The Tree Bears Witness: Another Birbal Mystery
Book Review / Historical Fiction / Indian Author

The Tree Bears Witness: Another Birbal Mystery

The Tree Bears Witness by Sharath Komarraju is the second installment of ‘A Birbal Mystery’ series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first installment ‘The Crows of Agra’ and was eagerly waiting for this second book. So, was this book worth waiting? Did I like this book? The answer is yes. It is an excellent detective … Continue reading

Why I loved Abhaya (And You Should, Too!)
Book Review / Historical Fiction / Indian Author

Why I loved Abhaya (And You Should, Too!)

An interesting literary phenomenon in India today is the rise of historical fiction. Most of these books try to retell our myths, legends, folklore, history and culture in an innovative and interesting manner. The commercial success of these books suggests that such books appeal readers’ need for an adventure (challenging the odds, taking on an … Continue reading

Book Review: ‘The Counterstroke’ by Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran
Book Review / Historical Fiction / Indian Author

Book Review: ‘The Counterstroke’ by Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran

Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres as I am a student of history and archaeology myself. While the subject of history may appear mind-numbing and uninteresting to some readers, fiction based on history gives you a chance to envision the story behind the facts. If written cleverly and in an appealing manner, these … Continue reading

Book Review: “The Prince of Patilputra” by Shreyas Bhave
Book Review / Historical Fiction / Indian Author

Book Review: “The Prince of Patilputra” by Shreyas Bhave

Shreyas Bhave’s first book The Prince of Patliputra (Asoka Trilogy #1) offers an action-packed story-line to the lovers of historical fiction. Taking a well-known personality from Indian history and weaving a gripping tale on his life is not an easy task. The task becomes more difficult when the personality the author is choosing is a … Continue reading

The Untold Story of Arjun (Book Review – ‘Arjun: Without A Doubt’ by Dr. Sweety Shinde)
Book Review / Historical Fiction / Indian Author / Indian Mythology / Mahabharata

The Untold Story of Arjun (Book Review – ‘Arjun: Without A Doubt’ by Dr. Sweety Shinde)

Have a look into any Indian bookstore and you will find a number of books based on Indian mythology. It seems that everyone is writing a book about Ramayana and Mahabharata. However, you cannot blame the authors of these books. Indian mythology is so rich and endless that one cannot stop himself/herself to turn these … Continue reading

Untold Story of Dur(Su)yodhana
Book Review / Historical Fiction / Indian Author / Indian Mythology / Mahabharata

Untold Story of Dur(Su)yodhana

My Rating** ‘While there is no harm in viewing Indian epics with different glasses, such glasses need to be washed or cleansed correctly.’ After the thumping success of ‘Asura: Tale of the Vanquished’ in 2012, Anand Neelakantan came out with a new book titled ‘Ajaya: Roll of the Dice’ in 2013. As was the case … Continue reading