Book Review: Empire of the Moghul - Raiders from the North

Each night when, exhausted from long hours in the saddle, they made camp, Babur found it hard to sleep.
The first book in the gripping and brilliant Empire of the Moghul series; chronicling the rise and fall of the Moghul rulers of India, beginning with Babur who swept in from Central Asia to found one of the most powerful dynasties in history.

1494, and the new ruler of Ferghana, twelve year old Babur, faces a seemingly impossible challenge. Babur is determined to equal his great ancestor, Tamburlaine, whose conquests stretched from Delhi to the Mediterranean, from wealthy Persia to the wild Volga. But he is dangerously young to inherit a crown and treasonous plots, tribal rivalries, rampaging armies and ruthlessly ambitious enemies will threaten his destiny, his kingdom, even his survival.

In this first book of the Empire of the Moghul series, the author sets the expectation from the series. The story is centered on Babur - the founder of the Moghul dynasty. Solid and fully etched out characters from the pages of history, fascinating and gripping narrative style that keeps the reader glued to the book, brilliant portrayal of setting and action characterizes this book. If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is one of the definite picks.

 Book Information
Author:Alex Rutherford
ISBN:9780755356546
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Headline Review
Date of Publication:2009
Number of Pages:Approx 500 with cover


Book Review: Empire of the Moghul - Raiders from the North

Raiders from the North is a page turner. 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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Book Review: Lethal Spice

But the dhaba owner was a lazy, worthless lout, lacking in both culinary skill and business acumen.
It is October in Shimla. The air is crisp, the mist is rising and the stakes are sky-high as the finalists of India's No. 1 reality cooking show, Hot Chef, are pitted against each other in a live shoot at the historic Gaiety Theatre. The spices are ground, the fires are lit, the knives have been sharpened...Then things start to go horribly wrong. As she picks her way through a maze of testimonies and hidden motives, Shimla's Superintendent of Police, Niki Marwah, is more determined than ever to get to the bottom of a perplexing mystery - a mystery that this time around is dangerously close to her heart.

With essence of food running as the backbone of this story, Lethal Spice is a murder mystery solved by the Superintendent of Police, the investigator of the case. The characters are etched out full and round. The plot is gripping and entertaining. With ingredients that provide enough opportunities for the readers to get involved in the mind game this book is a good read and definitely readable.

Book Information
Author:Swati Kaushal
ISBN:9789350097694
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Hachette India
Year of Publication:2014
Number of Pages:Approx 330 with cover


Book Review: Lethal Spice

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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Book Review: The Lowland

In the room where her grandmother slept Bela ate her lunch. 
Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement: he will risk all for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother's political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America. But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family's home, he comes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind - including those seared in the heart of his brother's wife.

In this strikingly masterful novel, the author weaves a tale of two places and one tormented family in an intimate narrative style. The characters are fully shaped, with whom readers can very easily sympathize. An easy and smooth tale of fate and will, exile and return. Unlike Jhumpa Lahiri's other fictions that I have read, which explores emotional challenges of Indian immigrants, The Lowland opens in 1950's Calcutta. Ambitious and full of thoughtful imagery, the novel is appealing and deserves to be picked up.

Book Information
Author:Jhumpa Lahiri
ISBN:9788184005752
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Random House India
Year of Publication:2013
Number of Pages:Approx 420 with cover


Book Review: The Lowland

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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