Thursday, 29 March 2018

#BookReview: From Quetta To Delhi: A Partition Story by Reena Nanda



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Title: From Quetta To Delhi
Author: Reena Nanda
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Published On: 10th March 2018
Binding:Paperback
Pages: 168
ISBN:9789386643445




Ek palak me sabkuch fana ho gaya
Is khoobsurat zindagi ka ek hissa tabah ho gaya
Nayi zindagi kahan laijayegi?
Kahan hoga hamara basera?
Kya gul dikhayegi yeh zindagi?



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The lilting rhythms of Punjabi folk songs, the Siapewalli, and Naani wailing about her bad kismet caused by the chudail and dain. Partition changed the old traditions of Punjabiyat but in the pages of this book they come alive ... 
The invisible cost of the Partition of the Punjab in 1947 - besides the violence, loss of life and property - was that it destroyed the psychic equilibrium of the displaced population. This is the story of one such woman, Shakunt, who rebuilt her life but could never get over the trauma of losing her homes in Quetta and Jhang - not just the loss of a physical space but of the language, culture and ethos that it had embodied. A syncretic culture of multilingualism - Urdu, Persian and Punjabi - and of multiple identities of caste, mohalla and religion.
But then there was the disaster of the Quetta Earthquake of l935, and of Partition, which tore the family apart because her father chose to remain in Quetta as a member of the Pakistan Civil Service.
Shakunt coped with her mental distress by escaping into the past, reliving the memories of her life in Quetta and Jhang. Hers was a feminine recall of the perhaps insignificant yet poignant details of daily lives which hinged on the drama of the trivial - on food, rituals and neighbourhood bonding. Of an agnostic father, a mother who was a devotee of Guru Nanak, of pilgrimages to Sufi shrines. This is Shakunt's story as recorded by her daughter.

COVER PAGE 

The cover page of the book is very beautiful having images of the Balochistan's desert and Delhi's Jama Masjid to show the Partition of India and Pakistan. It is in yellow mustard colour and the title and author name written with black ink in bold letters. It is a very attractive cover page and I liked it a lot.

REVIEW

From Quetta To Delhi: A Partition story by Reena Nanda is an engaging book about her family during the time of India Pakistan Partition. This book is one of the best books I have read and it will always remain in the list of my favourites. I read this partition story with my grandparents, so I discussed a lot with them and a lot of their stories came up.

The book is written in a simple language and in a fluent manner revolving around Reena Nanda's family and a special focus is on her mother, Shakunt. She has talked about life before partition when there was no Pakistan and what happened after partition. The author has written the book beautifully and has talked about not just the violence and the loss of life and property but she went beyond that,the trauma that people faced just because of it.

The author took me back to that time that I was able to visualize the events very well and she has written each and every event in a detailed manner. The book is very gripping and moves at its own pace. I read the book quite slowly because I got so involved that I reread few pages and it was really hard for me to put it down. I really loved how the author has talked about the various Punjabi traditions, Punjabi language, trust of Punjabis on Guru Nanak Devji and especially,  the friendship between the Hindus and Muslims that a Pathan stood up for his Punjabi Hindu friend to save him.A very interesting fact about the book is that author has put various couplets of Punjabi songs and poems and I loved them.

The book is emotional and I cried at some points also, but those emotions are so well written and heart-touching, the punjabi language that her Maanji used when she wailed for Quetta was very disheartening. The author clearly talked about the political conditions at that time also which made me think a lot whether the partition was a right decision or not. I was very well able to relate with her family because my grandparents kept on telling me  about their own experiences.

 Overall, I really cherished this book a lot filled with so many emotions. It is a very fine book and I highly recommend this book to everyone if you really want to read a Partition story.


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Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Quetta-Delhi-Partition-Story/dp/9386643820




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Reena Nanda was one of the founding members of the Conservation Society Delhi and conducted heritage walks in Mehrauli, Nizamuddin and Red Fort in the 1980s and 90s about which she subsequently wrote in several issues of Indian Express. Her interest in art and architecture led her to travel all over India visinting various archaelogicalsites. Her other passion is Indian ClassicalMusic. Her first bookwas a biography of Kamaladevi Chattopadhya published by Oxford University Press.





