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Review: I Also Slept With Rashmi Verma

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I Also Slept With Rashmi Verma by Love Thon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everyone had fun at campus. At least I hope everyone had. The college life in hostel was fun.

This book reminds one of that. Title is catchy but misleading. This is not an erotica. This is fun college life book.

Hero is narrating in first person and he is in love with Rashmi Verma, not the college whore.

Language is hinglish which breaks the flow. Editing could be better. Overall a fun read.

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Review: Muhammad Bin Tughlaq: Tale of a Tyrant

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Muhammad Bin Tughlaq: Tale of a Tyrant by Anuja Chandramouli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“I go into any movie that's historical fiction thinking, 'OK, I'm here to watch a work of art, something delivering a series of opinions, and if it's a good work of art, these opinions become so deeply embedded in complexity and richness that I won't even be bothered by the opinions. I'll make my own mind up.”
Tony Kushner

MBT is an enigmatic ruler and has divided opinions about him. Some say he was a visionary way ahead of his times. Others say he was a mad man. The history is made up most of the times by the rulers. Even in present day and age this holds true. Media is managed by the rulers.

The story of MBT is lesser known but most of us know him as a ambitious, visionary but a mad ruler. “Tughlaghi Firman” even today is used for an outlandish order. Some say he was way ahead of his times and other say he was a maniac.

The book starts with Alluddin Khilji end and hi…

Review: CHAKRAVYUH - Through the Eyes of the Young Warrior

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CHAKRAVYUH - Through the Eyes of the Young Warrior by Aniket S. Sharma
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“...the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.

That is their mystery and their magic.”
― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

“Chakravyuh” by Aniket Sharma is another one in the long list of Mahabharat retellings. The great epic inspired many authors and poets and it is perfectly alright to try interp…