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Let's Go Time Travelling! | Subhadra Sen Gupta | Book Review

September 8, 2014

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SUBJECT: 3.5/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Even after spending hours after hours cramming up historical events and dates in our schooling years, how much of history do we really remember today? Out of sight is out of mind and history never did …

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Love Stories of Shimla Hills | Minakshi Chaudhry | Book Review

April 26, 2014

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CONCEPT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

RESEARCH: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

It has been more than 8 months since the first time my eyes witnessed the beauty of the majestic city of Shimla. Ever since, Shimla has never failed to be out of my mind. Since then, I h…

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My Days: A Memoir | R.K. Narayan | Book Review

March 27, 2014

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By for Pan Macmillan

CONTENT: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CANDIDNESS: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Who doesn’t know Malgudi, the small, sleepy and fictional town in South India which has long made its imprint on every Indian heart? Thanks to the widely popular Indian television s…

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The Autobiography of a Sex Worker | Nalini Jameela | Book Review

December 31, 2013

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SUBJECT: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Confusing as it sounds, the name Nalini Jameela does comes from two different origins. The fact that the author does not identify herself with one religion, speaks a lot about how she also cannot identify herself wit…

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Umrao Jan Ada | Mirza Mohammad Hadi Ruswa | Book Review

November 29, 2013

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PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

HISTORICAL VALUE: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

As I sit down writing this review, I am reminded of the old lanes, plush lavish gardens and once magnificent semi-dilapidated structures that still speak the saga of the bygone …

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My Journey | APJ Abdul Kalam | Book Review

October 4, 2013

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By  for Rupa Publications

SUBJECT: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5

“A country is not made of bricks and stones, but of its people.”

India is a superpower today, and it is because of its people; people who have dreamed of a developed India and wh…

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The Race of My Life | Milkha Singh | Book Review

October 3, 2013

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By  for Rupa Publications

SUBJECT: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

HISTORICAL VALUE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

We all have heard of the Sikh that doesn’t run, but fly. “The Flying Sikh” and “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” are phrases that almost every Indian is familiar with. Rakeysh Omprakash…

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Walking with Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past | K. Natwar Singh | Book Review

August 5, 2013

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SUBJECT: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

I have always been a fan of memoirs and I prefer the ones written by politicians. K. Natwar Singh has been a diplomat, a politician and an author. He has served as India’s ambassador to many countries, has be…

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Kasab: The Face of 26/11 | Rommel Rodrigues | Book Review

August 1, 2013

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SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Throughout modern Indian history, there have been some events which have forever left a cavity so deep, that even the mighty Arabian Sea cannot attempt to fill it in its lifetime. One such …

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Macaulay: Pioneer of India’s Modernization | Zareer Masani | Book Review

July 9, 2013

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By for Random House

SUBJECT: 5/5

RESEARCH: 5/5

RELEVANCE: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

“The software revolution in India might never have happened had it not been for Macaulay. And India might not have still been united had it not been for him”

-   Ramchandra …

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India's Biggest Cover-up | Anuj Dhar | Book Review

June 13, 2013

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SUBJECT: 5/5

RESEARCH: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

RELEVANCE: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

The nation cried on August 21st1945, when the news of Netaji SC Bose’s death reached India. Many believed in the news but a few knew there was something amiss. They would never accept this incide…

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The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag | Jim Corbett | Book Review

June 12, 2013

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SUBJECT: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

HISTORICAL VALUE: 3.5/5

"The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag" is the true account of one of Jim Corbett’s many adventures with man-eating animals. This particular one is about a Leopard who lived in Rudraprayag, a s…

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Chanakya: The Kingmaker and the Philosopher | Anu Kumar | Book Review

June 3, 2013

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By for Hachette

PLOT: 2.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Almost all of us would have heard of Chanakya. He was one of the wisest men in the history of India and he was responsible for the establishment of Chandragupta Maurya as a king and in…

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Mastani | Kusum Choppra | Book Review

May 21, 2013

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SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

“I read [history] a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, an…

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Sahibs Who Loved India | Khushwant Singh | Book Review

May 15, 2013

Sahibs Who Loved India | Khushwant Singh

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SUBJECT: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Sahibs who loved India takes you back in time, it takes you through the period when India was ruled by the British; British who hated us, who tormented us, who disgraced us in our own country. But then, …

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AYODHYA: The Dark Night | K. Jha & D. Jha | Book Review

April 27, 2013

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SUBJECT: 5/5

RESEARCH: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

If I was to decide on 5 events that has influenced Modern day India, the “Babri Masjid demolition” would certainly feature on that list. On 6th December 1992, the structure was demolished by Karsevaks and th…

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