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A real-life story based on the 1000 letters the Indian immigrant Abnashi Ram left to his daughter Raj upon his death. It is about how he became involved with the freedom movement in India, how his elders tried to change his future by marrying him forcibly to a 15-year old girl, how he ran away to America and how he became a rich merchant in Hollywood. Since the immigration laws against the Indians prevented him to bring his family to America, he was always lonely. To stay sane, he cultivated friendships and wrote heart-rending letters. But loneliness never left him. When WWII started, Ram lost all contact with his family especially his first-born daughter. Suddenly, he feared of her being sacrificed in the name of either family honor killing or early marriage. For four years he tried to contact his family but did not a=have any luck. In the meantime, to create a legacy for his daughter, he organized his fellow 5,000 immigrants for a successful struggle to convince Great Britain to free India. In 1947, his daughter became stranded in the newly formed Pakistan after partition. His global netwrok of friends came to rescue her from the ensuing mass-killings in Punjab. He made a special trip in 1949 to bring his daughter to the United States on a student visa. When the U. S. immigration laws were changed in 1967, his entire family was finally united in America.
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The author received his education from Punjab University (B.A.), UCLA and USC (MS in Physics). He wrote his first book Holy Men and Holy Cows in 1968 to explain his belief system to his company president. His next three books dealing with network science were published in 1982, 1990 and 1997 respectively. He retired from Rockwell International in 1984 after receiving the covetous Leonardo da Vinci Medal for his inventions. After retiring, he became an independent consultant and taught at SMU in Dallas until 2003
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