Vikrant Dutta, an Air force officer has just published a novel making him the first Indian writer ever to write a novel in english ballads. "Ode to Dignity" is the story of a young Lieutenant who goes to the home of a Major and how he breaks the new of his death to his widow. Over the course of two days they share their thoughts and feel a bond developing between them. The book has 1645 lyrical ballads which follow the meter abcb throughout its course. Novels in ballads have been a rare literary form and since the last century they have been far and few. The book recreates the Victorian era and falls in the romantic genre.