Monday, October 25, 2004

Historical fiction

These are some of the books that I have read. Instead of reviewing the books myself, I give links to reviews or to the publisher's sites.

Kiran Nagarkar wrote a book called Cuckold. The book is set in 16th century Mewar, Rajasthan. Meera Bai's unrelenting vow to remain celibate in her marriage as she considered only Lord Krishna as her lover/husband, is the core part of the book. The 'Cuckold' refers to the actual husband of Meera Bai. However, the book is also about the power struggle within the Mewar family and with the muslim rulers of Delhi. Here is a link to a Review of it

A book originally in Gujarati but translated into English called Master of Gujarat by K.K.Munshi. I quite liked this book. I purchased it without knowing that it is a classic in Gujarati. My friend later told me of this fact. The original one is called 'Gujarat no nath' (or something like that). Publisher's Link

Sunil Gangopadhaya wrote two books that are set in 19th century Calcutta. The first book starts after the first war of independence and is woven around people like Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Micheal Madhusudan Dutt, etc. The second one has people from Rabindra Nath Tagore's family, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Vivekananda, etc. The first one is called Those Days and second one is called First Light. I read the book First Light and quite liked it. These two books capture the golden age of Calcutta. Publisher's Link

Chikkaveera Rajendra is a book written by Masti Venkatesha Iyengar. This book is set in early 19th century Kodagu (Coorg). Rajendra was the last king whose power was taken over by the British in 1834. Review

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