Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Review: Pearl by the River by Sudipta Mitra

Introduction
  • ISBN: 978-81-291-4488-1
  • Genre: Fiction /History
  • Publishers: Rupa
  • Price: Rs.299/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
‘[The author] has excelled in recreating in the reader’s mind the enormity of the tragedy a man suffered and how he chose to sculptor his choked passion into a concrete beauty…’

—Dr Meerza Kaukab, great-grandson of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah.The last king of Audh, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow was exiled by the British to Metiabruz in Bengal, on the fringes of Calcutta. Despite being robbed of his rightful throne, the Nawab did not lose hope; instead, he set about establishing a new mini-kingdom on the banks of the River Hoogly. Little by little he brought in the Laknawi way of life to this area of Bengal, so much so that Metiabruz came to be called ‘Chota Lucknow’. Extensively researched and evocatively written, this book looks at a forgotten king and how he turned his exile into a victory of sorts.

Behind the Book
Source: Amazon.in

Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: Small towns, Big stories by Ruskin Bond

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-93-82277-54-5
  • Genre: Fiction / Anthology
  • Publishers: Aleph 
  • Price: Rs.399/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Small Towns, Big Stories showcases twenty-one stories of small-town life by the country’s greatest living chronicler of the Indian heartland.

Ruskin Bond has been writing evocative stories about the dusty towns and settlements in the hinterland for decades but this is the first time his finest stories on the theme have been brought together in a single volume. Timeless classics like ‘Time Stops at Shamli’, ‘Bus Stop, Pipalnagar’, and ‘The Night Train at Deoli’ rub shoulders with brilliant new stories that have never been published before like ‘Strychnine in the Cognac’, ‘The Horseshoe’ and ‘When the Clock Strikes Thirteen’. Vibrant, poignant, beautiful and tragic, these stories show a master storyteller at the height of his powers.

Behind the Book

Source: Goodreads.com