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

Book Review: ‘The Winds of Hastinapur’ by Sharath Komarraju
Book Review / Indian Author / Indian Mythology / Mahabharata

Book Review: ‘The Winds of Hastinapur’ by Sharath Komarraju

My Rating**** ‘The Winds of Hastinapur’ by Sharath Komarraju is the first book of one more series based on the grand old epic Mahabharata. The distinguishing feature of this new series is that it concentrates on the ladies rather than the well known men of the epic. While the narrative of Draupadi has been retold … Continue reading

Book Review: ‘The Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Book Reviews / Historical Fiction / Indian Author / Indian Mythology

Book Review: ‘The Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

My Rating*** If somebody asks me to choose between two Indian epics, Mahabharata will be my clear-cut choice. There are obvious reasons for this. While Ramayana is more or less a straightforward narrative, Mahabharata is much more complex. There is so much to explore in Mahabharata like different characters, war strategies, politics, administration policies in … Continue reading