On My Reading Shelf..

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I’m back from the library with my latest haul. I can’t wait for M to nap so I can step into these alternate universes, although just for a short while. Here’s what I got –

A spy thriller! Now that’s a first for me. A member of the British Royal Family is killed in a bomb explosion while holidaying on her yacht. British Intelligence calls on Gabriel Allon, a legendary spy to investigate the murder and track down the perpetrator. The English Spy promises a thrilling ride, full of twists and turns, from the island of Saint BarthelĂ©my to Cornwall. At first glance, the plot sounds as if James Bond were investigating Princess Diana’s death in some strange parallel universe. Sounds exciting but I’m hoping it delivers on the thrills.

I went against ancient wisdom and judged this book by its cover. A woman in a vintage, Victorian looking dress and ‘Sandalwood’ in its title, had to be a work of historical fiction set in 1940s India. And was I right! Evie, her husband Martin and their son Billy arrive in India in 1947, an India in the midst of Partition and full of communal strife.  Against that backdrop, Evie finds a a bunch of old letters written by two Englishwomen, who lived in the same colonial bungalow as Evie, but 100 years earlier- in 1857. What happens next and where do these letters take Evie? We’ll see.

Indian Railway Stories edited by Ruskin Bond. I have such fond memories of travelling with my family in a second class compartment, talking to co-passengers, sharing food, the excitement of getting a window seat and feeling the wind in your hair while the train rattled past unknown villages, rivers and hills. So naturally, I’m looking forward to reading this. Also, I love Ruskin Bond. His ‘Roads to Mussourie’ is one of my favorite books of all time.

And finally, ‘Empires of the Indus’ by Alice Albinia. My first non-fiction. I have always been fascinated by the Indus Valley Civilization, particularly Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa, thanks to my mom who was undoubtedly the best History teacher I could ever find. Alice Albinia traces the journey of the mighty river Indus, literally – from the Arabian Sea, through Pakistan and finally to its source in Tibet, and figuratively – through centuries and civilizations.

That’s the list. The challenge now, is to find enough time to finish these books. What’s on your reading shelf these days? Drop a comment and let me know!

10 thoughts on “On My Reading Shelf..

    1. mixedbag Post author

      William Dalrymple is one of my favorite authors! I loved his 'The City of Djinns'. Have to get my hands on 'The Last Mughal'. It sounds like my kinda book 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion!

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  1. Maya Varde

    Finished Empires of the Indus a few weeks back , it's really very good…very well researched and written …you can not help admiring Alice Albinia for the journeys she undertook….

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