Book Review: The Last King In India

Although it is gratifying to note the independence of the judiciary, the problem of the king's creditors remained.
The Last King in India is the story of an extraordinary man whose memory still divides opinion sharply today. Somewhere between the two extreme polarized opinions lies a complex character, a man who married over 350 women, who directed theatrical events lasting a month and who built a fairy tale palace in Lucknow. Wajid Ai Shah was written out of the history books after his kingdom was annexed to the Empire in 1856. Some even thought he had been killed during the uprising the following year. But he lived on in Calcutta where he spent the last years of his life trying to recreate his lost paradise.

This book is a powerful retracing of the story of his life based on original documents from Indian and British archives and meetings with his descendants. While most well researched biographies tend towards the more dense and scholarly format, this book did surpass the limitation and is highly readable biography of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. Written in a strong and vivid narrative style, this is a fascinating and insightful portrait of the character and deserves to be present in the library of every individual who is interested in the life of the Nawab.

Book Information
Author:Rosie Llewellyn-Jones
ISBN:9788184005493
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:Random House India
Year of Publication:2014
Number of Pages:Approx 350 with cover


Book Review: The Last King In India

Insightful and absolutely readable. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.

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Book Review: In Custody

But the poet's attention had already wandered - there were so many others to attract it, more loud and brazen than Deven could be even in his most heated dreams.
Deven, a Hindi lecturer in small-town Mirpore, lives a humdrum existence. A chance to interview Nur - India's greatest living Urdu poet - offers him an escape from his dreary life. But the Nur he meets is an enfeebled man, surrounded by clashing wives and preying sycophants. Deven's decision to be the custodian of Nur's verse gives birth to an unusual alliance between the two.

In Custody is a thought-provoking tale that laments the corrosion of culture and tradition in the face of modernity. With a startling array of characters Anita Desai beautifully weaves emotions and presents a wonderful portrayal of human lives and the complexity of relationships. The reader is glued to the narrative from the very beginning of this powerful tale. Recommended for readers looking for literary fiction with the definite Indian flavour in writing.

 Book Information
Author:Anita Desai
ISBN:978184000139
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Random House India
Year of Publication:2007, 2013
Number of Pages:Approx 240 with cover


Book Review: In Custody

Good Read. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.


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Book Review: A History of The Sikhs - Volume II

The rise and expansion of the Arya Samaj in the Punjab had a decisive bearing on the course of Hindu-Sikh relations and on the pattern of anti-British political movements in the province.
A History of the Sikhs provides a lucid and comprehensive account of the Sikhs from the fifteenth century to the present. The current volume (Volume II) of this two volume collection covers the diverse aspects of Sikh identity and politics in colonial and recent times. It begins with the sad note following death and funeral of Ranjit Singh. The power struggle, repeated mutinies, the Anglo-Sikh works, traitors and the braves from history, and history itself provides the backbone of this book. The book follows the course of history and change in politics as the British took over the kingdom. World Wars, Partition and further political developments are covered in details.

A History of the Sikhs (Volume II) is vivid, graphical and interesting. It is an excellent read if you are interested in the subject. The author maintains a distance and presents the historical facts with supplements of information that were previously unknown. However, this book should not be considered as a piece of historical fiction built upon fact and drama. A History of The Sikhs is an interesting piece of non fiction reading on the subject.

Book Information
Author:Khushwant Singh
ISBN:9780195673098
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Date of Publication:1999
Number of Pages:Approx 550 with cover


Book Review: A History of The Sikhs - Volume II

A Collector's edition. I had received the copy from MySmartPrice. Thank you MySmartPrice for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at flipkart  in case you live in India.
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