hankar, connect me immediately to the Prime Minister.”
Without wasting time on any further questions, Shankar dialled the telephone number of the Prime Minister’s residence. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister had left for the radio station.
Shankar rushed back to give the message to Sardar. Sardar impatiently said :
“Shankar, leave immediately for the Radio Station. Go quickly. Try to hold back the Prime Minister’s speech. By no means should the matter related to plebiscite and UNO be relayed. If this happens, the whole country will be put into a great trouble. If need be, cancel this programme. Please leave immediately.”
Having waded through the traffic on the way, Shankar reached finally to the radio station but he was late. The Prime Minister was reading his speech on the microphone. Shankar heard him referring to the plebiscite and UNO. The whole world was listening to it. Shankar banged his head.
—Extract from this novel
A biographical novel on the Iron Man of India Sardar Patel which brings to light various known-unknown facets of his inspiring life. His contribution and efforts for the unification of princely states laid the foundation for a sovereign Bharat.
A must read book for every true Indian.
Born on 30th June 1937, Mr. Joshi has at his credit 152 books so far in Gujarati language. He started his literary career with publication of a short story in 1954. His 52 books are translated and published in Hindi, Marathi, Bangla, Oriya, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannad, English and German languages. His writing covers different areas of the life of man kind i.e. with social and spiritual background, the research work on Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha, epics like Mahabharat and Ramayan etc. He has carved a new path in the field of biographical novels viz. Gujarati poet Narmad, Mahatma Gandhi and his son Harilal, Mohmad Ali Jinnah, Rabindranath Tagore, Lord Buddha and also on Sardar Patel.
His novel ‘Mahatma vs. Gandhi’ was adapted as play and also as movie in different languages including English.
On the eve of the completion of his 75th Birth Anniversary, he was felicitated in a function held in Mumbai wherein his 15 books were released in 6 different Indian languages including English which is recognized as a National record by the Limca Book of records.
He has edited translation of complete ‘Mahabharat’ in Gujarati language in 20 volumes.
At present he is occupied with reading and writing. He has also floated a Trust–Gujarati Sahitya Pradan Pratishthan with an objective of publishing outstanding Gujarati books in different languages. He lives in Mumbai.