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Rani Padmavati Rani Padmavati also known as Padmini was a legendary 13th–14th century Indian ueen The earliest source to mention her is Padmavat an epic fictionalized poem written by Malik Muhammad JayasiThe book started with the murder of Jalaluddin Khilji by his own nephew and son in law Alauddin Khilji He captured the throne of Delhi Soon enough we realize that one of the most powerful rulers that the history has encountered is here to conuer and only conuer He can be stopped by nothing He will play by the rules and if need be he will defy themRajput kings are setting alliances through marriages and money in order to defeat the Sultan of Delhi Will they succeed The author amazingly depicts a story of war dignity passion and cruel destiny of the ueen of Chittor The book is easy to handle and cover seems vibrantLucid writing and interesting plot makes one read the book uickly It can be finished in a matter of hours The amount of research that the author had done is axiomaticIt was enlightening to see how beautifully the author has balanced each characters' PoVs in her book I only wish that the reader would have been provided an in depth knowledge of Padmavati's personality Throwing light on her thought process a little would have done wondersRecommended to history buffs Trigger warning for suicide Padmavati is the tale of a Rajput princess Padmavati who went down in history for committing jauhar in the face of defeat by enemy so as to escape abuse The story gives mixed feelings as it revolves around jauhar committing suicide to protect one's 'honor' and our societal ideals of purity But this review won't be a debate regarding thatI liked almost all the characters Padmavati comes off this naive child and I couldn't shake that image from my head Leelavati was a welcome surprise with her unabashed scheming and her cleverness Go flawed female characters Allaudin Khilji was depicted as conuerors are not a devil which is according to the historical accounts of him unlike a certain period film cough cough Rawal Ratan Singh just didn't leave an impression though he is the uintessential good guy You can probably see the pattern here I thought it was a happy coincidence but Anuja Chandramouli has this uniue talent of making her characters interesting by introducing a flawed morality in them And i am a sucker for thatThe setting was vividly described with much nuance and I enjoyed that I feel the plot dragged on but that is bound to happen when you write historical fiction with little artistic liberties A solid 35 stars An e copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review They were standing on the terrace that overlooked the charming garden below bursting with rare flowering plants and creepers ornamental shrubs and fruit trees the result of the princess's personal undertaking She had decorated the wooden enclosure surrounding her uarters in the harem with paintings done in vegetable dyes made for her by a maid who had learnt the art when she had worked under Jain monksRani Padmavati The Burning ueen by Anuja Chandramouli Possible TriggersSuicideI knew nothing about the story of Rani Padmavati when I chose this book I had seen it here on GR and was taken with the stunning Red and Gold cover along with the description of the book I adore Historical Fiction but this story is not one I knew literally anything about I do read much on Cleopatra but Rani Padmavati the ueen of Chittor who commits jauhar Self immolation to avoid captivity I had no knowledge of And that is good because it allowed me to go in fresh and not compare the story to any others I had read about hersince I haven'tPadma as she is referred to in the book was married to Rawal Ratin Singh and together they ruled the Indian kingdom of Chittor Their love story was genuine It was not just a marriage of convenience They adored one another Padma possesses beauty that is almost incomprehensible She is breathtaking and void of malice as well Her personality is like sunshine but with a mischievous uality and she is also blessed with high intelligenceAlauddin Khalid is the conueror and he has conuered alot It is inevitable that he wants to take over Chittor and so the bookshort as it is under 300 pages has a strong degree of tension running through it at all timesI already knew how this story would end from reading reviews and just from the title But there is so much to Padma's story I would really recommend this to Historical Fiction fans particularly those who like me enjoy reading about Historical Royalty It is written in deeply shimmering vibrant Prose and the imagery and the scenery are beautifully imagined I read it in one sittingThe writing also has a sort of lightdark uality For example at times there is a playful edge to it but do not mistake that for a lack of intensity As others have mentioned Padma's vision is written incredibly and is one of the most intense scenes I have read this year in any book It catches you off guard as wellWhile there are no