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  • History, Mythology+Fantasy,  Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Queen That She Was- The Twentieth Wife #AtoZChallenge

    “I wonder what it would be like to marry a prince,” Mehrunnisa said, her eyes glazing over dreamily, “and to be a princess…”   ― Indu Sundaresan, The Twentieth Wife If there is one historical novel that I absolutely loved, then it’s got to be The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sunderasan. It’s a story of one of India’s most controversial queens, Nur Jahan. Often spotted in paintings and images as the lady behind the veil, seated behind the frames of an intricately carved palace window, Nur Jahan in reality was nothing short of a wonder woman. She radiated brilliance and determination, and it is said that her love for the young prince Jahangir,…

  • History, Mythology+Fantasy,  Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Diary of Anne Frank- #AtoZChallenge

      “Not being able to go outside upsets me more than I can say and I’m terrified our hiding place will be discovered and that we’ll be shot” – Anne Frank in her Diary Over a million copies of this book have been sold worldwide and till date this book is considered to be one of the most brilliant commentary on the Holocaust and World War 2. A real account of actual events, of troubled times and the worst massacres humanity has ever faced, Anne’s diary would move you. She gives us a glimpse into her life, the people around her, life in confinement and growing up as a young…

  • History, Mythology+Fantasy,  Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    City of Djinns By William Dalrymple #writebravely

    “For all its faults we love this city”-  William Dalrymple, City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi I have lived in Delhi for 3 years. Despite, the city being harsh in many a ways, there is something in this city that has won over my heart. The weekend was spent reading William Dalrymple’s “City of Djinns – A year in Delhi”. The book kindled a nostalgic feeling within me, of the days I spent there, my trips to the old city, the cycle rickshaw rides and the people so very unique to this place. Heard of Tughlakabad? Or want to know about the house built by William Fraser which is never on…

  • Books-U Write I Say,  History, Mythology+Fantasy

    Book Review: Sita Warrior of Mithila By Amish Tripathi

    The much awaited second book in the Ram Chandra Series by Amish Tripathi is finally out. Titled Sita- Warrior of Mithila, the book has come after a gap of almost two years. Let me begin by warning Amish fans, not to compare this book with the earlier Meluha series. ‘Cause if you do so, you may lose out on drawing the complete essence of the book. I had done it when I read the first in the series, “The Scion of Ikshvaku”, and somehow was left disappointed. So this time around, I decided to read it with an open mind, not really have expectations of any sort. Both of the…

  • Books-U Write I Say,  History, Mythology+Fantasy

    Book Review: The Scion of Ikshvaku- Amish Tripathi

    “It is the perfect Land- Ram Rajya….But perfection has a price.” For those who loved the Meluha Trilogy, The Ram Chandra Series is yet another attempt by author Amish Tripathi. Months of advertising and many promotional drives later, the book was released on June 22, 2015. The book is a journey, way back in time, of India in 3400 BC. As Ayodhya is weakened, with a war that has taken a toll, the damage has been done. The people of the Sapt Sindhu descend into poverty. They need a leader to pull them out of the situation- of despondency and corruption. Only one man can and, he is the ostracized…

  • Books-U Write I Say,  History, Mythology+Fantasy

    Book Review- Ramayana The Game of Life- Stolen Hope

    Despite mythology not really being my genre, I braved and read “The Ramayana The Game of Life- Stolen Hope” by Shubha Vilas. And I must say I was pleasantly surprised that by the time I reached the end of the book, I was pretty pleased with myself. I not only enjoyed the experience but was also able to soak in some essential values it brought out. The Stolen Hope is a part of the Ramayana Series. The earlier parts were Rise of the Sun Prince and Shattered Dreams. I was initially apprehensive about going head on first with the third in the series. I wasn’t too sure if I would…