Overview for Almost an Ambassador
His father wanted him to be a village postman, his wife told him to go climb trees. All by himself Doot, the Ambassador of Princetown to Tertia, becomes a legendary figure for wrong reasons. Caught between bewildering world of diplomacy and an unhappy marriage, Doot longs to be a perfect Ambassador. His own ideal is suave and charismatic, having Casanova like luck with women. Alas, despite desperate efforts, this remains a dream for him. Almost an ambassador straddles two worlds, the real and fantastical from Sanguri Gaon in the Caribbean to the desert kingdoms of Tertia and the neighbouring Inertia. The book is a delightfully comic exposeâ€™ of the politics of war and coups, of loyalty, love and marital clashes. The entire business of diplomacy is the focus of sometimes glaring, often soft light of humour that Rajiv Dogra casts n Ambassador Doot and his struggles. Almost an Ambassador magically transforms Dootâ€™s world into a tale of diplomatic intrigue and ambition in this book written great warmth and fun. Rajiv Dogra has composed an endearing ode to the ambassadorial life and its lonely splendour.
Rajiv Dogra (Author)
Rajiv Dogra, a career diplomat, has earlier served in Indian Missions in Stockholm, Rome, Doha, Karachi, London and Bucharest. He is currently an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. He has contributed several short stories and essays on international affairs in various journals; he has also been a columnist for newspapers. His first novel, Footprints in foreign Sands, was published in India in 1997 and was subsequently translated into Romanian as Urme Pe Nisip in 1999. Almost an ambassador is his second novel.