happy endings in the physical sense for Rani Padmavati the Spiritual element is a different story If one believes that loveand the human soulextend way after death and are endless through time you may look at the end a bit differently as the book blends the beauty of the love story of Padma and Rawal Ratan Singh beautifully with the spiritual element of love never endingCompare that to the vast emptiness of the life of the conueror who may have won the physical battle but absolutely lost the emotional war as he has nothing to show for all his victories except an empty soul devoid of love or anything remotely resembling itThis book was beautifully written taught me so much and I really liked it I do wish it had been a bit longer and I sort of wish Padma had narrated it as we are told much without being shown freuently I wanted of Padma which is hard to get in a book that is a bit on the shorter side Still it was a uniue and beautiful read about a uniue and beautiful ueen who had courage than almost anyone I have read about Highly recommended to Historical Fiction fans This was one of the most entertaining books by Anuja Plot Alauddin Khilji Sultan of Delhi Khilji Dynasty is set to vanuish the kingdoms of Rajput to become the most powerful ruler His only interest is in winning Padmavati a beautiful ueen of Chittor and second wife of Rawal Ratan Singh can do anything for her husband's pride What destiny has sketched for them is fascinating to watchWriting The flow of the story is uite impressive because of which one can finish reading it swiftly The grief of the tragedy that was bound to happen and the happiness and glory Padmavati brought to the kingdom of Chittor was interesting to watchThe sorrow of the ueens other than Padmavati in Chittor was evident and written in a prolific manner Giving insights to each of the character's aspect the author has done a commendable jobThe writer mentions the perspective of the antagonist too which was the best thing about the narrativeApt cover and precise narrationRather than focusing much on the beauty of Padmavati if the focus could have shifted towards the ideologies and deeds of the protagonist the book would have stood out for meVerdict Historical fiction readers should definitely try this one It won't be disappointing “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge That myth is potent than history That dreams are powerful than facts That hope always triumphs over experience That laughter is the only cure for grief And I believe that love is stronger than death” ― Robert Fulghum All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten Uncommon Thoughts on Common ThingsPadmavati aka Padmini is not a historical figure There is no historical account which proves that any such ueen existed This is a part of popular folklore of Rajasthan though The name of Padmavati is found in the book called “Padmavat” written by a Muslim poet Malik Mohammed Jayasi But myth or reality doesn’t matter when the issue is of faith Sometimes myths are powerful than reality Because they give us courage and hope Padamavati is a symbol of resistance against barbaric Muslims and devotion to religion and husbands Alauddin kills his father in law and uncle in cold blood His wife Malika Jahan Daughter of Jalaluddin Khilji is eually cruel and is beaten by Khilji Khilji is ambitious and want to expand his empire in Rajasthan and Gujarat Rajputs know the ambition of Alauddin and try to put up a united front Ratan Sen of Chittor is married to Nagmati Padmavati is married to him in second marriage She is like an incarnation of Laxmi and they both love each other deeply Nagmati doesn’t like it naturally and she nurse a grudge against Padma What happens afterwards is the storyThe book is a huge deviation from Padmavat and the pre conceived notions Rajputs are not as smart as folk tales and Allauddin is not a lustful looter He is ambitious and wants to be monarch He has no intention of raping Padmavati Language of book is simpler than Anuja’s previous mythical books That makes it a uick read and it can be finished in one sitting The story is well paced and romantic scene between Ratan and Padmini are very well toldThat is the good part But there are some glaring mistakes logically as well as historically Religion was a rallying point in medieval period and Delhi sultans have clear agenda of expanding Islam by hook or crook Allauddin was a cruel looter who was a religious fanatic He broke many temples and plundered every city he invaded and conuered He killed Jalaluddin after looting Devgiri and it shows how ruthless he was Rajputs were no better either and they were a divided house Treachery was common and it helped Islam to spread But it was a Hindu Muslim conflict They broke looted temples and converted Hindus by force They raped Hindu women and took them in their harem In fact the Purdah came after Islamic invasion In the book it is shown that the conflict was only because of power lust and had no religious or lust angle which is totally wrong as per my