Book Review: Battles and Warriors

Book: Battles and Warriors

Author: Subhadra Sen Gupta

Publishers: Rupa Publications

Battles ans Warriors by Subhadra sen GuptaThis is the second book from the series of “Exploring India” by Subhadra Sen Gupta, the author of “Kings and Queens”.

This book follows the similar pattern as the earlier with stories of important wars that have shaped the history of Indian sub-continent.

The five major battles between Greek warrior Alexander and King Porus at banks of River Jhelum, the Emperor Ashoka’s life changing battle at Kalinga, Babur and Ibrahim Lodhi at Panipat, Rajenra Chola and Srivijaya kingdom and the Pallasey war between Siraj-ud-Daula and East India Company  along with the events which led to these wars are precisely described in short story formats in the book.

While the text books in schools do introduce the history to the children but academic books fail to generate excitement and inclination towards history of wars and warriors. However this book with its attractive illustrations by Tapas Guha not only raise the interest among young and old but also give a glimpse of what the then warriors might have dressed like, arms and armoury they used and how the war scene might have looked like. The illustrations have made the story easier to comprehend.

These books are a commendable effort in taking the past to growing up kids….in fact I found it an interesting read myself. The book reminded me of the Amar Chitra Katha books that I have grown up reading.

Read to revisit history and introduce kids to story reading and historic facts in small doses.

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About shoma abhyankar

I like to believe that I am a creative person. I read, write, paint, sketch, rustle up some quick and some elaborate meals for friends and family, love chess, su-doku and scrabble, can hum an old Hindi song tentatively, always stand up for women rights, hate fake people, bugs, roaches, spiders and cigarette smokers!! I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1998. Soon after, I married an officer in Indian Air Force and have been on move since then. For a brief time of two years when we were posted in Pune, I worked as a junior architect in a firm. Being aware of frequent movement that we would have to live with, I chose to be a homemaker and concentrated on creating a warm and welcoming home for my family. But sitting at home without any creative activity was not my cup of tea. I learnt candle making and soon put up an exhibition at Poona Club when my daughter was barely a year old. I also enjoyed a short stint as a home-based entrepreneur, supplying chocolates and cakes on demand, while we were posted in Bareilly. With an inclination towards writing, I completed a diploma in ‘Creative Writing in English’ from Symbiosis College of Distance Learning, Pune. Then I discovered the blogosphere. Now I hope to not only travel and share my experiences with the world but also to pen a book someday....
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