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The wrong turn : Love and betrayal in the time of Netaji

So what happens when these magnetic personalities – Namita Roy Ghose a former creative director, owner of a film company & a social activist ;  Sanjay Chopra , an airline pilot & award winning author set out to re visit  history?

They co author a book that will remind you of one of a very recent Bollywood movie and will take you to a time you wished never existed in our history. Or at least knew a little more accurately about. 

“The Wrong turn : love and Betrayal in the time of Netaji”  is a griping story set in the age when almost the entire world was in a state of a crisis. World war 2 was coming to an end and India was seeing an uprising in the wake of Independence. Netaji Subhashchandra Bose was no less than an enigma himself and this story will tell you how intriguing those particular chain of events and the entire milieu was.

About the authors :

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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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.

About the book :

2013 : The National Army Museum in London makes an astounding announcement. The Battle of Kohima  fought in 1944, between the British on the one hand  and the Japanese forces, supported by the Indian National Army on the other,  was the greatest battle ever fought by the British –  super ceding such celebrated battles as D-Day and Waterloo. How could this sleepy little cantonment town called Kohima tucked away in a remote corner of British India have such a signal honor?

Because unknown to most people, it played a pivotal role in India’s freedom struggle. It is here that Subhash Chandra Bose and his Azad Hind Fauj, against all odds, took on the mighty British army. This forgotten outpost of the Empire held the key to India’s destiny. From Kohima, the road to Calcutta… and beyond…  lay open. If Bose and the INA gained quick victories, there was a real possibility of the whole country rising up in armed revolt. Bose’s war cry “Chalo Delhi” would not be an empty rant after all. The British were desperate. India, the brightest jewel in the crown was at stake.  Secret communiqués between Mountbatten and Churchill stated clearly , ‘Nothing is more important than this battle…it’s imperative to win’.

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“I will not lose India on my watch !” Churchill raged.

The Japanese high command aided by Subhash Bose planned the campaign well and was aimed at luring the British into a trap at Kohima. The initial assault on the British positions went well. They planted the tricolor for the very first time on a patch of freed Indian soil.  The country waited with bated breath.

Then, when the INA/Japanese seem on the brink of a breakthrough, it all started to go horribly wrong. Whichever way they turned, the British appeared to be waiting for them. The Japanese and the INA seemed to become trapped in their own snare. Thousands of Indians and Japanese were killed or taken prisoner.

How did the British have such intimate knowledge of the their plans? How could they pin point their exact positions in real time? Did British spies infiltrate the INA ranks? Or were their other forces at home desperate to see Bose defeated?

While legions of freedom fighters donning khadi fought a righteous battle against the British, there were wolves and opportunists too waiting to grab power. Or could it have been Jinnah’s minions? Their dream of Pakistan could be a reality only if Bose was defeated since he was a champion of an undivided India. Could these hawks have conspired to drag Bose down as well?  Or, was the INA betrayed… by one of their own?

If Bose had been successful and India became free three years before she did, how different would India’s political and geographical fundamentals be today?

One looks at the state of our country today… the corruption, the misguided ideologies, the bigotry, fear and hatred… and one wonders what a different outcome there might have been, if the battle of Kohima had been won.

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Author(s): Sanjay Chopra and Namita Roy Ghose
Publisher: Om Books
Release: January 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction
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