We may have already read such
plots; we may already saw so many movies with similar plots; but the book “Wings
of Silence” by Shriram Iyer is different. It is indeed a magisterial work. The
book is so engaging, fast paced and a visual treat that once you start reading you
won’t feel like stop reading it till you finish. This book shows us the wonders of power of love and support from those close to you can do to your confidence.
“Ma bought me this book today.
This is my friend – Raj”. The story in the “Wings of Silence” created by
Shriram Iyer is consequence of the stealthy reading of elder brother Raj
Sethi’s diary (termed above as friend) by the younger brother Saurav Sethi. Both
are sons of Akshay Sethi, ex. Squadron leader who was bestowed with Veer
Chakra. He got injured in action in the India Pakistan war and had to retire
soon after the receipt of the award. Akshay teaches his son Sourav “Remember
Saurav, there are only two types of people in the world – winners and losers”
which had a lasting impression on Saurav and he follows categorizing his
acquaintances into two boxes. Saurav is a child prodigy, meritorious at studies
and sports (tennis) whereas his elder brother Raj was born deaf. Even though he
was born with normal vocal chord, the lack of an aural feedback prevented
coherent speech from birth. Hence due to lack of adequate expression, Raj Sethi
becomes an under-achiever and is written off as a loser by his father, who
demonstrates open insults on the elder son and appreciation for the younger
son. Saurav also thinks his brother is devoid of any feelings.
But, Saurav’s assumption turns
untrue and he is stunned at his brother’s expressions in his diary, where he
dreams of winning the gold medal for Olympics Marathon. Saurav sacrifices his
career in Tennis and sets on the toughest journey with his girl friend Shalini
to make his brother achieve his dreams. Amidst the intense cold war between USA and USSR, diffident environments and
the toughness of the Olympics contestants, Raj Sethi runs to victory in the
Olympics and wins the gold medal duly acknowledging the mammoth support given
by his little brother in front of whole world.
“Wings of Silence” illustrates
the element of family support required at every stage of an individual’s
accomplishment in addition to his own latent talents through the depiction of
characters like Father, Mother, Brother, Cousin, Aunt, Friends, Coaches and so
on. It is a must read book that also gives an insight of the sports like Tennis
and Marathon. It proves that human values of
love, discipline, respect, generosity, sacrifice and companion are essential
ingredients of success. The book will surely be an addition to the treasured
collection and can also be gifted to all near and dear. The “Wings of Silence”
is the Wings of Victory in the world of writing of Shriram Iyer. Looking
forward to many more such creations, Mr Iyer.