* I received a copy of the book from the publisher (Bloomsbury India) in exchange of a review. Thank You.




Friday, 23 March 2018

#BookReview: The Burning Queen Rani Padmavati by Anuja Chandramouli





Title: The Burning Queen Rani Padmavati
Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Publisher: Juggernaut
Published on: 15th November 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9386228521


"Awakened by the cacophony of the wretched, the gods gathered to watch the passing of one who had been the brightest souls to have adorned Mother Earth."




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Padmavati is the most beautiful uqueen Chittor has ever had. Everyone who sees her is enthralled by her grace and goodness. When the greedy gaze of the Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khalji, falls upon Chittor and its queen, Padmavati's flawless beauty turns against her, because it inspires both love and hate in equal measure.
Beset by the threat of an invasion and scheming political rivals who are envious of her immense popularity, Rani Padmavati must rise to the demands of war and fight for everything she believes in. This is the story of a remarkable woman who lived gently, loved passionately, and embraced her destiny with unmatched courage.



COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book is very beautiful having a picture of Rani Padmavati. It is in bright red colour and the title of the book is written in golden colour. The cover page is very attractive and eye catchy. I loved it.



REVIEW

The Burning Queen Rani Padmavati by Anuja Chandramouli is a tale of passion, bravery and betrayal. A historical book which showcases who Rani Padmavati was. I've heard a lot about Rani Padmavati but never got a chance to read in detail about her but this book about her took me to a ride exploring her life as a princess and then as a queen.

The Burning Queen Rani Padmavati is an intriguing read written in simple and a fluent manner which showcases the beautiful relation between Rawal Ratan Singh and Rani Padmavati that I was not able to put it down. The plotline is very interesting and tight with a blend of different elements such as love, hate, jelousy, betrayal and war. The way it is beautifully penned down in a crisp manner made it a very enjoyable read and the scenes between Rani Padmavati and Rawal Ratan Singh are very well told and are very serene.

The book is fast paced which can be easily finished in few hours. It is set in different historical regions such as Jalore, Siwana, Gujarat, Chittor and Ranthambore and the way the author vividly described the events is marvelous. I really liked the description of the marriage of Rawal Ratan Singh and Rani Padmavati and all the events can be well visualised as if watching a movie. There are lot of characters which are well described and the originality of each character is maintained which is amazing. Rani Padmavati's character is so strong that she stood for her own self respect and rights which is a true example of women empowerment.

The emotions in the book are marvelously penned and I was able to empathize also especially Rani Padmavati's emotions when she was missing her maternal home as she got married in Jalore.
Overall, a beautiful and a satisfying read focusing on Rani Padmavati. I loved this book a lot and Rani Padmavati has left a big impact on me to be strong and standing up for own rights. An amazing historical fiction and I would highly recommend this to all the historical fiction lovers.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anuja Chandramouli


Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine are her other bestsellers. Currently all three books are being translated into Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi and Bengali, a real achievement for one so young. Her epic fantasies called Yama’s Lieutenant and its sequel has received an overwhelming response.
Her newest books are on Kartikeya, Padmavati and Prithviraj Chauhan. 
An accomplished orator, she regularly conducts workshops on Creative Writing, Story Telling and Mythology in schools, colleges and various other platforms. Her motivational speeches have also been well received. According to Chandramouli, her work with youngsters in the rural belt helping them improve their Spoken English and Writing skills has been wonderfully satisfying and enriching. 
This happily married, mother of two little girls, lives in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She is a student of classical dance and Yoga. 
Email: anujamouli@gmail.com
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/authoranujac






* I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange of a review.



