TITLE – The Burning Queen – RANI PADMAVATI
Author – ANUJA CHANDRAMOULI
PUBLICATION HOUSE – JUGGERNAUT
PRICE – 299/-
No. of PAGES – 226
ISBN – 978-93-8622-852-9
I received the book in mid of the January and I was dealing with the fracture in my left foot. When I opened the package, I found the book with a super beautiful, pink cover page (I just loved it simply). It was just too attractive. One thing which was revolving in my mind after looking the title was – Karni Sena. The movie Padamavat was about to release and many people were protesting against that. Honestly, I don’t read newspapers, neither I watch stupid news channels, but it was the red-hot topic at that time. On the other hand, no matter how much I blabber about my love for Indian History, The truth is, I don’t know much about the subject. So, I was excited to read that book, cover to cover, but yes, I had two more Anuja Mam’s book lying on my shelf to be read and reviewed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New-Age classicist. Her previous works—Shakti: The Divine Feminine and Kamadeva: The God of Desire have been highly acclaimed. Her articles, short stories, and book reviews have appeared in various publications like Femina, Women’s Era, Lonely Planet, The Hindu and The New Indian Express. An accomplished orator, Chandramouli regularly conducts storytelling sessions and workshops on creative writing, empowerment, and mythology in schools, colleges, and various other platforms. She is a happily married mother of two girls and is a student of classical dance and a practitioner of yoga.
Chandramouli is based in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Padmavati is the most beautiful queen 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 queen, Padmavati’s flawless beauty turns against her, because it inspires both love and hate in equal measure.
Beset 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.
Let me be very honest while writing this. The story of Rani Padmavati has its own charm. It is a story which is filled with love, sacrifices, compromises and description of an attitude that no matter what happens, one should never kneel down in front of his or her enemy. The story will make you fall in love with some characters and make you hate some of them. It will make you sad or even make you cry at times, but I guarantee you, you can’t leave the book in between.
Anuja’s writing skill is commendable and deserves a bow. I mean, we have read about Khilji in our History books. They taught us about his contributions and victories, but bringing up a story and too so beautifully, is worth appreciating. She puts life and breath in the characters through her narration and the reader feel that he or she is there in the book, watching everything through his or her own eyes. Kartikeya and Prithviraj Chauhan were good, But this one is my personal favourite now. The Characterisation was amazing. The Narration is outstanding. The language is catchy. So, I simply loved it.
BOOK V/S MOVIE
Let me talk about the movie first. Undoubtedly, it took Hindi Cinema to a next level and the way the characters were portrayed has a charm in itself. But what I feel is, it’s more of a depiction of Barbarian nature of Khilji rather than showcasing the character of Rani Padmavati.
On the other hand, the book revolves around Rani Padmavati. Her childhood, the way she got married, her intellect and knowledge, and most importantly, her compromises. She is bold and a quick decision maker.
The Movie and the book are totally different, except some historical Incidences. Both have their own charm, but I feel that the movie has certain hard to believe facts and I feel, it’s more of a work of fiction. The book makes you believe that yes, this is what actually happened. I found some magic in its narration.
I have already written enough in the praise of the book. it’s a must-read for all the history lovers as well as anyone who likes reading fables. I promise you, it will give you that long-lasting impact (I call it Hang-over, for obvious reasons 🙂 ).