Posts Tagged ‘historical fiction’

While we still debate the details of Anarkali’s story as being fact or fiction, there is no doubt she is perhaps the most interesting character in Bollywood’s history. Moupia Basu’s retelling of the cult-classic has versions of Akbar, Salim, and Anarkali, but mostly focuses on why Anarkali did what she did. She...

  For today’s #ReadInstead Litfest session, we had Manu S Pillai, author of Rebel Sultans, give us a fantastic lowdown of the untold story of India’s Rebel Sultans. You can now read about his intriguing session here:  Rebel Sultans is a book of history that is limited to the region that we call Deccan which is...

It was an awesome time reading all the entries of the ‘Empire’ writing contest, and choosing is always hard, as talent is everywhere!  But after great deliberation, our judges have finally settled upon one entry which triumphed over all the others to rise as the winning entry of the contest. The winning entry...

Reading all the entries sent for the kids writing contest was really fun. Short, humorous, simple, sweet, funny – in other words everything that a child would enjoy. However, the winner could only be one. Our judges have chosen Not From Mama’s Tummy by Mallika Ravikumar. Not From Mama’s Tummy by Mallika Ravikumar The...

We got to read some amazing, dramatic and beautiful stories in the Retell Mythology writing contest. It was as if mythology came back to life! The contest was judged by Anuja Chandramouli, author of Rani Padmavati: The Burning Queen and she really enjoyed reading the stories. Here are the top two entries of the...

Indian history has more than its fair share of villains whom we love to hate – Mahmud of Ghazni, Mohammad of Ghur, Alauddin Khalji, Mohammad bin Tughlaq, Aurangzeb to name a few. At present though, it is Alauddin Khalji’s moment to shine. Believed to be the most sadistic Shah of all time, was he truly deserving...

A biography of Mayawati. A historical fiction about the Chola empire. Bollywood scandals. A photo-romance. These are the books you will want to read over and over.