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From a pilot’s pen

chandigarh Updated: May 14, 2013 09:31 IST
Mehakdeep Grewal
Mehakdeep Grewal
Hindustan Times
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Nobody can define love more rhetorically than a soldier, and when he gets down to penning his love saga, one can only expect a tale laced with twists and turns. The new author to be inducted to the list of romantic novelists is decorated naval pilot, Commander Rajbir Gill, a recipient of Shaurya Chakra and Nao Sena Medal.

Rajbir, 64, was in Patiala on Sunday to release his debut novel, In Pursuit of The Woman. Interestingly, the naval pilot decided to unveil his book at a flying club.

Giving an insight in to novel, Commander Gill says, “The story is about a pilot in Goa, who receives a letter from his friend informing him of his sister and her friend’s arrival who would be visiting Goa on a college trip. The friend asks the pilot to take his sister around the city. Two days later, the sister, Suman, reaches Goa and the pilot and she end up falling in love. The twist in the story is when after her trip, the pilot receives a letter from his friend saying his sister could not make it to the trip due to her health. Hence begins the quest for the real Suman.”

So, what made him leave the seas and pick up a pen? “Though fiction, the initial plot of the story is an excerpt from my life. In 1971, when I was posted to Goa, my friend wrote to me about his sister and her friend visiting the city for a trip. They, however, never turned up. But, the incident planted an idea in my head. After retiring from the Indian navy, I joined the merchant navy, which gave me enough time to put my thoughts in order, and the water brought out my creativity. I used to spend a lot of time on the deck, watching the 1965 Hindi movie, Arzoo. The movie inspired me to write a romantic novel.”

The writer, who is also an Urdu poet, adds, “It took me 40 days to pen my book, but deciding the picture of the female protagonist for the book cover took days of glancing through faces; I wanted to get the portrait of my leading lady right.”

The author who wishes to convert his novel into a movie has two more romantic untitled novels ready. Presently, besides looking after his construction business, the author is working on his fourth book, a crime thriller.