By Rakesh Satyal
Meet Kiran Sharma: lover of tune, dance, and all issues sensual; son of immigrants, social outcast, religious seeker. A boy who doesn't fairly comprehend his lot-until he realizes he's a god...
As an simply son, Kiran has obligations-to excel in his reports, to honor the deities, to discover a pleasant Indian woman, and, particularly, to make his mom and dad proud-standard stuff for a boy of his historical past. If in simple terms Kiran had whatever in universal with the opposite Indian teenagers in addition to the colour of his epidermis. They reject him at each flip, and his cretinous public schoolmates aren't any higher. Cincinnati within the early Nineteen Nineties isn-t precisely a hotbed of cultural range, and Kiran-s not-so-well-kept secrets and techniques don-t endear him to any staff. twiddling with dolls, deciding upon ballet over basketball, taking the once a year expertise express manner too heavily. . .the very issues that make Kiran who he's additionally make him the superstar of his personal own freak convey. . .
Surrounded via examples of upstanding Indian Americans-in his own residence, in his temple, on the weekly events given by way of his mom and dad- friends-Kiran however unearths it most unlikely to get the knack of -normalcy.- after which one fateful day, a revelation: possibly his wishes aren-t too earthly, yet too divine. maybe the answer to the secret of his life has been sooner than him when you consider that start. For Kiran Sharma, an extended, unusual journey is ready to begin-a trip so chic, so ridiculous, so painfully appealing, that it might in basic terms bring about the reality. . .
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Located on the strategic north-western invasion route from central Asia into India proper, the region known as the Punjab has witnessed an almost interminable series of violent military and political struggles. For at least 800 years, from the eleventh century 6 At annexation, the region known as the Punjab stretched from the Afghan border to Delhi. Although Punjab proper refers to the five inter-riverine tracts between the Indus and the Sutlej, the name Punjab has been applied historically to cover a much wider area stretching from the trans-Indus frontier districts of Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Dera Ghazi Khan to Delhi in the east.
A. Heathcote, The Indian Army: The Garrison of British Imperial India, 1822– 1922, London, 1974, pp. 83–84. 4 See Dirk Kolff, Naukar, Rajput and Sepoy, pp. 177–81. 5 The term “Indian Army” came into official use following Kitchener ’s reorganisation in 1903 to distinguish between British officered Indian regiments and regiments of the British Army serving in India. Prior to 1903, the term “Army in India” was used to refer collectively to the Bengal, Madras and Bombay Armies and the British and European regiments garrisoned in India.
It was not simply a case of providing military employment to the Punjabis as a reward for good and loyal services; rather, the questions persisted: what should be done with the Punjabi regiments that had been called to arms during the Mutiny? Should they be disarmed now that the crisis was over, or was it safe enough, at this stage, to include large numbers of Punjabis in the colonial army? If so, what numbers of Punjabis could safely be recruited into the army, and how would the recruitment of Punjabis serve the interests of the colonial army, and ultimately of British rule in India?
Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal