The Mammoth Book of Jacobean Whodunnits

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I picked up this book quite by chance when I found it at a sale simply because I thought it would present an interesting new angle on murder mysteries. Edited by Mike Ashley this book is a compilation of about 24 stories, some written as far back as the 1800s.

Now, I’m not particularly well-versed with the rather expansive and pretty complicated British history (their contribution to Indian history was hard enough to learn in school) so Ashley’s foreword was well appreciated. Nonetheless, there were a few names even I recognised, most prominently Sir Walter Ralegh, Pocahontas (!), and of course, the King’s Players as Shakespeare and his company were known then. Continue reading “The Mammoth Book of Jacobean Whodunnits”

The Fishing Fleet – Husband-hunting in the Raj

OK I’m going to admit this right off the bat and tell you that I am a huuuge history junkie. I’m one of those people who get misty-eyed when they look at old buildings and their heads get flooded with (imaginative, hence, probably inaccurate) images of the people who must have once lived there and […]

A Woman of Substance

Barbara Taylor Bradford’s ‘A Woman of Substance’ is easily one of the most vivid and poignant books I’ve ever read – irrespective of what happens later in the series and how it seems to endlessly drag on after a point. All this, nonetheless, takes away nothing from the story of Emma Harte, the girl from […]

Revolution 2020

Revolution 2020 is a typical Chetan Bhagat book; a light, fun and interesting read. Although it doesn’t have a storyline that will blow you off, it is gripping in its own way. As the book cover rightly reads, Revolution 2020 is the story of ‘Love, Corruption and Ambition’.  The story is set in the holy city […]

Chanakya’s chant

You don’t have to be a student of political science to have heard of Chanakya. Revered as the greatest political strategist known to Indian history, Chanakya’s political acumen was  second to none and in his second book Ashwin Sanghi brings alive the legend that was Chanakya through his modern-day avatar, Pandit Gangasagar Mishra.  The book […]