Archive for January, 2019

The Peshwa : War of the Deceivers

January 14, 2019

Book : The Peshwa : War of the Deceivers

Author: Ram Sivasankaran

Rating: 4 / 5

Synopsis 

Seven years have passed since Peshwa Bajirao Bhat annihilated the Nizam’s armies at Fort Mandu. The two forces have been engaged in attacks and skirmishes ever since. Acting on the advice of his right-hand man, the mysterious Anaamik Dabhade, the Peshwa now sets about laying a trap to truly ensnare the Mughals, and break their might.

The Empire, of course, has methods of its own. And Nizam Ul Mulk is itching for an opportunity to exact revenge of the formidable Bajirao. With assassins, saboteurs and criminals infiltrating the Maratha lands, the Mughal Empire scores as many victories in the night as the Peshwa does during the day. 

Meanwhile, in the far reaches of the country, set ablaze by the never-ending conflict between these major powers, a Sikh warlord, a Rajput king and a Bundela princess find themselves increasingly tangled up in the endgame that will determine the very course of history. It is a battle of wits and skill, and the greatest deceiver of them all will prevail. 

Review

Thanks to WritersMelon and the publisher for the review copy

The book starts off  seven years after the last book ended. The Peshwa, Bajirao thinking of ways to end the Mughal Empire.  The Vazir,Nizam Ul Mukh,  thinking ways to get revenge on Bajirao. The illegitimate brother of Dadabhe, Anaamik has become Peshwa’s spy master and close confidant.There is a dual time-line in the book, where we are taken back to the time when Chimanji Appa, the youngest brother of Bajirao was gone missing.  The Peshwa still harbours a hope that Chimanji is alive.

Will the Peshwa and Chimanji meet?
Will Anaamik betray Bajirao ?
Will the Nizam get his revenge?

Read to find out

When I requested for Peshwa II I didn’t realize that it was a historical fiction based on the Bajirao of the movie Bajirao Mastani. I was waiting for Bajirao and Mastani to meet. Since I hadn’t read the first book in the series, I got that in Kindle Unlimited. I would request those who are planning to read this book to read Peshwa I, though the author does provide recaps during some connected events, it would help you to understand the characters and plot more in depth. 

I felt that at times it was a tad too descriptive.I liked the twist at the end, which I was able to guess only mere pages before the reveal. I loved how the story plays out and how everything is linked. I’m looking forward to read the next book in the series.

Recommended for readers who love historical fiction

A Long Way Home

January 2, 2019

Book : A Long Way Home

Author: Mitali Meelan

Rating: 3.5 /5

Synopsis

The Adhikaris are a regular, happy family – or so they will have you believe. But at the dinner table, a silence hangs heavy over the three children, especially Arihant and Ishaan.
Twenty-three-year-old Arihant possesses a secret talent and a shattered heart. He yearns for his muse and ex-girlfriend, only to surprise himself when they finally meet after a long and difficult time apart. If only Ishaan could share some brotherly advice rather than sneak about, aloof and increasingly suspicious.
Ishaan, twenty-eight, seems to have the job of his dreams – or at least, his parents’ dreams. But how long can he stay torn between two worlds? How long before someone finds out about his evenings: about the place he goes to and the woman he sees.
Here is a story set in the calm before a storm – after which nothing will be the same for this seemingly happy household.

Review

This is the story of the Adhikari family. Ishaan the eldest son is the main breadwinner. Arihant, the middle one who dreams to be a writer. Saloni the youngest child, who is cute and sweet.

The story starts from Arihant’s perspective, when he had come home for his brother’s birthday . Ishaan seems to have a problem with Arihant. He is rude and shuts him off. The brothers have a serious communication problem.
Arihant works at a magazine and also has  an anonymous blog. I loved poems and blog posts.Ishaan who has the perfect job according to his parents seem to hiding something.

The narrative was engaging and the characters were relatable. It was fast paced and I finished it in a day. The characters and the plot did feel clichéd to me. The story is of a typical Indian family, where only engineers and doctors have the perfect job. It talks about the expectations parents burden their children with. They don’t understand that we have to love the job we do, or it suffocates us. As long we have the passion to do what we love, we will excel, but they just don’t find it respectable.

This family drama did remind me of a Bollywood movie. It was good to read the story from the POVs of both Ishaan and Arihant. The problem with first person POVs is that we don’t know what the other character was thinking at that time, so I liked reading through the same situation from multiple POVs.

Favourite Quotes

“My love,humans are not places to be visited. They are homes to be built together. And this home… you let it perish long before you sought it”

About the author

A Mumbai-based Young Adult and Contemporary writer who has a weakness for peaceful getaways, beaches, books and scarves.

Her debut novel “The Guest” was published on 25th May, 2016 by the renowned writer Ravinder Singh’s publishing venture Black Ink.