Veena Choudhary

An avid reader and history fanatic.

Mumbai, MH 258 posts

The Sixth Wife

by Suzzanah Dunn

I began my journey of reading history with Tudors. ‘The Tudor Wife’ by Emily Purdy is where I began. From then on, my fascination with Tudor historical fiction only grew, for better or for worse. I seem to get back on the wagon and I just realised why I quit reading the genre in the first place. Unfortunately, I have a collection of all possible Tudor historical fiction. Follow Cover page I absolutely loved the... continue reading→

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Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle

Saifuddin Soz

I went to Kashmir last year and fell in love with it! Who wouldn’t. I did my preparation though. I read as many books on Kashmir as I could manage. But I was still spellbound when I visited it. This book has come around approximately a year after my trip and it has put a lot of things in perspective. There is a lot of background to what I already knew and some new revelations... continue reading→

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DNF: The Mulberry Courtesan

by Sikeena Karmali

I did not want to DNF it all it! In fact I was excited to read A historical fiction from the court of Bahadur Shah Zafar. I tried really hard to like the book but I could not make it beyond 79 pages. The book begins with 19 years old Laale stuck in Hindu Kush with her rapist whom she just had killed. The first chapter establishes her present condition and second goes back to... continue reading→

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The Palace Of Illusions

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

It is funny now that I go back to my first encounter with the Book. I had just finished my internship in Auroville. I was exhilarated with the experience and I wanted to read more about architecture. While I was looking for books to read on architecture I came across ‘The Palace Of Illusions’. I was completely in awe with the cover until I realised this wasn’t anything on building science but a retelling Of... continue reading→

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by Gulzar

This arrogant, conceited history strides ahead with her head in the clouds and never looks down. She does not realise how she crushes millions of people beneath her feet. The common people. She doesn’t understand that one may cut a mountain in two, but people? It’s a hard task, Bhai, to cut one people into two. They bleed. It was during my book shopping trip with Pooja at Kitab Khaana that I finally picked up... continue reading→

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by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

I seem to be on a roll! After Matilda I immediately picked up The BFG. I do not think I can ever get over Roald Dahl! The BFG is very different from Matilda but similar. It is again a story of a little girl who is the main protagonist. But here in this book we get to meet many other people such as several bone crunching, flesh eating, scary giants, one really friendly giant and... continue reading→

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by Scot Westerfeld

It has been some crazy couple of weeks at work. So much so that I have been craving a break from monotony. Uglies was just that for me. I was looking for an easy read which I did not really need to put efforts to comprehend. Uglies has just the right amount of dystopia and drama that you need to get your focus off work. Follow Cover page The cover page works but it is... continue reading→

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Footprints on Zero Line

by Gulzar

Partition was a rare occurrence where the humanity failed collectively. It still does when there are wars going on to fill a certain pockets and where kids are swept off to the shore because they are not given a safe shelter. We learn about such occurrences every single day and it makes you feel completely helpless. In this book, Gulzar Sahab has tried to revisit his place of birth in Pakistan and touch the Dhaiyya.... continue reading→

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The Goat Thief

by Perumal Murugan, translated from Tamil by N. Kalyan Raman

Short stories have always been one of my most favoured genre. What a novel does in 15 pages a short story does in 2. And, Perumal Murugan has a skill that surpasses all records. The Goat Thief was on my radar since quite some time but when I am finally done with it I want more! I love it how Murugan describes the art of writing- Whenever I think of writing a short story, I... continue reading→

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by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

I still remember the time when I had just finished reading Fantastic Mr. Fox and went on a Roald Dahl purchasing spree. I bought three more books on my kindle the very same day! But somehow I seemed to have forgotten about my purchases and went on with my life. I recently discovered that I had a copy of Matilda which I wanted to read before I watched the movie. Matilda is a character that... continue reading→

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