Were never great companions. It was just a course at school for me, which was to be studied for exams. Neither did I have any aversion nor did I have any love for it. Until…. recently !
First, it was the Twentieth Wife, which I liked a lot and it showed me history in a totally new perspective. I got curious, went back to those old times , imagined things, pondered about them and all. It was wonderful, thinking about the conversations they might have had, the feelings they must have had and the power, ambition, grandeur surrounding them.
Then came The Palace Of Illusions, which am not sure, if can be categorised under history. But this too was wonderful, revisiting all the mythological stories in a new perspective. Draupadi’s narration added a fresh touch to all those stories that were a part of our childhood, bringing back many associated memories.
And then finally came Nefertiti , which I picked up from TGND . I heard about this for the first time from her and wanted to give it a try. But I had my own doubts if it would be too much for the tiny head of mine. And I was wrong in having such doubts. The book was wonderful, introducing so many things about Egyptian culture to me, making me want to visit Egypt all of a sudden. That powerful, ambitious lady remained etched in my mind, for quite some time even after completing the book. Thanks TGND for the pointer.
After all this, I have got a new love for history and am waiting to lay my hands on the next part of TajMahal Trilogy, Feast Of Roses !