Saturday, July 31, 2010

Must Read Books ........... Part 10

91. Book Name: “The Curious Case of 221B – The Secret Notebooks of John Watson, MD”

Language: English

Author: Partha Basu

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 277

Cost: 299 Rs.

Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher

First Published in India: 2009

92. Book Name: “Miss Marple’s Final Cases”

Language: English

Author: Agatha Christie

Genre: Short Stories, Mystery

Pages: 154

Publisher: Fontana Collins

First Published: 1980

93. Book Name: “Twilight”

Language: English

Author: stephenie Meyer

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 434

Publisher: Atom Books

First Edition: January 2006

94. Book Name: “The Last Don”

Language: English

Author: Mario Puzo

Genre: Fiction, Crime

Pages: 482

Publisher: Mandarin

First Edition: 1996

95. Book Name: “Zombee”

Language: Marathi

Author: Aanand Yadav

Genre: Auto-biography

Pages: 371

Cost: 100 Rs.

Publisher: Mehta Publishing House

First Published: December 1987

96. Book Name: “The Zoya Factor”

Language: English

Author: Anuja Chauhan

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 509

Cost: 295 Rs.

Publisher: Harper Collins

First Published: 2008

97. Book Name: “Delhi: A Novel”

Language: English

Author: Khushwant Singh

Genre: Fiction, History

Pages: 391

Cost: 85 Rs.

Publisher: Penguin

First Published: 1990

98. Book Name: “Natrang”

Language: Marathi

Author: Aanand Yadav

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 190

Cost: 140 Rs.

Publisher: Mehta Publishing House

First Published: October 1980

99. Book Name: “A Silence of Desire”

Language: English

Author: Kamala Markandaya

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 179

Cost: 250 Rs.

Publisher: Penguin Books

First Published: 1960

100.Book Name: “Pawanakathacha Dhondi”

Language: Marathi

Author: Go. Ni. Dandekar

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 167

Cost: 60 Rs.

Publisher: Continental Prakashan

First Published: 1955

Wednesday, July 14, 2010



BOOK REVIEW “The Englishman’s Cameo”

Author: Madhulika Liddle

Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Language: English

Pages: 281

Cost: 295 Rs.

Publisher: Hachette India

First Published: 2009

Madhulika LIddle’s first novel “The Englishman’s Cameo” is a murder mystery set in Mughal Era of Emperor Shahjahan. It describes Delhi in early 1656 when Aurangzeb was advancing with his army to take over the throne. What can me more interesting than this, right? So I decided to read this one.

When Delhi was going through political turbulence (isn’t it always..) in 1656 as Aurangzeb advancing with his troops against his father Shah Jahan, the kotwali of Delhi are entangled in a murder mystery. Young Muzaffar Jang, in an attempt to save his friend from being executed, follows the trail of a dead merchant, a scheming eunuch, and “too many Englishmen”. As Jang, the poetry-loving nephew of the Kotwal, investigates further, we meet Mehtab, the legendary courtesan (who is murdered soon after), her mysterious step-sister Gulnar and Akram, the affable nobleman who follows Jang around.

The novel scores high on all grounds. Not only is the mystery in the book fascinating, but historically also it is simulating. Liddle’s depiction of Shahjanabad, its culture, life style is exciting and very much believable. I think this book is a movie material and I hope someone will make one very soon. The author has very good characters at her hand to start a detective series. I am sure she could find many murders in Mughal Era to solve.

This one is Must Read Book for everyone, do not miss it. If I have to rate it I will give it 10 out of 10.

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