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Posted at: Jan 8, 2017, 1:00 AM; last updated: Jan 8, 2017, 1:00 AM (IST)


The Peacock Feather is a collection of short stories that will keep the readers totally captivated and engrossed in its interesting storyline replete with twists and unexpected turns. It explores a wide range of genres, each story having its unique characteristics. From a bittersweet love story in The Peacock Feather to a rags-to-riches story in The Gutka King; an engineer in the early part of the 20th century determined to accomplish his mission against all odds in The Accomplisher; to addressing the issue of the dowry system in The Bridal Gift. The stories take the reader through an emotional path, traumatic experiences and fraudulent manoeuvres, which depict the true nature of the human beings with all their strength and nuances. These are based on real-life occurrences, albeit fictionalised and interwoven with several interesting anecdotes. 

In 1974, one of India’s greatest post-Independence entrepreneurs Raunaq Singh acquired the license to operate a tyre company in Kerala. However, there was no factory. It was a company registered in name only. Apollo Tyres. Thanks to Onkar Singh Kanwar, Raunaq’s eldest son, Apollo is today one of India’s most successful automotive companies with a turnover in excess of $2 billion and factories across India and in Europe. This is the story, never told before, of how Onkar Singh Kanwar built Apollo from scratch and took it to the world stage. 

The Man Behind the Wheel recounts many dramatic events in compelling detail as Onkar Kanwar follows his steadfast vision to build not just a company, but also an industrial institution. For the first time Onkar Kanwar’s closest friends and colleagues have spoken about the triumphs and the setbacks that have shaped both his and the company’s life and times.

Fleeing from a troubled past in an orphanage in Patna, a young and destitute boy, Ami, finds himself on Platform No. 10 at Delhi’s Nizamuddin station, where Shetty Dada rules the platform boys with an iron fist. Meanwhile, in another part of the city, Janaki, an affluent young widow, finds herself struggling to hold on to her husband’s vast fortunes. Disillusioned by the betrayal of those close to her, Janaki wonders whether she’ll ever find happiness again, and the strength to move on. 

When life brings Ami and Janaki face to face on Platform No. 10, their disparate worlds collide, setting off a series of events that will forever change their destiny.


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