The Blessed Bio-data!
In the U.S. I took to what I wanted to do all my life, writing a book. Many true happenings and characters I came across in life, including interaction with former U.S. president, Bill Clinton, inspired my first book, Paradise Lost and Found, published in the U.S.. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists turned it into one of the most dangerous places on the planet. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family is forced to leave behind all that it had in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it tries to make a difference in many a life. The survival to success story climaxes in California where the family finds a substitute for the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.
As a big movie buff, who grew up with Hindi cinema, I have combined my personal knowledge and research on the subject, to complete work on my second book, Bollywood Celebrates Centenary - a tribute to the 100 years of excellence in Hindi cinema, now known as Bollywood. I cherish great memories of the bygone era of 30s and 40s, the golden age of 50s and 60s, the period of the parallel cinema in 70s and 80s, and Bollywood's grand entry into the new millennium with movies popular worldwide. Spanning a wide range of decades, genres and style, the Bollywood film culture in all its glory is a wonderful thing. Of the hundreds of great hits it has given, some have attained an aura of unparalleled respectability because, overtime, they continue to draw viewers in multitudes for weeks, months and even years. My book on Bollywood is only an endeavor to express my gratitude for the great joy Bollywood gave me all my life and to pay my tributes to the tallest amongst movie makers, artistes, composers, lyricists, singers and script writers down the decades, for contributing their extraordinary caliber to Hindi Cinema's 100 years of excellence in entertainment.
Next, I have started work on my second novel, “Doaba to Yuba”, based on the true experiences of a group of farmers from Doaba region in Punjab, who migrated to the U.S. in early 20th century for greener pastures, to eventually settle in Yuba City, as some of the most flourishing and influential families of California, having helped the State become the food bowl of U.S.A. While I'm on my computer working on the new novel, my wife keeps herself engrossed in watercolor painting, the hobby she has passionately taken to since arriving in the U.S.. Taking time from our respective hobbies, we go for our daily walks to enjoy the awesome weather and lovely landscapes of Bay Area in California, called the Golden State of USA. Our years of retirement are truly rewarding, made more so by our son Alok and daughter-in-law Ranjan, with their loving care that tempted me to title this piece of personal particulars as The Blessed Bio-data!