A restaurant owner from Mumbai, Khalid wrote the screenplay for the blockbuster hit movie, Gladiator. His novel, The Kite Runner tells the story of a young boy who dies in a forest and is resurrected in a new body with the powers of a medieval monk. He lives in a village and finds himself suddenly thrust into a grand adventure. He is later reunited with his brother, who has gone on a pilgrimage to Mecca.
He has also written two more novels: Arjun Panini (also known as Pani Ke Priya) and Rang De Chigam. He is the author of a number of other novels too. He won the prestigious International Best Novel Award for the short story, “An Elephant in Patiala” from the Hindi and English editions of the same novel. Karkare’s first novel, The Rings of Saturn, won the Nehru Prize for best short story from the Indian edition. Karkare, with his novels, has won a number of national and international awards.
Many of his novels are adapted for the screen and have won the National Book Award, the Stanley and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, the Edinburgh Critics Circle Award, the Nobel Prize, the I.B.M. Medal and the Stravinsky award. His latest book, A Rakshan: Memories of the Battlefields, is based on his experiences at the Bangladesh War. He has written several poems and stories about his experiences.
For people who like historical fiction, Bhagat Kajol-ka is an interesting and detailed novel which tells the life story of the legendary Rana Jai Singh. It is written in a prose style but the parts dealing with the events are clearly and vividly described.
Jafar-ka in Kashmir was the domain of the battle ofMuzaffarnagar, where many Hindus were massacred by Muslims. It is told through the eyes of an old man who is not very critical of the Hindus at all and wonders why they were massacred by the Muslims. The Hindus were later at least partially spared in the partition of India. It is full of small incidents in the life of a sarpanch (district magistrate), his visits to his village, his search for a village elder, and his dealings with the people of his village.
Jafar-ka was written during the last years of the Raj. It was initially rejected by the publishers but the editors decided to publish it, and it became a best seller. The young Kajol-ka’s own battles with the pressures of literary fame can be seen in the later part of the novel. The details of which are captured by him in a series of letters and journals.
Besides these, there are other novels by the author in which he tries to express his views on current affairs. Among them are The Mahatma, A Gwalior Memoir, Chakkar, Lucknow Ramayan, Mirchi Sivaji, Iswar, Gwalior Memoir, Jafar-ka, Lakhan, Omkaran, Niras-Ras, The Great Harvest and Hero of Samvats. All these have received great acclaim. These are all novels, which the reader should try and find the merits in.
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