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A Time to Burnish | Radhika Nathan | Book Review

December 25, 2016

A Time to Burnish | Radhika Nathan | Book ReviewBy KC

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Historical thrillers have a peculiar charm to them. Not only do they give you a historical perspective and information about the past, but there is also a certain thrill in the anticipation…

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Songs of Stone | Sujata S. Sabnis | Book Review

November 12, 2016

By Sankalpita Songs of Stone | Sujata S. Sabnis | Book Review

PLOT: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Close your eyes and think about these two words – monument and eternal love. If you are somebody from India (though I believe it will be true for most people around the world …

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Agniputr | Vadhan | Book Review

October 18, 2016

Agniputr | Vadhan | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

I always feel happy when once-debut authors come out with their second book and surpass all the expectations which one may have from their book. The book in question is Agnipu…

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China Dolls | Lisa See | Book Review

August 15, 2015

China Dolls | Lisa See | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Lisa See is an American writer and novelist who has to her credit a number of bestsellers including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, Dragon B…

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Queen of Ice | Devika Rangachari | Book Review

April 23, 2015

Queen of Ice |  Devika Rangachari | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Queen of Ice is a book based on the real story of a 10th century Kashmiri Queen. She finds mention in the famous “Rajatarangini” written by Kalhana.  “Didda” as she was known to o…

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The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 3: KURUKSHETRA | Krishna Udayasankar | Book Review

January 20, 2015

the aryavarta chronicles krisna udayasankar book review

By KC

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

India is a country filled with storytellers and mythological tales that are at once fascinating and revealing. The people in mythology are of such strong characters that one is but left to wonder ho…

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The Lincoln Myth | Steve Berry | Book Review

January 3, 2015

The Lincoln Myth | Steve Berry | Book Review

By KC

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Historical fiction is a lot of fun to read, especially when it is from authors who do their research and try to keep the historical facts as straight as they can. When they do play ha…

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Past Encounters | Davina Blake | Book Review

November 28, 2014

Past Encounters | Davina Blake | Book Review

By Sankalpita for NetGalley

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

I haven’t read much books on the holocaust, so every now and then when I come across one, I get really excited to read it. Even though I haven’t lived the history myself, I …

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The Vines | Christopher Rice | Book Review

November 28, 2014

The Vines | Christopher Rice | Book Review

By Sankalpita for NetGalley

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITNG STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

The southern plantation estates have always held and retained a charm of the olden ways. If one can manage to look past its dirty past, there is indeed an aura to these estates. …

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Far Beyond the Dead End | Saikat Baksi | Book Review

June 5, 2014

far beyond the dead end saikat baksi book review

By for Saikat Baksi

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

As Indians, we are all proud of the fact that our motherland has been the home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations; the Indus Valley civilization. The fact that,…

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The Steradian Trail | M.N. Krish | Book Review

May 27, 2014

the steradian trail mn krish book review

By for Westland

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

“If P = NP, then the world would be a profoundly different place than we usually assume it to be… Everyone who could appreciate a symphony would be Mozart; everyone who could follow …

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The Emperor's Riddles | Satyarth Nayak | Book Review

May 12, 2014

The Emperor

By for Satyarth Nayak

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discoveries could have been made."

-      Albert Einstein

The contributi…

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Gods, Kings & Slaves: The Siege of Madurai | R. Venketesh | Book Review

February 22, 2014

gods kings and slaves book review

By  for Hachette

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

Off late, there have been an explosion of books based on romance, be it the college variety or the grown up version. But at the same time, historical fiction has been making its presenc…

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The Treasure of Kafur | Aroon Raman | Book Review

February 1, 2014

the treasure of kafur aroon raman book review

By  for Pan Macmillan

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Last year Ravi had reviewed Aroon Raman’s debut book – The Shadow Throne. The book and the cover seemed very interesting to me and I had immediately made a mental not…

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Ajaya (Book #1): Roll of the Dice | Anand Neelakantan | Book Review

January 17, 2014

ajaya roll of the dice anand neelakantan book review

By  for Leadstart Corp

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Mahabharata is the largest epic ever written and so, it has always been the preferred choice of academicians, authors, poets, seers and sages. Countless books have been writ…

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Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen | Kavita Kane | Book Review

January 10, 2014

karnas wife kavita kane book review

By   for Rupa Publications

PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Women have, to a greater extent, been ignored in Indian mythologies. Barring a few exceptions, women find scant mentions in both Ramayana and Mahabharata. For instance – we ve…

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The Divine and The Destiny | Meenakshi Raina | Book Review

December 20, 2013

the divine and the destiny meenakshi raina book review

By  for Leadstart

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Writing a story is at the same time, both easy and difficult. Contrary to popular belief, it is not as hard as many people make it out to be. But at the same time, it is not as if anyo…

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Love & Death in the Middle Kingdom | Nalini Rajan | Book Review

November 19, 2013

love and death in the middle kingdom nalini rajan book review

By  for Nalini Rajan

PLOT: 2.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5

I live around 10 km away from Hampi, the seat of the Vijaynagara Empire. It is my regular haunting place and I’ve been there a trillion times. I am aware of its history and am…

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The Aryavarta Chronicles #2: Kaurava | Krishna Udayasankar | Book Review

November 15, 2013

kaurava krishna udayasankar book review

By  for Hachette India

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

When I finished reading “Govinda”, book 1 of The Aryavarta Chronicles, I couldn’t wait to begin the 2nd book! The re-telling of the Mahabharata was excellently done by Ms. K…

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The Aryavarta Chronicles #1: Govinda | Krishna Udayasankar | Book Review

November 15, 2013

govinda krishna udayasankar book review

By  for Hachette India

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

Every culture is blessed with some great mythological stories. Perhaps the most popular of them all is Greek mythology. There have been many writers who have tried to re-tell the …

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