Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Elephant Girl - Book Review

Title  - The Elephant Girl 
Author - Chitta Ranjan
Publisher - Lead Start Corporation
Format - Paperback
Genre - Historical Fiction
Pages - 322

Blurb :

The forests of Eastern India, during the late years of the British Raj, were rife with stories about a mythical maiden riding a wild pachyderm. On a train ride through these deep jungles, a series of strange events unfold to pique the curiosity of Raj Narayan, the crown prince of Paschim Behar. Two attempts on Raj’s life as well as the murder of his father, the Maharajah and his favourite brother in the Royal Palace seem to be linked to a conspiracy to shroud the legend of the elephant girl in secrecy. What starts as a short trip soon hurtles crown prince Raj into a rollercoaster ride of adventure as he becomes obsessed to get to the bottom of the mystery of the elephant girl. Torn between his urge to seek out the mysterious maiden notwithstanding the advanced pregnancy of his wife and the evolving intrigues around succession amongst the brothers and his beautiful step mother, he finds himself in the maze of royal intrigue with the players shuttling between the opulent royal palace and deep dark forest with royal secrets. Will he betray his loving wife’s trust to be with the maiden? Will he find the murderer? Will he survive the savage mysterious forests and live to tell his tale?

Review :
What attracted me to this book was the title and the cover of the book. I have not read a lot of books on wild life. The story line really intrigued me. I am a huge fan of Historical stories. This book is set in the early 1930's in the jungles of Assam. Another reason I wanted to read this book was that I haven't read much about Eastern India, especially the pre partition era.

I am glad that I picked this book because it has everything, family ties, conspiracies, drama emotions and suspense.

Who is the Elephant girl? What happens when Raj Narayan goes back to the palace after the death of his father? Read the book to know more.

The scenes depicted by the author are very vivid and clear. You get a glimpse of India during the pre partition era. Chitta Ranjan has explained the scenes in detail. The narrative is clear and crisp. There are a lot of twists and turns in the book and the end is a pleasant surprise. 

Overall a very good read. 

About the author :
Ranjan is an engineer by profession, who lives in Perth, Western Australia with
his wife and two children. His childhood spent in the verdant north-eastern
corner of India sparked his fascination for nature and wildlife. On completing
his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, he moved to New Delhi for
work. He has since completed his master’s degree in process engineering with
Monash University. He has lived in Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi and Paris before
coming to Australia in 2005.

Ranjan is widely travelled and his hobbies include bird watching and reading.
His passion for bird watching combined with his love of nature have culminated
in extensive exploration of the forests of India, particularly in the remote north-
eastern corner. He has organised many bird watching camps in numerous tiger
reserves in India. His love for the jungles of India coupled with his interest in
the history of the princely states under British India have culminated in his first
novel; The Elephant Girl.

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐/ 5

Monday, February 3, 2020

Books for Kids 2-3 years of age

The best gift that you can gift to your kids are the books. The earlier you inculcate the love for books the better it is. I still remember my first book of fairy tales. books became my best friend after I read Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers when I was 12 years old and my first classic read was A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. After that there was  no looking back. For my son also, I started reading when he was a few months old.He loves books, touchwood. He is 3.5 years old now, I hope his love for books keeps growing. I have already shared books for kids 0-12 months of age ( here ) and books for kids 1-2 years of age (here )

Once kids turn 2, their attention span increases and they can sit through a story without getting distracted.

I am sharing some of our favourite books for 2-3 years of age.

📚Ladybird level 1 books and early scholastic readers have some wonderful books. You can buy the whole set of books or choose and buy a few titles which you like.

📚Who doesn't love The Guffalo and The Tiger who came to tea ? Julia Donaldson and Judith Kerr are all time kids favourite authors.

📚Early phonics story books Level 1 are perfect for kids this age.

📚How can I forget Peppa Pig and Mr. Men? No matter how many times you read these books to your child, he will always want to read again!

📚Another favourite characters of kids are Pepper and Bubbles.

📚2-3 years is also a good age to introduce the concept of opposites and numbers. You get wonderful books on this subject too

📚Usborne early readers are a must have for all kids 2+.

📚Oxford University press and DK publishers have some amazing titles for kids 2-3 years of age.

📚Which are your child's favourite books? Do share in comments.

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