Now, Indian War Heroes, the graphic novel series created by Delhi-based Merchant Navy officer Aditya Bakshi on real-life military heroes like Capt Vikram Batra, Col N G Nair and Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, has been digitised for the iPad.
The application is available for $ 1.99 on Jinibooks, an interactive content publishing platform. The revenue generated will be donated to the National Security Guard Welfare Fund.
Amit Rana and Shyamal Mehta, founders of Techjini Solutions Pvt Ltd, a company that creates applications for mobiles, came up with the idea to digitise the books.
The duo had read an article on Bakshi and were moved by his feelings of patriotism. Wanting to contribute in a small way, they approached Bakshi with the idea of digitising his books.
Bakshi was initially skeptical but after he was convinced that their motives were genuine, he agreed to be part of the initiative. “Rana and Mehta felt that through this initiative, they would be able to help the books reach a wider audience around the world. They also wanted to spread awareness of our unsung military heroes,” says Prathibha Sastry, head-publications, JiniBooks.
The application went online on 26/11/2010, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s death anniversary. The project was symbolically launched at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai. To download the application, one needs to log on to www.jinibooks.com .
There is no cost for downloading the application. Upon downloading, readers can get a preview of the books available. To read the books though, one needs to pay $ 1.99. However, one doesn’t get just the books for the price.
There are several interactive features available like links to YouTube to see videos of 26/11 and Wikipedia links on the various events. You can also send emails from the application itself. “Also, all the money is given to the NSG Welfare Fund, so there is no question of any profit,” says Sastry.
Readers can expect more. Sastry says, “Every book that Bakshi writes for this series will be available in this application.” There are also plans to make the series available on smartphones.
What’s it about?
The Indian War Heroes series is made up of three comic books that chronicle the lives of army heroes. They include Yeh Dil Maange More is based on late Capt Vikram Batra who fought in the Kargil War, True Maratha on Col N G Nair (the most decorated Indian soldier) while late Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s heroics during the 26/11 attack are the subject of the third book titled Braveheart of Mumbai.
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