More on Making of the Book…..!

I was almost done with writing book when, by a stroke of luck, I found out that Mr. Abdul Quddus Nagi was still alive and well and lived in a small town in Canada.
I was beyond excited to hear about this, after all Mr. Quddus was not only a POW like me in the camp but he was also our civilian cage commander and was bound to know a whole lot more than any other cage inmate about the ins and outs of the day-to-day life of the camp.
I called him up and he too was very excited to hear from me and about my project. Over the next few weeks, we chatted many times on the telephone and I obtained valuable information from him. Finally, in January 2020, I decided to go up to Canada and meet him. He lived in the small town of Cobourg, about one and half hour drive from Toronto.
On a cold and wintery morning, I drove eastward to Cobourg. It was a scenic drive and I saw some beautiful countryside on my way. He gave me a warm reception and we talked about our camp life for hours. He and his wife were gracious enough to offer me a sumptuous lunch and he recounted the events of our daily life in cage #1, Camp #34 in Roorki, India. We spent many hours together as he recounted the stories of our camp life. I returned in the evening with a lot more information about our camp life that I included in the book.
While I was in Toronto, I also made a point to go and meet Mr. Shaukat. He was in charge of a taking care of the sick people in our camp. He used to take us to the MI (Medical inspection) Room. I drove on the snow-covered roads and arrived at the townhouse where he lived. I knocked on the door and an old man in pajamas opened the door. It was Mr. Shaukat all right. Still the same energetic demeanor but in a very frail and tired body. His wife was also frail and used a walker but both had good memory and told me a lot about our camp.

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