A piece of India

The book blurb reveals the following about the book-
Doctor Margaret in Delhi is Book 2 of The Azadi Series and a sequel to, Book 1: Doctor Margaret’s Sea Chest. This historical fiction novel continues with Margaret’s journey from the time she and her Canadian husband participated in the 1854 Crimean War. Doctor Margaret travels alone to India to be with her parents at the American Presbyterian Mission at Futtehgurh, and then on to her posting at a hospital in Delhi. There she has to not only overcome work pressures, but also deal with her intimidators and intrigues of the Mughals, at the Delhi Red Fort. Margaret’s tormenter since her childhood, Captain Albert, also joins a British regiment bound for service in India. The Russian, Captain Count Nicholai, whom Margaret had met in Crimea, also arrives in India under the guise of a French physician. The events leading up to the Indian Mutiny/Rebellion that breaks out in 1857 profoundly affect not only Margaret’s life, but also of those who love her and others’ who wish her harm. Also, mixed-up in the bedlam is one of the Delhi King’s Red Fort’s Guards sepoys, Sharif Khan Bhadur, the grandfather of Doctor Wallidad, an American doctor. The Azadi Series covers the exciting events and turmoil that enflamed India from 1857 to 1947, and led to her independence. Those incidences engulf the characters of this story at that time, and then later their descendant’s lives, again in the 1960s.
My review goes as follows-
She is on her way –with others- and it was the year 1855.
So they are on carriage and through dense forests.
Suddenly there are sounds of firing-attack-to the convoy.
Can she be rescued?
It is an unwelcome welcome for her to the country- which was then known to the outside world as a country of princes and snake charmers.
Doctor Margaret-after losing g her dear husband in the war of Crimea is o her way to India- a rendezvous with her family- her doting father.
those who are familiar with the six volume Azadi series –does know the story of Margaret- the American lady doctor-whose belongings comes to the hand of a modern day doctor-who is somehow related to the lady. it is an action filled historical adventure- set up amid the backdrop of first war of Indian independence .the current book is the sequel of the first volume-depicting her life in India as a doctor of Indian medical service.
Okay. It’s time to back to the story. It’s time for a tearful reunion of the father and the daughter-in Calcutta. The author had made extensive research on the history of the city that is enough to have a visualization of the then capital of India- be it’s skyline, be it’s culture, be it’s tradition, be the oriental life of the native and the Europeans.
Soon the tender heart of the lady felt sympathetic with the cause of the Indian- be the imperial policy of the colonial rule or the behaviour of the Europeans towards black natives-she started to found it increasingly difficult to swallow. At the place of work of her father-she got to mix up with a native ruler- but destiny has some other thought for her.
During her stay to Delhi she found herself at the helm of the kingly affairs- the great Mughals –their hope and aspirations- soon started to moist her mind. And events started to happen. And little Jan- the sign of love of her dear husband comes to her lap!
All the time – an army officer increasingly started to get attracted to her. But is he merely a bee attracted by the fragrance of the blooming flower? Or his love is as pure as pure as driven snow?
Where the destiny will take her? What the future beholds for her?
An absorbing historical novel glittered by historical facts well navigated by the writer- is how I would love to express it. But suddenly I realised I am forgetting about the plot-which will attract readers as magnet.
and there is no denying the fact that it is one of the period novels where the writer has done justice to the characters-they are so real yet so fictional!
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