Love, Valour, and Some Reflections on Human Nature

The Glove and the Lions by Leigh Hunt seemed an apt choice for my poetry post this month, a 'fit' with my theme of 'Kings and Queens'. There are after all, two kings in it--King Francis whose realm Hunt takes us to, and the lions, kings of their own realms, though in the human arena,…

Shelf Control #2

Shelf Control, a feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies every Wednesday is all about celebrating the books waiting on one's TBR. It involves simply posting about one book on your TBR and telling everyone a little about it, when and where you bought it, and what makes you want to read it. This is my…

Book Review: Prithvi Vallabh by K.M. Munshi

There’s this Hindi TV show called Prithvi Vallabh running currently, and when I saw the adverts initially (still haven’t seen the actual programme), it looked interesting and on looking it up further I found that there was a book by the same name in Gujarati, based on the same historical characters. What made me more…

Book Review: Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

I first heard about The Letter for the King when I happened to watch bits of the film version (Dutch with subtitles) on TV some time ago, and when I noticed the book on NetGalley, of course I couldn’t resist putting in a request. My thanks to Pushkin Children’s Books and NetGalley for a review…

Children’s Book of the Month: Band of Soldiers by Sardindu Bandhyopadhyay

The first of my ‘theme’ reads this month (my reading theme is here), and this ‘King’ in question in this one is the Maratha warrior–king Shivaji, who ruled in the latter part of the seventeenth century. More about him here. This book, originally Bengali was written by Sardindu Bandhyopadhyay, a screenwriter (for both Bollywood and…