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The Tattooed Fakir

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Northern Bengal; late eighteenth century. The new colonial rulers face an unlikely army of fakirs and sannyasis. At the same time, a few indigo plantations have come up in the countryside. The French keep a low profile, and even indulge in indigo trade espionage.

A young woman – Roshanara – is kidnapped by the village zamindar. The British sahib, owner of the indigo plantat
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Paperback, 1st Edition, 268 pages
Published July 15th 2012 by Pan Macmillan India
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Nilesh Kashyap
Sep 07, 2012 Nilesh Kashyap rated it it was ok
Shelves: india
Free stuffs are supposed to be awesome. Aren’t they?? Thanks to publisher for sending me a copy.

The book:
This historical fiction is set in Jahangirpur in Bengal during the late eighteenth century. The story begins with a man named Asif trying to rescue his wife Roshanara, who is held hostage at the house of manager of Indigo factory.
Roshanara has been brought here by Zamindar’s (Kalicharan) man on order from Kalicharan’s wife. Kalicharan has taken fancy to Roshanara. This is regular thing for h
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Aparajitabasu
Good concept.....but a dis-balanced output. Presenting my views on The Tattooed fakir by Biman Nath.

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Northern Bengal; late eighteenth century. The new colonial rulers face an unlikely army of fakirs and sannyasis. At the same time, a few indigo plantations have come up in the countryside. The French keep a low profile, and even indulge in indigo trade espionage. A young woman – Roshanara – is kidnapped by the village zamindar. The British sahib, owner of the indi
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Visakh
Aug 17, 2012 Visakh rated it it was ok
Set in 18th Century colonial India, The Tattooed Fakir tells the story of the uprising by fakirs and sanyasis against the British rule, from a viewpoint of the villagers and the sahibs of Jahangirpur, Bengal.

When the wife of Asif, a peasant, is kidnapped by the local Indigo plantation owner MacLean, he sees only one way to rescue his wife - to become a fakir. He runs away to the nearby mountains, where the fakirs have setup their camp to organize the fight against the British. While the fakirs w
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Shilpi Jain
Sep 20, 2012 Shilpi Jain rated it really liked it
Super read especially if you are a history buff like me and have some context of the Indian history in the 16th and 17th centuries when the East India company was trying to strengthen it's foothold in India. Biman Nath beautifully captures the live and love of Asif and Roshanara in the backdrop of Sanyasee- Fakir fight against the britishers led by Majnu Shah. I loved how the author has taken real historical characters and weaved the story around them. Also, it's interesting to see the British-F ...more
Chicky Kadambari
Sep 09, 2012 Chicky Kadambari rated it did not like it
Brilliant idea in the making, excellent writing style, and yet, failed to leave mark.

Here's the complete review of The Tattooed Fakir, by Biman Nath .

Characters in the book are under-developed and confused. It is quite impossible to relate with anybody in the plot. The rebellious skirmishes of the fakirs don't come across as very convincing. And in all of this chaos, the author has also thrown in Tipu Sultan and his innovative 'rocket technology'. The Tattooed Fakir promises a lot of action, bu
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Churchill Tak
Sep 06, 2014 Churchill Tak rated it liked it
Not what I expected it to be. It could have been much better, the plot seems di-oriented to me and the chapters were stretched too much unnecessarily.

Read it only if you have nothing else to read or try finishing it during your travel.
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Historical fiction, though the plot is interesting the narration is slow. The title didn't suit to the plot as the tattooed fakir role is not highlighted.
Afsana
Jul 31, 2015 Afsana rated it liked it
Good for when you're out of reading material. Not brilliant, not the worst I've read either. Meh
Ashna
Aug 19, 2012 Ashna rated it it was amazing
Received the book through goodreads first reads giveaways...n unexpectedly,i loved it!!
Its a spare, elegant rendition of political clashes driven by personal agendas of rage and revenge, The Tattooed Fakir underlines a lesser known section of history with deep emotions.

It is about a lesser known section of eighteenth century Indian history armed Muslim fakirs waging guerrilla warfare against British colonial rulers and explores the interesting dilemma of the mixed-race child who is transformed i
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Ravi Jain
Imagine this – You are at an airport. To kill some time, you enter the bookstore. You come across a book with a catchy title and an equally catchy cover design. You look at the blurb and that too seems exciting. What do you do? Simple, you buy the book. That’s what I did when I came across Biman Nath’s “The Tattooed Fakir”.

Read the full review here: http://www.bookgeeks.in/entries/gener...
Anuradha Goyal
Jan 25, 2013 Anuradha Goyal rated it it was ok
Powerful subject, weak story telling : http://www.anureviews.com/the-tattooe...
Tariqul Ponir
Jan 10, 2014 Tariqul Ponir rated it did not like it
Shelves:
This book is boring as hell.
thanks for providing a free copy anyway,
Jayachithra Subramanian
Jun 29, 2013 Jayachithra Subramanian rated it did not like it
Useless read!
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