you don’t know the Indian history completely. This educated me a lot. What I liked was the part of the tale giving us the nearby’s into what and who could have been liable for the downfall of Subhash Chandra Bose’s INA. Despite being a fictional romantic thriller, I am surprised that it has been so well worked into the research in terms of the historic dealings. For me this has been indeed a page turner destined to be a best seller and then into a movie. It is a wonderful story of disloyalty and unreciprocated love. The usage of Bengali words with that typical Kolkata dialect and emotions, gave the feel of being around the area. I have never been to Kohima but through the book I imagined myself roving about the places which have so much premeditated importance in our freedom fight. Congratulations for writing such a book and I am glad to have read it. I look forward to read more from the authors.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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