As someone who lived in Hosapete a good 23 years, reading Roopa Pai's book transported me back to Hampi and its glorious days. What I really loved is the way she has written it, extremely engaging with a dash of her trademark humor. Beautifully illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan!
Book review: Krishnadevaraya – King of kings Author: Roopa Pai Illustrator: Archana Srinivasan I liked this book a lot. The author is Roopa Pai and this is the third book I have read written by her, followed by The Gita and Taranauts: The Quest for shyn emeralds. This book is about the glorious and victorious king Krishnadevaraya. He is called the king of kings because he was the greatest king of India. This also talks about his eventful life. The characters in this book are Krishnadevaraya, his queens, Hakka, Bukka, Achyutadevaraya, Yuvaraja, Kempamma, Bomma, Pampe, Virupaksha, Domingo Paes and Krishnadevaraya’s daughters and grand-daughters. The book is set in the historic city of ruins, Hampi. The book cover and illustrations by Archana Srinivasan are mesmerizing. Each and every character was adorned with heavy and beautiful jewelry, especially pearls. The book cover shows beautifully illustrated valiant king Krishnadevaraya. I enjoyed reading the book because of the beautiful illustrations and the detailed descriptions. It is so vivid and elaborated that I was standing there and watching every scene. I strongly recommend this book to all the history buffs and I rate this book as five stars. - Anushka Tonapi, 3E, Sri Kumaran Children's Home