The Tree Bears Witness

We have always grown up with Akbar and Birbal Stories. No Indians are Stranger to their Stories. Who wasn’t bowled over by Birbal’s Wit?
For those People who don’t know, Akbar was the Emperor of the Mughal Empire in India and Birbal, his loyal advisor in the Court.I knew I had to read this book when I saw it up for Review,
A month has passed since the royal wedding of Akbar to Hira Kunwari when a murder strikes them. Hira Kunwari’s brother is found dead in the Palace Gardens. No one sees anything except the Mango trees which bears the witness of his death. The guards who were guarding the Palace comes rushing on hearing a faint yelp sees Prince Sujjamal lying dead on the Ground. There are no signs of disturbances on the Flower beds in the Palace Garden. Was it Akbar who ordered the killings or the trio which came from Amer (Modern Day Jaipur).It’s Birbal whom Akbar trusts to win back Hira Kunwari’s trust who thinks that Akbar had a part in killing her brother. There were so many new names whom I thought were fictional were actually based on real characters who existed in the Mughal Era. I got an insight of what happened in the Mughal era and the tensions which arose due to the fact that Akbar, a Muslim marrying Hira Kunwari, a Hindu. Overall, a good mystery set in the Mughal Era.

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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Roy weaves a beautiful story .The story which is set in Kerala, juggles between the past and the present . The characters are well etched . Everyone has got a story of their own. If Estha and Rahel’s (who are the main protagonists)relationship, forms the exterior part of the novel,the interior part of the novel tells the forbidden relationship between Ammu and Velutha. Ammu is the mother of Rahel and Estha and Velutha is a menial worker ,who works in Ammu’s house.
Estha and Rahel’s relationship is just the coating encircling the Sweet and bitter relationship of ammu and velutha’s.Caste System which is prevalent in India is brought to light by the author. Ammu,who belongs to the upper class family gets into relationship with Velutha and the consequences they have to face as a result of this is what the story is about . I felt so bad for Ammu and Velutha. Ammu had to die a lonely death .To die with no one by their side,How lonely can it get ! and i cant even talk about poor Velutha . Velutha is imprisoned and and is beat to death .His only crime was that he was born into a poor family .

Roy describes the story in a beautiful language ,though i thought in the end it became strained .She manages to capture the essence of Kerala.It is rare to see these kind of detailed writing in an Indian Author .Only few Indian Writers have done that and she is one among the few