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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Murder convict pens novel on life in jail

Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, May 20, 2014
First Published: 12:09 IST(20/5/2014) | Last Updated: 12:12 IST(20/5/2014)

A 33-year-old chartered accountant, convicted for life for the murder of his wife seven years ago, has written a 368-page novel, ‘Four Friends’. He wrote the novel in the 63 days of his parole release.


In the novel, the author Rohit Pagare depicts prison as a place of adversities. He has observed the attitude of the courts and police towards such cases.

The story depicts how he handled hardships and survived odds in the jail with the help of his four friends -- education, talent, experience, and value system. He writes about how, even after his conviction, he still trusts his friends.

Pagare conceptualised the socio-legal story in prison, and the structure was framed at his house. He worked 20 hours a day during his release.

He said, “The story started with my father’s visit in the prison. His words resonated in my mind, later my friend Manika Mohini inspirited me to pen my thoughts and I began writing.”

The story is aimed at proving that if a person is knows and follows his value system he would carve a niche for himself even in the most adverse circumstances.

“I wrote the novel to assure my parents that they should never doubt the value system they imbibed in me. I wanted to tell to assure my colleagues that they did not work with a terrible person,” he said.

In his novel, Pagare thanked the jail superintendent, Harender Singh. “If positive surroundings were not provided by him, this novel could never have been conceptualised. This is a result of his extraordinary efforts,” Rohit said.

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