1857 Dust of Ages:

VOL 4: The Lost Diary

Excerpt

 

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Shiv flipped the stiff yellow pages and his heart skipped a beat.

‘A Diary’

  Navgarh

He stared at the words. Ruth’s words echoed in his mind. ‘We need to find Richard Smith’s journal. I have a list of old book sellers in Delhi.’ Is this it? Smith’s diary? Had Ruth led him to it only to miss the biggest moment?

In a trance, Shiv slowly turned the page.

The details somewhat dampened the excitement. Shiv shook his head to cast off the remains of the euphoria. It wasn’t Richard Smith but someone else they knew.

Diary

KEPT DURING

THE SEPOY MUTINY:

FROM THE ESCAPE FROM NAVGARH IN JUNE 1857 TO THE
DEPARTURE TO ENGLAND IN SEPTEMBER 1857

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Silence of the Doll, Tanhaiyan etc

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And now turning to Tanhaiyan, much as I had waited for it, the series left me missing Ipkknd even more. It was a good effort but no where close to the earlier serial. Here is what was missing, according to me:

 

  1. Khushi Kumari Gupta and ASR:D : Or in other words, the madness, the energy, the vulnerability and the sass. Agreed that meera is educated, flirty and sophisticated and Haider, soft, vulnerable and the guy-next-door, yet the characters were a little insipid despite the layers of pain. did they arouse feelings – some but not very strong; did they keep me thinking about them once the series was over – not at all.

2.  No clash or conflict of ideas, thoughts or ideologies. One of the basic rules of storytelling that I have learned is that the stronger the conflict, the greater the stakes, the better the drama. However Tanhaiyan lacked that conflict. Whatever was there was solely internal and mistaken. No clashes no differences of opinions….nothing.

3. Uniformly same minor characters- same age, same class, same kind. Again no conflict no clashes there. No generations mingling during the wedding. I mean come on, weddings in India are a tamasha with all aunties, uncles, sisters, cousins, grandparents, friends and sundry.  But no one is there in Tanhaiyan as a foil to this bunch of younsters who are so similar to each other – nothing specific that makes Rashi different to Avanti or any other of the friends. Rashi’s ideological difference is brushed aside as comedy. So once again with the sole focus on Meera and Haider comes at the cost of the other characters.

4. Sex too soon. Now romance is all about fantasy and exaggeration. The first brush, meeting of eyes, the kiss – each moment is a step forward – anticipated and built carefully. doesn’t happen in real life but does in fiction. That is the charm of a romance. Tanhaiyan moves too fast too soon. Perhaps there is no stopping Haider and Meera. As I said, no conflict and the layers of romance are left unexplored.

5. The end: too hurried too soon. There is something about this production house. Makes the men do so much wrong and then lets them get away with a short insufficient apology that is no apology. :-(.

 

And now since I have been going on and on about conflict, the conflict in Dust of Ages moves through various stages. First, it is between Meera and Richard – coming from two difference worlds – one an Indian princess and the other a British soldier- their attraction overcoming the differences between their worlds, overcoming Meera’s ambition, Richard’s stubborness.

With Silence of the Dolls, we move to the next stage. These two people who have forged a bond of love and togetherness now face this coming upheaval – the sepoy mutiny. How would it affect their marriage? When and where did Meera disappear? And Richard, looking for his wife because he can not live without her – would he meet her again or …..

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1857 Dust of Ages The Desperate Plan

Excerpt: Jaan se badkar…

‘How beautiful!’ Emily exclaimed as the party ahead came to a standstill. It was the scenic aspect of the town in the light of the rising sun. From the hilltop, they saw the domes of the palace reflecting the light of the sun. Further downhill, the town was shaking off the vestiges of slumber and coming to life. The birds perched on the temple top fluttered at the sound of the tinkling bells and rose against the red and ochre of the morning sky. The winds of early spring carried the nip of winter.

The little group of riders stood spellbound.

‘Most beautiful time of the year. One short month of spring,’ Richard exhaled.

‘A short respite between winter and the blistering heat that is to come,’ Meera gazed at the scene as her voice reduced to a murmur. Standing next to her, Richard heard in fascination. ‘Soon we would be worrying about drought. And then rains. Floods, epidemic, death. It’s only this… this short time that the land is… this… this beautiful.’

‘And yet it’s so important to you.’

‘Yes,’ Meera’s dark eyes met Richard’s brown ones with uncommon seriousness. ‘It’s harsh. But I haven’t known anywhere else. This place, this way of life, we know only this.’ Meera took in a deep breath as if drinking in the scene in front of her. ‘All I do know, Captain Smith, for me Navgarh is… jaan se badkar.’

 There was silence as the landscape absorbed the words of its ambitious and troubled Princess and witnessed the fascination of the man beside her. She wore the armour of royal haughtiness. But she often let it down in the company of Richard Smith. The tension and fascination between the two was palpable at moment to the entire group which now stood at the hilltop.

 

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What happened next…..

 

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1857 Dust of Ages Book Video!

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