“NOTHING BUT!” is a saga of the 20th Century history of India and the Indian Subcontinent in particular and the world in general covering the period 1890-2002. It is a story of eight Indian families and one British family and their five generations. Though they were from different religions they were all once very close friends and comrades and how circumstances beyond their control separated them and some even became each other’s sworn enemy
The complete book is in 6 parts and its main focus is on the disputed Indian Territory of Jammu and Kashmir – a volatile region that has been in the eye of the storm ever since the Great Game began in the late 19th century and remains the main bone of contention between India and Pakistan ever since the two countries became independent in 1947.
Book One -‘The Awakening’ covers the period 1890-1919 and tells the story of the advent and rise of Indian nationalism through the eyes of these fictional characters and how the Great Game was played and how The Great War (1914-1918) effected the lives of these people.
Book Two – ‘The Long Road to Freedom’ covers the period 1920-1947 and tells the story about the sacrifices made to attain freedom and how partition came about.
Book Three – ‘What Price Freedom’ covers the period 1947-1971 and tells the story of the horrors of partition and the 3 major wars that took place between India and Pakistan and which also gave birth to a new nation called Bangladesh.
Book Four – ‘Love has no Religion’ covers the period 1971-1984. It is a tragic love story of two couples from the fourth generation with different religious and cultural backgrounds and how it affected their lives and those of their countrymen.
Book Five – ‘All is Fair In Love and War ‘ covers the period 1984-1994 and tells us about the rise of communal, religious and regional politics in the subcontinent and corruption in politics together with the rise of fanatical religious organizations throughout the world in general and the subcontinent in particular .
Book Six ‘Farewell My Love” covers the period 1994 – 2002 tells the story of the people from the 4th and 5th generation of these families and how the rise of militancy, terrorism and selfish coalition politics affected their lives and those of the people on the streets.