Those Pricey Thakur Girls, by Anuja Chauhan revolves around the drama in the lives of Justice LN Thakur, his wife Mamta and their daughters, residing in New Delhi.
LN and his wife have named their daughters alphabetically from A to E. They have married off the first two daughters, the third one has eloped (much to their shame and chagrin) and are trying to figure out how to arrange for finances for the wedding of their 4th and 5th daughters. The story mainly centers on the love life of Debjani with a handsome journalist and the circumstances and factors leading to their relationship. Inter-woven between Debjani’s and Dylan’s story are the stories of Ajni – who is childless and is trying to understand her marriage, Binodini – who wants her share of her father’s estate to fund into her husband’s business, Chandu – whom nobody is allowed to talk to as she eloped with an Estonian and the fifth daughter Eshwari – who is a 16 yr old sensible teenager with interest in good looking boys!
While the Debjani and her journalist are the semi-protagonists of this story, the readers are given enough meat about the other characters in the story to keep it from getting one dimensional. The development of other characters – even the ones with minor roles like Satish or the kids Bonu and Monu is well developed and well written. My favorite characters were the mother and the youngest Thakur daughter Eshwari, there was something so endearing about Mamta’s character; like doesn’t matter how unpleasant your daughters sometimes get, you correct them and still take care of them because they are your own kids. Eshwari’s character is a typical 16 year old who likes sports and boys, but is still the kid of the family. The romance in the story is toe curling and sexy, even though the central characters were not as endearing.
This was my second book by Anuja Chauhan with the first one being Baaz. While Baaz did not impress me at all, I still decided to go ahead and read Those Pricey Thakur Girls; and I am glad I read it! TPTG was a super fun and quick read. Yes, it is melodramatic and it reads like how a commercial masala hindi movie would read if it were a book, but it has a good story and is well written.
From the two books that I have read, it seems like Anuja Chauhan has a formula for her central characters – the hero is handsome, dashing, young and brave and is a ladies’ man; the heroine is plucky, out spoken, beautiful and the two fall in love with each other at the first sight! It might be formulaic but it is fun to read non-fussy stories that make you feel good and help you relax. Do give this story a read if you get a chance.
Three dark queens
are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends
Three dark sisters
all fair to be seen ,
two to devour
and one to be Queen
So begins Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. It is a dark read, set in a mythical island of Fennbirn where the only way to become a queen, is by killing the other two sisters of a set of triplets. Each of the triplets is born with a gift- either power over the five elements, or over the nature or a poisoner who can stomach all kinds of poison; and only the strongest of the three will become the queen.
The Three Dark Crowns has a very intriguing concept of royalty and crown, where instead of the first born being a natural heir to the throne, the triplets are all an equal heir to the crown, you just have to be willing to kill the other two sisters in a fair game. I have been on a look out for a good series for a long while now and I think I have found it in this series by Kendare Blake.
Her writing flows easily, but grips you in the story almost immediately from the first chapter. I don’t care much for lot of flowery descriptions of the surroundings, but almost nothing about the people in the book, it is the character development is very important and Kendare achieves that superbly. All the characters from the suitors Billy and Pietyr, the foster families of Arrons, Milones and Westwood to the queens, Mirabella, Arsinoe and Katharine, is written about beautifully. A small scene involving Sara Westwood was so well written that you could gauge her character in couple of paragraphs.
I will recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy genre and wants to read something unconventional. I cannot wait to read the next one in the series: One Dark Throne.
I have to admit, it was the cover that attracted me first to this book; second was the name-Norse Mythology and finally Neil Gaiman as the author convinced me that I should read it! And I am glad I did! I don’t know much about Norse Mythology at all, but I have definitely heard of Asgard and of Thor and his legendary hammer.
Before I started reading it, I was expecting the book to flow like the usual fictional novel in a linear pattern; but now that I have finished it, I agree that the small short stories was a better way to go. The book starts by introducing the usual players, then goes on to describe the beginnings, how Thor got his hammer and then the other stories which display the slyness of Loki, the stubbornness of Thor, and general the fickle nature of gods, ending with the end of the world.
As the book is written in short stories you can take breaks while reading but the book in general is pretty unstoppable once you start reading it. What I found very fascinating was even in the times when gods walked the earth, the characteristics of good and evil, weakness and strength, compassion and greed are timeless. Even the gods are not above these traits, and are not above death and mortality-even though they do tend to come back from the dead sometimes.
I love books on mythology because they make me think that maybe these ancient times did exist, who is to deny or accept that claim. Just as maybe Mahabharata existed in ancient old worlds, so did Norse gods. Maybe over time people have not forgotten their deeds, but because they seem so much larger than human lives, people have conveniently decided that this must be all mythology and legends; but who is to say that the legends did not exist years and years ago?