Thursday, May 12, 2016

Review of Exploring India Battles and Warriors by Subhadra Sen Gupta



Book Name         - Exploring India- Battles and Warriors

Author                  - Subhadra Sen Gupta

Publisher              - Rupa Publications India (Red Turtle)

Number of Pages - 88

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 4.0

Blurb


The Exploring India series of books are delicious, bite-sized portions of history that will interest every reader who wants to know more about various facets of India. 

Battles and Warriors takes the reader on a journey through the events that led to, and the descriptions of, five major battles that took place in India: Alexander vs Porus, Ashoka vs the Kingdom of Kalinga, Rajendra Chola vs the Kingdom of Srivijaya, Babur vs Ibrahim Lodi and Siraj-ud-Daula vs the East India Company.

Find out why these battles occurred, the strategies that were employed, the arms and armour used by the warriors, the after effects of these battles and how they shaped the course of Indian history. 

Concise yet filled with relevant details and accompanied by attractive colour illustrations, the Exploring India series will make history fascinating and unforgettable for every reader.

My Review

History has always scared me. As a child I have always wished for a book that will help me understand history better. Exploring India is a series of books that fits into the void perfectly. Battles and Warriors take us back to the five battles in our history. The battle between Alexander and Porus is a historical event, that was forgotten by the Indian historians but surprisingly the greek historians give us more details. There is a systematic approach which suits the purpose of the books.  Ashoka vs The Kingdom of Kalinga focusses mainly on the transformation of Ashoka. Rajendra Chola vs Kingdom of Srivijaya brings forth a forgotten tale. Babur vs Ibrahim Lodhi is the first battle of Panipat. Siraj-ud-daula vs East India Company is the battle of Plassey (Palashi).

The narration is simple and easily comprehensible, yet gives the minutest details.  One should never forget to mention the contribution Tapas Gupta, through the illustrations. Through illustrations we can see the various weapons, shields and armour during th medieval period.The books is a treasure for centuries since history never gets outdated. The books helps in developing the reading habits in children without making them bored. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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