10 thoughts on “Chikaveera Rajendra

  1. Sushant Jha Sushant Jha says:

    A marvellous account of life and time of ruler of Kurg, Vir Rajednra by Masti Venkatesha Iyengar The book is redolent with the culture and ethos of its milieu, being Kodagu in the mid 19th century A must read for those who wish to know as to how Britishers userped princely states and how princes and lords behaved those days.


  2. Prashanth Bhat Prashanth Bhat says:

    jnanapeeta award winning novel read it.must Read in my list Of ten favourite novels in Kannada


  3. Bhavana Kilambi Bhavana Kilambi says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here What would you do if you were ruled by a ruthless, unjust, unreasonable and alcoholic king and an external body promises you to dethrone him and let you live happily without any interference You don t completely trust the outsiders but you also are aware of the fact that any local uprising would definitely be a call to their death by the King s soldiers You see no other option and are compelled to take the external help in the hope that your life gets better How would you also feel that your What would you do if you were ruled by a ruthless, unjust, unreasonable and alcoholic king and an external body promises you to dethrone him and let you live happily without any interference You don t completely trust the outsiders but you also are aware of the fact that any local uprising would definitely be a call to their death by the King s soldiers You see no other option and are compelled to take the external help in the hope that your life gets better How would you also feel that your king were dethroned, but the outsiders were actually a bunch of vile and greedy invaders who never had any intentions of fulfilling their promises to you and wanted to force their faith on you Your life again continues with the same or probablymisery This is probably what happened to most of the states in India when the British East India Company came to India as a bunch of innocent traders, sweet talked the innocent people of this country into believing that they have come as Messiahs to rescue them from their rulers and ended up successfully annexing the entire country This story was originally written in Kannada by an award winning author Masti Venktesa Iyengar which was later translated into English The author has researched extensively himself being born during the British reign of the happenings in Kodagu a district in Karnataka when the East India Company took over the rule of Mysore and was eyeing for an opportunity to take over Kodagu as well They did not have to wait long as they began receiving complaints from the inhabitants of Kodagu against their King who has been involved in everything but the state affairs He is supported by an equally vile minister with whose support he commits atrocities against anyone who questions the King He imprisons his sister, kills her month old son in a fit of rage among many other heinous crimes and the people of Kodagu had had enough of him Knowing not where to go, the innocent people approach the East India Company for help The EIC not believing its luck, begins to behave extremely politely with the people and manages to convince them that it has their best interests in its heart With the help of EIC they manage to usurp the King but while deciding whom to anoint in his place, the EIC declares that it is going to govern the place until the King s daughter comes of age By that time, they train and convert the poor girl into Christianity and send her to England where she is married off to a Captain All of these happen out of her wishes when she has a local boy Utti in her heart She dies in England without seeing her Kodagu people or her Utti The Kodagu people begin facing new problems with the EIC as they start showing their true colours This entire story is heart wrenching for a few reasons 1 The situation of the people of Kodagu probably represents what really must have happened in several princely states of India It feels like the people stood at an impasse with dangers on both sides, knowing not where to go The dangers being the King on one side and the British on the other Either case they have lead a very sad life barring a few exceptions of course.2 The people of India in general in those days were pretty naive and innocent The East India Company was able to manoeuvre them to their side without much efforts Just a bit of sweet talking and false promises were enough The way they try to convert Indians to Christianity will boil the blood of anyone reading this book Nobody can force anyone to follow their faith I can t believe all that our forefathers had to go through and so proud that the worlds oldest religion still thrives despite so much hate and forceful conversions from the Abrahamic faiths no offence.All in all, this is one of the best books I have read in recent times A very well written and unputdownable book A very kind lady downstairs lent me this beautiful book which from many comments I felt is quite an antique book and difficult to find After reading the book, I learnt this book won the Jyanapeetha Award which I feel it totally deserved


  4. Anirudh Anirudh says:

    Masti s Chikaveera Rajendra is a very interesting book to read for it is a unique take on the life of a King in India during 19th Century There is a clear difference between historical fiction written in English and in Kannada, especially the tone and the handling of the subject This novel explores the life of Kodagu kingdom s last King and the members of his palace A very interesting part of the book is the King s relationship with the merchants and his ministers as Masti explores how truly Masti s Chikaveera Rajendra is a very interesting book to read for it is a unique take on the life of a King in India during 19th Century There is a clear difference between historical fiction written in English and in Kannada, especially the tone and the handling of the subject This novel explores the life of Kodagu kingdom s last King and the members of his palace A very interesting part of the book is the King s relationship with the merchants and his ministers as Masti explores how truly interdependent they are There is also the English and their interactions with Indian rulers which required particular mention Truly enjoyed reading this book Recommended to all Kannada Readers


  5. Harsha Matadhikari Harsha Matadhikari says:

    Amazing novel, my first big kannada novel back in 1992.The writing style is splendid Got to know about how christian missionaries worked for the first time.My high school textbook hitory became boing after reading this.


  6. Sumana Sumana says:

    One of the classics .


  7. Adithya Shashidhara Adithya Shashidhara says:

    I read the original Kannada book which won the Jnanapith award A good book on the final days of Kodagu s last king Chikaveera Rajendra Lot of family drama, with the king acting like a milder version of Jeoffrey in Game of Thrones Also shows how the British subtly act to get native kingdoms under their rule while also trying to propagate Christianity whenever possible A very informative and entertaining read.


  8. Bhavya Bhavya says:

    Must read book..


  9. Ranga B Ranga B says:

    I started reading this book as Masti Venkatesha Iyyangar won Jnanapeetha award for this It was hard to get this but somehow found in Sapna book house in Bengaluru I started reading this book a year ago I went very slow as beginning was not so interesting But as the story progressed it became very interesting I wonder how Masti was able collect all these historical events of Kodagu and such an amazing effort from him Names of people of that time , life events around them Their life styles, I started reading this book as Masti Venkatesha Iyyangar won Jnanapeetha award for this It was hard to get this but somehow found in Sapna book house in Bengaluru I started reading this book a year ago I went very slow as beginning was not so interesting But as the story progressed it became very interesting I wonder how Masti was able collect all these historical events of Kodagu and such an amazing effort from him Names of people of that time , life events around them Their life styles, etc How Chikka Veera Rajendra ruled, his downfall, how British politely approached to encroach Coorg under their rule Interesting book If you are Kannadiga you must show some interest to read such books at least try reading all Jnanapeetha award winning books Masti Kannadada Asti for true


  10. Amith Kamath Amith Kamath says:

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