understanding of history We cannot wish away the horrible things done by these plunderers only to buy peace If we want to have peace between Hindus and Muslims the right way is to admit the differences and atrocities carried out in the past As for Padmini and her Jauhar all I have to say that there is no evidence of Padmini in history But Jauhar was practiced The book shows that Nagmati is the prime culprit and both Padmini and Ratan knew that Alauddin has no intention of raping her That makes the logic of Jauhar untenable There are logical fallacies in the book and in the end I found out it a confused book Maybe Anuja was in two minds in trying to balance the rift between two communities and then showing Jauhar of women This is a paradox 3 5 starsPS A brief mention of Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus “Padmavati” The movie is since then renamed “Padmavat” Jayasi book Karni sena a Rajput army has waged a war against the movie They has done most reprehensible act of attacking a school bus Though their method of brute force is wrong this shows the power of myths Maybe we should not try to rewrite history to suit present day reality We should accept the historical wrongs and take it forward from there rather than to wish away the things Holocaust never happened I guess The recent few months has seen a lot of interest around Rani Padmavati with the strong opinions around the film ‘Padmavat’ Writing historical fiction is a delicate balancing act between staying faithful to the ethos of history while introducing enough new material to interest readers This is a genre Anuja Chandramouli excels in Padmavati is the ueen of Chittor famed for her extraordinary beauty This is the most prominent aspect of her personality we know of other than the tragic end she suffers when she decides to end her life rather than be captured and possibly become another of Alauddin Khilji’s wives Anuja does introduce substantial material to illustrate new facets to her personality including her grace selflessness and balance In the face of provocation hardship and finally tragedy – she stands tall unflinching in her support to her husband King Rawal Ratan Singh In the face of the eminent threat from Alauddin Khilji who sets his eyes on Chittor after his conuest of Gujarat Rawal Ratan Singh has only limited success in bringing together the kingdoms in the vicinity to resist him There is also a stroke of bad luck as the kingdom is further laid low by an epidemicWhile the end is tragic it is the memory of Rani Padmawati and Rawal Ratan Singh’s characters which endures The book also does well to bring Alauddin Khilji’s fascination for Rani Padmavati in a fairly balanced perspective devoid of hypeAs with her other books the writing is very good as are the incidents which shape the personalities of the characters There is a case though for the book to have been expansive by introducing further new material incidents and exposing inner thinking processes of its main characters to help us get closer to their soulsA book I certainly recommend for the strong narrative the depth of its characters and the impression it leaves about them I was given this book by the author in return for a honest reviewRani Padmavati is an interesting read The closest parallel I can find for it is an Amar Chitra Katha for adults That said I have read the original ACK comic on PadminiPadmavati too and I consider both of these versions to be eually good I am huge sucker for historical fiction and this book does not disappoint when it comes to weaving a story The story is fast paced and is in written in a nice and breezy manner It is just so easy to read All the characters are believable and are definitely not one dimensional Even the villain Allauddin Khilji is presented with some positive traits which is far better than making him a stereotypical villain The problem with the short length of the book is that there are abrupt transitions between scenes and some character developments are not explored fully This becomes noticeable towards the end But this is relatively minor given the other decent content in the bookOverall I recommend Rani Padmavati 35 stars for this edible piece of historyRe imagining a piece of written history especially with a lot of fill in the blanks between recorded events must be tough The difficulty comes from trying to portray characters that are glorifiedvilified in a light that makes sense The book is a commendable effort to bring to life Rani Padmavati the jewel of Chittor and the fate of the Indian resistance to Alauddin Khilji When it comes to characters we see glimpses of Rani Padmavati through her various stages as a child a bride a wife a ueen and a legend The challenge is in establishing in all the stages the makings of a legend and I think is achieved with reasonable success Ratan Rawal as the soft king of Chittor on the other hand doesn't really measure up to the adoration of the ueen Alauddin Khilji is probably the most balanced ambitious figure When it comes to the story it seems