Reign

on Amazon Prime

I seem to be in a frenzy of watching historical drama. Hopping from one series to another I stumbled upon reign. I picked up right after finishing Tudors. Reign is primarily about Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary was crowned the Queen of Scots at the age of six after which she was in the care of ‘Catherine de Medici’. She was later promised to French prince Francis II. The series begins with Mary retuning from the... continue reading→

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Victoria and Abdul

by Shrabani Basu

Queen Victoria was the longest reigning monarch in the history of Great Britain. Some would say she was dictatorial, some call her stupid and emotional and some, simply insane. However, what she was, was a lonely old woman who found solace in the company of few. Victoria and her Indian servant were inseparable until everything ended and the Edwardian era began. Abdul came Home richer than ever but Victoria’s absence took a toll on him... continue reading→

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Metonyms of Romance

Gender roles in popular love stories

It is the turbulent times of the 800s, when the Vikings raided Wessex and Mercia. A Viking woman is enslaved by an Anglo-Saxon lording. After a series of unfortunate and misbegotten turn of events, the ‘slave girl’ falls in love with her “lord’s” hate-filled eyes. Can this be more of a drag? Yes, it took me six days to get through one page of this romance novel. Of course, it was a blatant falsehood that... continue reading→

Poison of Love

by K.R. Meera

Hello bookworms, this is Mridula. Someone once told me that short stories can mess up with your head way more than the 600 page novel you waste your time reading. The Poison of Love is one such read. K.R. Meera has touched many hearts with her stories. Translated from Malayalam, each story is known to leave a hole in your heart. Her notable works include The Hangwoman, The Gospel of the Yudas and The Poison... continue reading→

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Medici

on Netflix

It was after my recent course about churches in Goa that got me interested in church architecture. I remember gazing at the lantern dome at St Cajetan and thinking of the life during the construction of the beautiful St Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican. It was during a random browsing session that I came across the name of Medicis, along with those of Michelangelo and Brunelleschi. I remembered coming across the Medici name in Reign, another series... continue reading→

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The Last Di Sione Claims his Prize

by Maisey Yates

There is this thing about guilty pleasure reads. They are addictive! This happened to me around the time I first discovered mills and boon books. I read one and then the other and then another one. I read 18 books, one after the other. I don’t remember at what point I realised that I was addicted to them but I did. It is after 4 years that almost feels like yesterday that I picked up... continue reading→

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