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

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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

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Book Review: Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister

Killing was a razor-edged reflex. They were Han Chinese. Assassins of the Red Army.
India is on edge as a subversive internal revolt against the Constitution, and the threat of jehadi terror of an unthinkable level, are looming on the horizon. Ringing Shiva's damaru in and out of Parliament, a sudden turn of karma catapults outsider Siddhartha Tagore - a conflicted genius, music maestro and prodigal son, with forceful views on China and Pakistan - into national prominence as the head of the Opposition Alliance and finally as the newly elected Prime Minister of a disturbed nation. But buried secrets are being resurrected and threaten to expose the past. Twisted within the double helix of menacing politics and hidden lust, Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister is a scorching account of Siddhartha Tagore's fascinating journey from Harvard to 7 Race Course Road.

Written in fast paced yet abrupt narrative style, and with interesting twists in story line the book thrills. Unputdownable once the reader is accustomed to the flow. The characters are etched out properly. Dealing with politics and dark secrets, Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister is an engaging book having a truly attractive cover design. If you like reading political thrillers, go for it.

Book Information
Author:Tabrik C
ISBN:9789350096703
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Hachette India
Year of Publication:2014
Number of Pages:Approx 320 with cover


Book Review: Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister


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

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