38 Bahadurabad

by Zeeba Sadiq

Well, what do I say! In a an awfully funny and equally ridiculous instance in my life, I decided to pick up this book. Hear me out. One day, not so long ago, I was going through the archive list on my blog and realised that a number of letters towards the end had no books listed below them. It felt unjustified and I immediately decided that I need to start filling these up. I... continue reading→

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Midnight’s Children

on BBC Radio

Midnight’s Children remains a forever cherished novel to me. It was about 6 years back when a friend’s father insisted that both of us read it. I borrowed it from him and got hooked to it immediately. Salman Rushdie was my ascent to magical realism, not that I was familiar with the genre at the time. He just sounded as a lunatic who somehow turned the events of his protagonist’s life to run parallel with... continue reading→

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Ashoka, Lion of Maurya

by Ashok K. Banker

Ashok K. Banker is one of the pioneers that made mythological fiction popular amongst the young readers in India. This Ramayana and Mahabharata series is read and adored by plenty. Now that Ashok K. Banker has delved into historical fiction and what better subject to write about than the lion of Maurya itself? Ashoka is a historical figure about whom there’s more unknown than known. It was a pleasure to hold the book on a historical... continue reading→

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The Tudors

on Netflix

My journey to history and historical fiction began with the Tudor dynasty. Completely fascinated with the King Henry VIII, I picked up my first book on the dynasty, The Tudor Wife by Emily Purdy. Since then I have read quite a lot about the dynasty. I have not found my favourite book yet which I could recommend to someone but my search is still on. Talking about films I had a chance to watch The Other... continue reading→

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Behold, I shine: Narratvies of Kashmir’s Women and Children

by Freny Manecksha

This is my first read from the land known simultaneously as the heaven on earth and the battleground of humanity. This is one of the books that I had intended to read before I visit the place myself. I did get to understand the place but there is nothing in it that I did not know before. Apart from my travel reading aspirations, this book has not fulfilled much. Let me tell you why in... continue reading→

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The Black Prince: Expectations vs Reality

Maharaja Duleep Singh was just a boy when his kingship and kingdom was ‘stolen’ away from him. His mother was exiled and he was adopted by an English couple, loyal to the crown. The boy grew up embracing Christian faith and loving the people who took away everything from him. This was the tragedy of the time. Those who raise you as your own hurt you the most. I had read mentions of Raja Ranjit... continue reading→

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