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Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi

Synopsis: The year is 340 BC. A hunted, haunted Brahmin youth vows revenge for the gruesome murder of his beloved father. Cold, cunning, calculating, cruel and armed with a complete absence of accepted morals, he becomes the most powerful political strategist in Bharat and succeeds in uniting a ragged country against the invasion of the army of that demigod, Alexander the Great. Pitting the weak edges of both forces against each other, he pulls off a wicked and astonishing victory and succeeds in installing Chandragupta on the throne of the

The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda Paperback, 352 pages Published February 20th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books Synopsis: On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter’s life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son. Halfway around the globe, Somer, an

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay Hardcover, 293 pages Published June 12th 2007 by St. Martin’s Press (first published 2007) Synopsis: Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in

The Englishman’s Cameo by Madhulika Liddle

The Englishman’s Cameo by Madhulika Liddle Paperback, 281 pages Published 2009 by Hachette India Synopsis: A poisoned paan, A non-government issue arrow And the cameo of a mysterious Englishman. Muzaffar Jangis that rare creature in Mughal Emperor Shahjahan s Dilli an aristocrat with friends in low places. One of whom, Faisal, stands accused of murder. When the body of Mirza Murad Begh is found stabbed in the chest, lying in a water channel in the Qila, poor Faisal is the only one around. But what of the fact that, minutes

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See Paperback, 253 pages Published February 21st 2006 by Random House Trade Paperbacks Synopsis: In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret,

Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham

Hugh and Bess by Susan HigginbothamPublished August 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published October 29th 2007)Paperback, 320 pages Forced to marry Hugh le Despenser, the son and grandson of disgraced traitors, Bess de Montacute, just 13 years old, is appalled at his less-than-desirable past. Meanwhile, Hugh must give up the woman he really loves in order to marry the reluctant Bess. Far apart in age and haunted by the past, can Hugh and Bess somehow make their marriage work?  Just as walls break down and love begins to grow, the

Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

Cleopatra’s DaughterBy Michelle MoranPublished on Sept 15th, 2009Hardcover, 431 Pages From GoodReads.com, The death of Cleopatra was only the beginning… Follows the incredible life of Cleopatra’s surviving children with Marc Antony — twins, named Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene, and a younger son named Ptolemy. All three were taken to Rome and paraded through the streets, then sent off to be raised by Octavia (the wife whom Marc Antony left for Cleopatra). Raised in one of the most fascinating courts of all time, Cleopatra’s children would have met Ovid, Seneca,

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

NefertitiBy Michelle MoranPublished 2007420 Pages5 on 5 Nefertiti is one of the world’s great legendary beauties. Seen through her sister’s eyes, she is vividly brought to life in this heartbreaking story of celebrity, ambition, love and loss.At the tender age of fifteen, Nefertiti marries Akhenaten, the Prince of Egypt, her dreams coming true as she rises to fame and fortune. Bathed and decorated by a team of body servants, her natural beauty is enhanced until she becomes mesmerizing. She is soon the darling of the people and her husband’s closest

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a GeishaBy Arthur GoldenNovember 22nd 2005 (first published 1997) by Vintage512 Pages5 on 5! From GoodReads.com According to Arthur Golden’s absorbing first novel, the word “geisha” does not mean “prostitute,” as Westerners ignorantly assume–it means “artisan” or “artist.” To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation, crafty battle with rival beauties, and cunning seduction of wealthy patrons. After earning degrees in Japanese art and history from Harvard

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