My list of Best books read in year 2020..!
Finally I have finished reading one of the most amazing book on #mughal #history and I can say that I have not found any book about Mughal women so realistic, so deep and so fascinating and rich in content and narrative. #iramukhoty has done a wonderful job in bringing about the lives of influential women of #mughalempire in one book. Mukhoty has talked about some 15 women of prominence in this book which includes names like Khanzada Begum (sister of Babur), Gulbadan (sister of Humayun) Hamida Banu (Humayun’s Wife), Maham Anga (foster mother of Akbar), Harka Bai, Noor Jahan, Jahanara, Roshanara, Zeb-un-Nisa, amongst others. The book is rich with interesting yet important incidents from the lives of these women which shaped the Mughal Empire over 200 hundred years. The book covers the reign of Mughals beginning from #babur to the last Mughal padshah #bahadurshahzafar The narrative is not about the padshahs of Mughal empire but the Royal women who had no lesser a role in shaping the Mughal history. All these women had different roles to play in the Royal durbars. Many of them are so rich that their wealth sometimes exceeds the padshahs themselves.
The women in question here are so influential that they own their own lands, poets, ships, and trade routes. They even have the power to make political alliances with other ruling clans and have much involvement in the politics of the empire. The example of NoorJahan is one such where she rules for almost 20 years while her husband #jahangir takes a backseat much because he was an alcoholic and cared less for the happenings of the court.
The narratives of #khanzadabegum and that of #Jahanara quite impressed me. The book beautifully and skilfully blends the history of the Mughal padshahs and their reign with that of the narratives of the women behind them at every step.
One of the books by a female Afghan author who poignantly gives us the true picture of the miserable and pathetic life of Afghan women and especially young Afghan girls forced into early (child) marriage and polygamy. The book gives a detailed account of two Afghan girls from two different times who fell victim to patriarchy and social atrocities by their own family members. The protagonist Rahima is dissuaded from going to school by his drug-addict father and is sold into marriage at the age of 13. The only life that she ever had lived freely as boys of her age was when she was converted into a bacha-posh , a tradition in Afghan of dressing up little girls as boys till they come ‘of-age’ or start to bleed monthly (a sign of their getting old enough to be married).
The other character, Shekiba, who also was orphaned at a very young age, also falls victim to the atrocities of men and women around her. Both the women are bought and sold as cattle to men as per their needs. The book interweaves the two narratives separated by a century and gives us an account of the ordeals they undergo before setting themselves free. But do they actually find freedom?
Much has already been talked about this remarkable masterpiece by #agathachristie so a book review is quiet unnecessary for this one. But still I would like to share my feelings of awe and astonishment after I finished this book.
The book kept me hooked till the last page and I felt an emptiness inside me afterwards, more because of the fact that I didn’t want it to finish. Yes, I was so much loving it and I wanted the mystery to continue. The story, the plot line and the narrative is par excellence !! And since then I can not stop myself recommending it to people who haven’t read it yet.
I know most of the bookworms must have read this one but if u still haven’t then pls read it before doing anything else !!
A woman named Alicia, a painter by profession, is accused of murdering her husband in cold blood and is sent to psychic facility on account of her mental state. Since then, Alicia has never ever spoken a single word and has neither made efforts to defend herself against the accusation. But what actually happened on that night is fundamentally based on Alicia’s childhood and her relationship with her husband and other people later on as she grows up.
The author has tried to made a point that how one’s troubled childhood affects one as he/she grows up and makes him/her a particular sort of being. The unravelling of the incidents that led to the murder are full of twists and turns and takes the reader on a guessing game which is quite engaging. The interesting part of the book is the narrative where Alicia speaks through her diary and gives details of her innermost fears through writing. I would not call it a psychological thriller but a psychological journey through the minds of two main characters, the narrator Theo and Alicia.
Ruth Kettering is murdered brutally in Nice by an unknown person on the luxurious Blue Train and all the fingers point toward the estranged husband Derek Kettering. But is the mystery so simple? The murder looks more like the robbery since there are also some precious jewels taken from the person of Ruth.
There are many characters and so the list of suspects is large but it is #herculepoirot who is not convinced of the theory laid carefully by the real culprit. The book keeps you hooked till the end and is an interesting one to read. Close to 400 pages but worth it.
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the unsolved murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming. (Source: Goodreads)
Let me know if you have read any of these books. And if not, which ones are you planning to read next? I shall be eagerly waiting for your exciting comments on this post…!