Veena Choudhary

An avid reader and history fanatic.

Mumbai, MH 261 posts

Chokher Bali

by Rabindranath Tagore, translated from Bengali by Radha Chakravarty

Rabindranath Tagore is probably the most celebrated Indian author of all times. I have read a couple of essays and short stories by the author but never a full length novel, before Chokher Bali, that is. In Chokher Bali I found everything the author is respected for and feel that the translation has done complete justice to his work. This books forms a part of my extended #DiscoveringIndiaReadathon. This book is both modern in its... continue reading→

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Daughters of the Sun

by Ira Mukhoty

History is coming out to be my favorite genre and it keeps going better book by book. I am starting to get over the colonial history and slowing going back to the Mughal Empire. I started with The Mulberry Courtesan which turned out to be a disappointment but here I am, talking about the first book that did justice to the Mughal Empire. Ira Mukhoty writes history focusing on the women characters. These characters are... continue reading→

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The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins

I have been completely off the hook when it comes to crime thrillers. There was a time when I read Sidney sheldon back to back but that seems like ages now. So when Gazala recommended me to read a thriller to get over the reading slump I picked up my copy of ‘The Girl on the Train’ which I picked up from a second hand book store. I liked the book, honestly. And maybe I... continue reading→

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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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