Yes Ranjit is finally here. After two years of changes and re-writes, ‘I am Called Ranjit,’ has finally hit the Amazon.com site, thanks to my friend and creator Bruce Wallace.
I had quite a lot of fun writing this book. Many memories flowed through my mind as I sat down to write some of the chapters. Although fictional, I used the name of one of these street children for the title of this novel. I remember his handsome little face so clearly and also his beautiful smile that would flash across his face whenever he saw me.
One incident which my former colleagues constantly ask is, “On which page will I find the story about the rat?”
Yes there was indeed a rat who decided to pay me a visit in my hotel room around midnight, just before I was due to fly out to Singapore. Yes it did crawl into my bed and across my back. That was on the 27th floor of the hotel.
However I managed to survive, but was surprised when I got on board to find out how many of the passengers knew about the incident although it had happened only a few hours earlier. When I returned to Bombay from Singapore, trying to forget about my ordeal, I was greeted by the one of the young men at the reception with the words, “Madam that was a big one you had in your room the other night.”
Sorry, but I didn’t mention too much about my four footed roommate in the novel.
I still love India and have a soft spot in my heart for that country. I am hoping that sometime within the next two years, I will be able to visit her again.
And I will quote Mr. Berkley, one of the characters in the novel.
“Ah Bombay! She takes your breath away. She’s a lady riddled with challenges and she will chew you up, spit you out, and the crows waiting in the treetops will devour what’s left of your flesh and bones. The rich shun the poor, leaving them condemned to a life of eternal hell here in the gutters and on the pavements of the city. It reminds me so much of the mother country during the Dickens’ years, but worse! Much, much worse! But Bombay is still my lady and I will always love her.”
So please read and enjoy my latest work ‘I am Called Ranjit.”
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