Sunday, 14 September 2014

Review of 'The Princess in Black' by 'Upendra Dharmadhikari & Changali Anand'

Blurb: The Taj Mahal is going to be blown off and with it the visiting ex - President of USA. Or so has been impeccably planned by Major Salim Khan, an undercover ISI operative.

The only clue that the intelligence agencies have is the enigmatic Object No. 27, a rare Mughal relic that they don't have much information about. History Professor Narayan Shastri, along with the best men from Indian Intelligence, try to unlock the code.

And then there is Saima, the mysterious beauty who found Object No 27 in the first place. She and Professor Shastri travel through the annals of a history rich with deceit-bloody battles of conquests, the satin veil of treachery and even the elegant, imperious walls built of red sandstone and white marble-to know more of the impending attack and each other more deeply.

Can they stop Major Khan from unleashing his act of terror on the marble monument of love? Precious hands of time are ticking away - Tick. Tick. Tick.

Verdict: “The Princess in Black! – An unheard story of Mughals” is the first book by Upendra Dharmadhikari and Changali Anand. There are very few books in the market which tell about the Mughal dynasty and that is why this book is different. A book which will give a vast idea of few unheard chapter of Mughals.

The cover looks good with the swords and the guns in the front perfectly indicating that this book has story about the sword era and about the gun era. The great Taj Mahal in the back supports the story line, which says it is in danger. The name seems catchy too but I wish authors have spent few more hours on choosing the name which suits the plot more. Though the tag line is perfect.

The narrating style is trendy and will able to grab the reader’s attention. Telling history in simple and interesting way is in the new trend and youth will also enjoy the language of the book. But the authors very well managed the level of simplicity in narrating by putting wonderful words which grab the historical atmosphere of the book. There are few editing and type setting errors.

I loved the characters of the story. Each and every character are created keeping in mind the storyline and taken the mediocre story to a great level. Every character described in a good way and have very precise role to play which will definitely make readers like them.

The story line is good but not fresh. The author have framed it with nice research on Mughal dynasty and able to keep the mystery alive till the end but the way the whole plot summoned up, it can easily compared to other historical thrillers in the market. I appreciate the author for the effort they have put in this book which will make it a hit among the readers. From the very beginning the authors very efficiently started the mystery to keep readers hooked. I being a history lover, loved the way the authors has decorated the plot with the historical information and their imaginations. The readers will love the message which is hidden under the story.

Talking about the flaws of the book, I would say that the plot of the book is a bit common comparing to recent market, not the Mughal part but the way the mystery reveals but the way the story unfolded. In the middle of the book, it drops the speed a bit and few editing errors are spotted which will also grab the reader’s attention. Overall I would say a nice attempt by two debutant authors and appreciate them for the research they have done for this book.

Final Words: The authors are able to create such an atmosphere by their brilliant characters and narrating style that the readers can’t putdown the book until the mystery revels. A perfect one time read.

Title: The Princess in Black! – An unheard story of Mughals
Author: Upendra Dharmadhikari | Changali Anand
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributers
Page Count: 204
My Rating: 3.5/5

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