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Tales and Legends from India | Ruskin Bond | Book Review

February 22, 2017

Tales and Legends from India | Ruskin Bond | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

CONCEPT: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

“India is more than a land, it is an atmosphere” says the famous author Ruskin Bond who, incidentally is also the author of this book. In his introduction of this book, he mentions that this …

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Ariel Bradley | Lynda Durant | Book Review

October 2, 2016

Ariel Bradley | Lynda Durant | Book Review

By Sankalpita

AGE: 6-9 years

Ariel Bradley, A Spy for General Washington does a very good job of teaching a little bit of history to the kids while inculcating some good reading habits in them. The book also inspires the children to feel patriotic and serve their motherland (in this case T…

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Dangerous Glitter | Pazhayedathu Paramban | Book Review

October 21, 2015

Dangerous Glitter | Pazhayedathu Paramban | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

There are certain books which repulse you, certain books which stun you, certain books which make you fall in love with them and then there are certain books which leave y…

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Perpetual City: A Short Biography of Delhi | Malvika Singh | Book Review

May 20, 2015

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 2/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

One of the most prestigious publication houses of India, the Aleph Book Company have started a series of short biographies which cover the major cities of India. Madras, Bombay, Calcutta, Patna and…

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Indians At Herod's Gate: A Jerusalem Tale | Navtej Sarna | Book Review

January 18, 2015

Indians At Herod

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

HISTORICAL RELEVANCE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Indians at Herod’s Gate: A Jerusalem Tale is the chef-d’oeuvre work from the Indian author-columnist Navtej Sarna who currently also holds the esteemed office of the Indian …

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

September 8, 2014

lets go time travelling subhadra sen gupta book review

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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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A Timeline History of the Thirteen Colonies | Mary K Pratt | Book Review

July 23, 2014

a timeline history of the thirteen colonies mary k pratt book review

By for Lerner Publishing Group

SUBJECT: 3/5

PRESENTATION: 4.5/5

CLARITY: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

A timeline history of the thirteen colonies is a book which talks about the early US history, specifically the part about the original thirteen colonies and how they came to be …

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Love Stories of Shimla Hills | Minakshi Chaudhry | Book Review

April 26, 2014

love stories of shimla hills minakshi chaudhry book review

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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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Empress Dowager Cixi | Jung Chang | Book Review

January 30, 2014

empress dowager cixi jung chang book review

By  for Random House

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

HISTORICAL RELEVANCE: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Being a woman, I love reading about women in general and it is therefore, surely a treat when one gets to read about someone as powerful as the Empress of Chi…

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True Grit | Bear Grylls | Book Review

December 24, 2013

true grit bear grylls book review

By  for Bantam Press

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

“You can't become a decent horseman until you fall off and get up again, a good number of times. There's life in a nutshell.”

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word su…

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

August 1, 2013

Kasab: The face of 26/11 rommel rodrigues book review

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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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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

man-eating leopard of rudraprayag review

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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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The Diary of a Young Girl | Anne Frank | Book Review

June 4, 2013

The diary of a young girl anne frank review

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WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

SUBJECT: 5/5

HITSORICAL VALUE: 5/5

“When the world was torn by grief and war.

When the Jews were killed in German halls.

A group of eight went into secret hiding.

To save themselves from atrocities and chiding.

A girl of 13 lived it, wrote it all.

To t…

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

June 3, 2013

Chanakya book review

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

Mastani Kusum Choppra Review

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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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