Book: Wings of Freedom
Author: Ratan Kaul
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
This book takes us back to the time when India was trying to gain its independence from England. The Indian's were treated cruelly and were looked down upon as being nothing more than slaves. Unfortunately, I do not like historical romances and feel that if I want to learn about the history of a country I can just read a history book, not a romance disguised as one. There is no doubt that when England takes over rule of a country it was not done with respect for that country's customs or its people.
The story revolves around Raju Kumar, a twenty year old going to college and trying to find a place for himself. Then there is Eileen Fraser, the daughter of the Medical Administrator, a man with only distain towards the Indians. Although Eileen was born and raised in India, her father refused to allow her to mingle with them. When Eileen and Raju meet there is an instant attraction. This attraction is something that can only mean trouble.
A relationship between an English girl and an Indian boy could result in his death and her banishment. But this is not the first time that a boy and a girl face danger when they fall in love. It is also a time when arranged marriages are the norm. There are so many books about ill fated loves, West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet and more. But most of those books did not include a full history of the times but centered on the people in love.
Raju has faced the death of his two closest friends for no other reason than the police needed a scapegoat. Most of the industries in India have been forced to close and everything is being imported from England. The British are sucking India dry and the people are suffering for it.
I am as disturbed as the next person when I read about the atrocities that were forced upon the Indians. The lack of proper medical facilities and the lack of education and jobs is sad. This is the time of King George V and he is to visit India with promises that were made by royalty before but of course, never kept. It is one thing for a King to make promises but when they are carried out by power hungry politicians those promises mean nothing.
I am sure that readers who love Historical Romance will find this book very interesting; it really gives a clear picture of India in that time. This is just my opinion. I also felt that the book was too long and slow moving.
Reviewed by: Linda Tonis