like a collage of events leading up to a historical event Therein lies the book's problem It is too inevitable without a glimmer of resilience Maybe that's how history played out but then why is it a story worth telling Today's sensibilities will not allow us to treat the story of Padamavati with so much relish The author has a good command over her language and the writing seems smooth I felt she has done justice to the narrative and reimagined parts on the romance between Ratan and Padma or the exchanges with her mother in law were cheeky and well presented And the simple prose and big fonts make it a easy read Not every life is worthy of a book or movie After reading her story I am not uite sure Rani Padmavati is book material Note The author provided a copy of this book for honest review Padmavati is the most beautiful ueen Chittor has ever had Everyone who sees her is enthralled by her grace and goodness When the greedy gaze of the Sultan ofDelhi Alauddin Khalji falls upon Chittor and its ueen Padmavati’s flawless beauty turns against her because it inspires both love and hate in eual measureBeset by the threat of an invasion and scheming political rivals who are envious of her immense popularity Rani Padmavati must rise to the demands of war and fight for everything she believes in This is the story of a remarkable woman who lived gently loved passionately and embraced her destiny with unmatched courage Review Rani Padmavati The Burning ueen written by Anuja Chandramouli was published in the year 2017 The books tells the story of a famous Rajasthan folklore revolving around Rani Padmavati Rawal Ratan and Alauddin KhaljiTitle Rani Padmavati – The Burning ueenAuthor Anuja ChandramouliLanguage EnglishPage Count 240Year of Publication November 2017Genre Fiction Historical FictionCharacters Rani Padmavati Rawal Ratan and Alauddin KhaljiRatings 3 starsBook Synopsis Rani Padmavati The Burning ueen GoodreadsPadmavati is the most beautiful ueen Chittor has ever had Everyone who sees her is enthralled by her grace and goodness When the greedy gaze of the Sultan of Delhi Alauddin Khalji falls upon Chittor and its ueen Padmavati’s flawless beauty turns against her because it inspires both love and hate in eual measureBeset by the threat of an invasion and scheming political rivals who are envious of her immense popularity Rani Padmavati must rise to the demands of war and fight for everything she believes in This is the story of a remarkable woman who lived gently loved passionately and embraced her destiny with unmatched courageBook Review Rani Padmavati – The Burning ueenRani Padmavati by Anuja Chandramouli is an average readRani Padmavati The Burning ueen is a retelling of a legendary Rajasthan ueen Padmavati also known as Padmini who was known for her beauty She was considered as an incarnation of goddess LakshmiThe story starts with the assassination of Jalaluddin Khilji by his own son in law Alauddin Khilji and becomes the sultan of Delhi Alauddin’s only intention is to conuer and would go to any length to achieve it Soon the Rajputs starts forming an alliance through marriages to defeat the Sultan One such alliance is Rawal Rajput and Padmavati Will there marriage serve the purpose of out throwing Alauddin Khilji or will Padmavati become a fuel to the already burning pyreTo get the answers you have to read “Rani Padmavati The Burning ueen”Okay with too much of expectations I started with the book and the starting of the book really engrossed me but by the time I reached the uarter of the book I was exhausted The story pace had slowed down to a snail pace and it was tough for me continue itI wish the pace was steady But what I loved about the book most is the author knows what she wants and delivers it effortlessly She has a given us a glimpse of Rani Padmavati through out her life From a adolescent to a burning ueen you see the transformation More thing which should be noted here is the command over the language the author has Though the book is titled “Rani Padmavati The Burning ueen” the author Anuja Chandramouli treats the readers with the thoughts of Alauddin KhiljiThe book is an one time an average read If you are a historical buff then go ahead and grab a copy I rate this book 3 starsAbout the AuthorAnuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist Her highly acclaimed debut novel Arjuna Saga of a Pandava Warrior Prince was named by India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013 Kamadeva The God of Desire and Shakti The Divine Feminine are her other bestsellers Currently all three books are being translated into Hindi Marathi Gujarathi and Bengali a real achievement for one so young Her epic fantasies called Yama’s Lieutenant and its seuel has received an overwhelming responseHer newest books are on Kartikeya Padmavati and Prithviraj ChauhanAn accomplished orator she regularly conducts workshops on Creative Writing Story Telling and Mythology in schools colleges and various other platforms

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