Tuesday, 20 March 2018

#BookReview: When the Chief Fell In Love by Tuhin A. Sinha

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Title: When The Chief Fell InLove
Author: Tuhin A. Sinha
Publisher: Fingerprint Publishing
Published on: February 15th 2018
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 9789386538970






Kashmiriyat...Jamhooriyat...Insaniyat...
HINDUSTANIYAT



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Vihaan Shastri, India’s young and dynamic Defence Minister, comes under attack when 20 soldiers are killed during a terrorist strike at an army camp in Kashmir. 
With the whole country seething with rage and thirsting for revenge, and the government depending on him to resolve the crisis, Vihaan finds himself battling a strange distraction: Zaira Bhat, the only woman he has truly loved, is back in his life, after 12 long years. In a chequered relationship which began with a love affair in 1990, and which had the two love and lose each other twice at different stages of life, Vihaan and Zaira now find themselves in an extraordinary situation. 
While Vihaan is the defence minister of the country, Zaira is the daughter of Kashmir’s leading, and most wanted, pro-Pakistan separatist leader, Bilal Mohammad Bhat. Is Vihaan capable of pulling off a double coup? Can he win back the love of his life and also save an on-the edge Kashmir? Come, be a part of Vihaan and Zaira’s crazy journey as they make their way through learning what it is to love someone eternally . . .


COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book is very beautiful in white and red colours having a beautiful picture of snow covered Kashmir Valley and a shady image of a girl and a boy holding hands. The cover page is very apt with the story and I liked it a lot.


REVIEW

When the Chief Who Fell In Love is a political romance fiction revolving around Vihaan Shastri, India's youngest defence minister and Zaira Bhat,daughter of Kashmir's leading and most wanted separatist leader. In the starting  book shows the college life of the two lovers, Zaira and Vihaan who get separated but doesn't stop loving each other.
The plot line is very intriguing and is tight. It is written from different point of views giving the clear picture of each character and the book is divided into five parts. The characters are very well described and are realistic and I loved Vihaan's character, how determined he is to do something for India. The story is full of surprises and each chapter holds a new surprise which made me stick to the book. The book moves at its own pace, not too fast nor slow and can be easily finished in a day. 
The book is written in a simple language. It highlights various problems that are faced by the people of Kashmir. The author has also touched upon various aspects of politics and also highlighted the surgical strike. He also mentioned about the lives of people of Kashmir, how much  they are suffering.The bookis set in different parts of the world like Delhi, Kashmir etc.
The emotions are beautifully penned down and I was able to empathize with the characters and this book made me cry a bit. A lot of poems are also written in the book which are beautiful and heart touching and I really loved them.
Overall, an engaging book with a tight plot having different elements of drama, love ,politics and suspense. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. 


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


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Tuhin A. Sinha is a best-selling author and a politician. He studied in Loyola School, Jamshedpur, and Hindu College, Delhi, before doing his Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Communications Management (PGDACM) from the National Institute of Advertising, (NIA), New Delhi. Tuhin is acknowledged as one of the most prolific Indian writers with a maverick knack of experimenting with new genres. While his first book, That Thing Called Love (2006) was an offbeat romance, The Captain (2008) was a thriller that explored the underbelly of modern cricket. Of Love And Politics (2010) was a political thriller. His fourth and fifth books, The Edge Of Desire (2012) and its sequel, The Edge of Power (2013), can be called socio-political thrillers. Daddy (2014) was Tuhin’s sixth book and his first non-fiction narrative. It is India’s first parenting book that has been written from a father’s perspective and celebrates new-age fatherhood. Tuhin’s next book, Let The Reason Be Love (2015) was, once again, an offbeat romance. Other than these, Tuhin has also co-authored the book India Aspires with Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri. Nitin Gadkari. He has also been a screenwriter for several popular television shows, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, being one of them, which he co-wrote in 2011-12. At present, Tuhin is involved as a special initiatives advisor to Shri Nitin Gadkari for his ministries, with a special focus on designing newer communication strategies for road safety and Namami Gange. He is also a prominent face on prime time debates on national television as a BJP representative.








 *I received a free copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange of an honest and an unbiased review.
















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