September 11, 2001 went down as an unforgettable date in the history of the world. From then on, no matter which part of the world you lived in, one word came to be at the vortex of everyone’s life—terrorism. The novel you are viewing depicts a brave attempt by a team of young people to combat terrorism. These people, although of different faiths, were brought up in an environment of love and freedom. Fortified with nanotechnology, they take the battle straight into the epicenter of terrorism – the Afghan-Pak border. Having witnessed the trauma unleashed by a terror attack in her hometown in Southern India, the author seeks to find answers to the multitude of questions riddling our peace of mind. Religion has a positive impact as long as it co-exists with other religions. But once it tries to gain supremacy or is imposed forcibly, then it becomes destructive. In that aspect, an atheist is safer to have in our midst than a religious fanatic. The U.S. owes what it is today to the intermingling of various cultures. Although statistics show a big percentage of Christians, the U.S. has never projected itself as a Christian country. India has the second largest Moslem population in the world. There are more Moslems in the rest of India than in Kashmir. And yet why is Kashmir the disputed territory? It’s because there are not too many people of other faiths in Kashmir. In the other states, Moslems have been “put together” with people of other faiths. This “putting together” theory may be a solution that would work all the way from Kashmir to Iraq to the West Bank. Secularism and diversity certainly make nations better and stronger. Armed with the conglomeration of religions and new technologies, we can certainly win the global war on terrorism.
The author, pen named “Anbu,” describes herself as “a simple person with great dreams.” She would like to be a socio-technocrat, utilizing her technical and creative skills for the benefit of society. A devout Hindu, she is greatly interested in learning about all the religions of the world. The author’s passion for English literature dates back to her school days. While her classmates found English classes challenging, and even baffling at times, she eagerly looked forward to taking the classes. She reveled in paraphrasing poems and summarizing Shakespeare. She attempted to get into each author’s mind as she read those indelible lines on the sands of time. William Wordsworth is her favorite writer, and she tries to emulate his style of displaying complex emotions using simple words. After graduating from high school, she applied to colleges offering medical, engineering, and literature degrees. She got offer letters from all three. While she was in a dilemma, her brother convinced her to join engineering. “Medical may be too demanding and not leave you time for anything else. But engineering would certainly let you indulge in literary pursuits. Thereby you could exercise both sides of your brain—the logical left and the creative right.” Engineer she became! College graduation, job, marriage, and kid—all of these came in quick succession. Except for occasional stints at writing, she could not find time to practice her creativity. But even those small attempts were well-received by her professors and managers. “You should write more,” they encouraged. The family moved to the U.S. in 1999 after a terror attack rocked their hometown. Although elite back home, they had to start from scratch in the U.S. And that meant time still eluded her. Perseverance and will power took the family up the ladder of success. And finally the right time to write arrived. Here is her dream in print for you.
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Published November 30, 2007
Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction.