Shilpa Shetty sent the Twitterati into a tizzy today with her claim that Animal Farm by George Orwell is a great children’s book that encourages kids to be kind to animals. The hashtag #ShilpaShettyReviews soon started trending at the top. Here are some of the best Shilpa Shetty Reviews by sarcastic tweeple:

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Clearly, Shilpa, ‘Kitabein Bahutsi Padhi Hongi Tumne’ *NOT!* Though, she HAS written one. We hope someone proofread that book carefully!

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an era of darkness
Title: An Era of Darkness
Writer: Shashi Tharoor
Publisher: Aleph Books
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9789383064656
Rating: ★★★★½

 

An Era of Darkness : The British Empire in India is the latest by Shashi Tharoor. As the title makes clear, it is all about the iniquities of the British rule in India. Its measured, non-jingoistic tone is precisely what makes this book a worthy and readable one.

What is An Era of Darkness about?

Tharoor systematically goes over the history of British rule in India and the adverse effects of colonialism on Indian industry and economy. He addresses each of the pro-colonial arguments – for example, that British rule brought about law and order to a nation that was ruled by debauched and/or brutal native rulers, that the Britishers actually ushered India into the modern age by building a superb rail and road network, that they put an end to heinous practices such as Sati, and other sundry arguments that claim that British rule did quite a lot of good on the way to doing harm. He debunks each of these arguments.

What did I like?

When a child learns history in school, often it is a highly biased as well as highly abridged version. Yes, we all read about British Raj and the Indian freedom struggle. But history was not taught with a spirit of enquiry. We were never asked to argue both sides of a question. Or to think objectively about the effects of policies and actions, such as war and colonisation, upon the populations of the world.

An Era of Darkness serves as a brief guide to the entire history of British rule in India. At the same time, in gives precise information as to how the British Raj crippled India economically. Does this still affect India’s current standing as an independent nation, and if so, how? And is reparation possible? These are some questions that the reader can ponder upon as s/he reads the book.

The verdict

I would strongly urge you to buy An Era of Darkness and read it from cover to cover. It serves as a reminder of the travails our nation has been through. It is also an eye-opener to those of us who have neither personally experienced nor personally known anyone who has had to suffer life under foreign rule.

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Vikram Vetal stories: Listen, O King by Sivadasa Book Review

November 11, 2016
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Listen, O King is a retelling of the Baital Pachisi, or Vikram Vetal stories, for children. It consists of a frame story, within which there are 25 short tales. Each of these ends with a question being asked. The answer to that question is not an easy one.

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Book rangoli – what’s that? These will touch every booklover’s heart!

November 2, 2016

Book Deals for Broke Bibliophiles – India, a popular FB group, invited book-lovers to draw a book cover, or anything bookish, with rangoli. Many booklovers took up the challenge to create their own book rangoli. We bring you some of the best rangolis amongst the lot! Harry Potter makes an appearance… naturally! Notice the tiny […]

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7 reasons we’ll never forget Malgudi

October 21, 2016

The name Malgudi evokes a nostalgic response in almost anyone you meet. Somehow it seems to bring about memories of a simpler, less complicated era in our lives, so much so that even Indians who've never experienced village life firsthand feel as though 'Malgudi' might be their 'native village'! Advertisers for quite a few products […]

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10 Funniest P.G. Wodehouse Quotes to brighten your day!

October 14, 2016

Funniest quotes by P.G.Wodehouse. These funny Wodehouse quotes on marriage, life, women, men, and more will have you rolling in the aisles!

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7 Intriguing Factoids About Inferno the Movie

October 12, 2016

Catch these intriguing factoids about Inferno the movie starring Tom Hanks and Irrfan Khan, which hits theatres this Friday.

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One Indian Girl Review

October 4, 2016
one indian girl review

One Indian Girl review. One Indian Girl is the first time Chetan Bhagat tells a story from a woman’s point of view. Does it live up to the hype? Read on.

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The Best Amazon Lightning Deals Today

October 1, 2016

Here are the best Amazon Lightning Deals for today, along with their timings. Happy Shopping!     51% Off Oct 17th, 8AM-2PM     65% Off Oct 17th, 8AM-2PM     65% Off Oct 17th, 8AM-2PM     65% Off Oct 17th, 9AM-3PM     65% Off Oct 17th, 10AM-4PM     65% Off Oct […]

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Book Review: People by Raghu Rai

September 21, 2016
People by Raghu Rai

Title: People by Raghu Rai Writer: Raghu Rai Publisher: Aleph Books Year: 2016 ISBN: 9789383064137 Rating: Read book reviews from other readers   People by Raghu Rai is a book of portraits taken by the well-known photographer over the course of his career. According to Raghu Rai, these are his favourite portraits from amongst the […]

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