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By the Tungabadra

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Some quick thoughts:

– Historical fiction is my favorite genres of writing. This book is written by Saradindu Bhandopadhyay, the creator of Byomkeshi Bakshi. I loved his characterisation and the detailing of his plots in BB. That is what intrigued me to pick up this book. – This book revolves around 2 cultures that I don’t recall being very closely knit historically – Kalinga & Vijayanagar. The princess of Kalinga is on a journey to be given in marriage to the king of Vijaynagar for political reasons. However, she falls in love with a commoner who saves her life during the journey. The rest of the book is about how their love story unfolds. – The first 150 pages of the book flows effortlessly. You know you’re with a master storyteller. – This book is more a romantic tale set in a historical background and the scale of historical set up is not as big as I expected it to be. – The ending of the book is straight out of a Sooraj Barjatya movie. Its the happily ever after ending you’d expect but very sappy. – The best part of the book is the beautiful translation. The original pompousness and flamboyance of the book has been retained and its musically old and delightful to read. One of the better Indian historical fiction works I’ve read. 6/10

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  1. This book is more a romantic tale set in a historical background and the scale of historical set up is not as big as I expected it to be. – The ending of the book is straight out of a Sooraj Barjatya movie. Its the happily ever after ending you’d expect but very sappy.http://kanoonquestions.com/badges/Enjoyed looking at this, very good stuff, appreciate it.

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