‘Why do they call you Baaz?’ ‘It means falcon,’ he replies solemnly. ‘Or bird of prey. Because I swoop down on the enemy planes just like a Baaz would.’ Then he grins. The grey eyes sparkle. ‘It’s also short for bastard.’ 1971. The USSR-backed India-Mukti Bahini alliance is on the brink of war against the America-aided Pakistani forces. As the Cold War threatens to turn red hot, handsome, laughing Ishaan Faujdaar, a farm boy from Chakkahera, Haryana, is elated to be in the IAF, flying the Gnat, a tiny fighter plane nicknamed ‘Sabre Slayer’ for the devastation it has wreaked in the ranks of Pakistan’s F-86 Sabre Squadrons. Flanked by his buddies Raks, a MiG-21 Fighter, Maddy, a transport pilot who flies a Caribou, and fellow Gnatties Jana, Gana and Mana, Shaanu has nothing on his mind but glory and adventure – until he encounters Tehmina Dadyseth, famed bathing beauty and sister of a dead fauji, who makes him question the very concept of nationalism and whose eyes fill with disillusioned scorn whenever people wax eloquent about patriotism and war… Pulsating with love, laughter and courage, Baaz is Anuja Chauhan’s tribute to our men in uniform.
When I say that men in uniform looks hot and sexy, I am sure every female will agree with me. Imagine when there is a handsome air force officer with most beautiful and tempting grey eyes, no girl would be able to resist him. Ishaan Faujdar do know how hot he is and at times even is bit cocky about it and I don’t know why but I find him so cute when he says that he and his friends are the coolest cats. Ishaan is humble yet cocky, kind yet ruthless and you can’t avoid falling in love with him. Every time Ishaan says “Tell me na”, it gives me goosebumps.
I have read all the books by Anuja Chauhan and every time I read the new book by her, I seem to admire her even more. She has amazing writing skills and can bring characters to the life. While reading this book, I could feel that I am actually spending my days with Ishaan, Maddy and Raks.
In this book Anuja talks about life, love, friendship, courage and adventure and all these words together describe the protagonist and titular hero, baaaastaard- ‘baaz’ -falcon, Ishaan. This book is the perfect tribute to our heroes. This books shows a different side of their lives. Unlike her previous books, the male protagonist is the main character and I am glad about it. Once you start reading about Ishaan, you would want to read more about him.
I know I am talking non-stop about Ishaan but you can only understand how I am feeling right now, if you read the book. This book is no doubt the best book written by the author. Though I did not like the ending much as it seemed to be too forced, it was an unnecessary ending which could have been easily avoided. I really wish that the author would have given it a different ending.