Jo’s Book Review – The Wrong Turn by Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose

34397566Title: The Wrong Turn

Author: Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose

Publication Date: February 1st 2017

Publisher:  Om Books International

Part of a Series?: Nope

Genres: Historical fiction, Romance

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Rating- 5/5

 

As you can guess from the rating, THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC! I don’t usually read Indian fiction but this book restored my faith in it and I am so happy to see that their is still hope left! I saw this blog tour, randomly on TBC and applied for it because it talked of love and betrayal and war and struggle for independence and I was super interested to read it.

Writing

I loved the writing. Although it took me a while to get used to the writing style because its pretty heavy with lots of adjectives thrown, but once into it I WAS ACTUALLY GLAD FOR IT as it helped me to ‘see’ everything much more clearly and precisely. Specially the usage of words from British english gave it more realistic feel.

Plot

The plot is EXCELLENT! The love and betrayal and double crossing and twists and turns make it a delight to read. The story itself is super fast paced and grips the reader tightly in its bosom and forces you to turn pages after pages till you have reached the end. Its really really addicting!

Characters and Romance

This book has 3 main characters. Debraj, Aditi and Nishonko. I found all of them to super fun and interesting, my favourite being Deb. I absolutely loved his character. He stood out for me. Also the romance is interesting with a love triangle. Usually I hate love triangles but this was OKish. I didn’t mind it that much.

 

Final verdict – Fantastic book! I highly recommend!

 

 
 
 
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About the Author
 
 
The Wrong Turn is a story that traverses the cities of Calcutta, Singapore, Rangoon and Kohima caught up in the blaze of the Second World War. It is about the clash of four desperate forces as they come together in Kohima to vie for the brightest jewel in the crown — India. Victory will come to those who possess not just the coldest steel but even colder hearts.”
 
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. 


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This was a story waiting to be told. So much about Netaji was smoke and mirrors, partial views foisted on us by the British and other vested interests. Here was a man who was a personal hero, who was part of the lore of my childhood. And here was a chance to set the narrative straight – through the lens of a very human yet universal story of love.

During a school project on ‘The most memorable day of my life’, NAMITA ROY GHOSE wrote about a Russian girl on the day WW2 ended. She got her first rejection slip from the teacher for making things up. Ever since, Namita has established her storytelling skills through her scriptwriting, screenplays poetry, fiction, legendary advertising campaigns, and as a renowned advertising film director. A Creative Director with HTA, she left after 13 years to start her own film company, White Light, one of India’s top ad film outfits. A social activist, she is the founder of Vanashakti, an NGO that works to protect the environment. Namita has done pro bono work on issues like domestic violence, child welfare, sexual harassment and forest preservation. She is an avid traveller, a photographer, foodie and teacher.
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Praise for the book

 

 

 

 

 

Vidya Balan “I like historical fiction. This one is just gripping, racing along like a thriller. I am sure people will love it and I wish Namita and Sanjay all the best for the book”.

 

Shekhar Gupta: “Gripping reading. This is one writer duo with story-telling imagination and uncluttered turn of phrase”.

 

Jug Suraiya: “A sweeping saga of war, love and betrayal, set at a climactic point of India’s fight for freedom”.

 

Lord Meghnad Desai: “An absorbing and indeed thrilling story of one of the most crucial events in India’s history”.

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