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Muhammad Bin Tughlaq: Tale of a Tyrant Kindle Edition
About the Author
Anuja 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 Amazon India as one of the top five books in the Indian-writing category for 2013. Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine and Yama's Lieutenant are her other bestsellers.
Anuja's 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 on various other platforms.
This happily married mother of two little girls lives in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, and is a student of classical dance. She is currently hard at work on her new book along, aided along by her two trustworthy friends: caffeine and yoga.
Twitter handle: @anujamouli
- ASIN : B07RMYDJDB
- Publisher : Ebury Press (10 May 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2544 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 219 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,480 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As one can expect from Anuja's pen, her story of Muhammad Bin Tughlaq (Jaunna in his younger days) is told with verve and wit. We are given a background of Jaunna's world, to the violence, intrigue and darkness which was part of the Delhi sultanate. Jaunna is portrayed as an idealistic brave youth, but with moral paradoxes at an early age. He loathes his erstwhile rulers for their barbaric excesses, and resolves to abstain from such pursuits, but has a streak of cruelty, reserved for those who he deems as 'traitors' which included his soldiers, nobles and citizens. Anuja writes of a king who longed to change the world, but seldom had his feet on the ground, and descended into the same paroxysm of violence, intrigue and fear which he swore he would never be part of.
The book is well researched, and littered with historical anecdotes from Barani, the court historian and Ibn Batutta, interestingly enough who was part of Tughlaq's court. Much of the information was new to me, who knew Tughlaq only as the force behind that ill-fated capital shift. The Sultan's court is full of interesting characters, the Khwaja, Najib, Barani, his mother, and his unwilling wife Saira. I never knew that Tughlaq was a man fascinated by modern technology and progress, and undertook steps to help the general populace of his empire. That they ended in failure, due to administrative corruption and hubris, is a lesson for leaders everywhere.
We come away with a little more understanding of a man who lived on the knife's edge in treacherous times, and may have been full of contradictions in an attempt to control an unstable and dangerous world. Heartily recommend this book, you will be inspired to dig a little deeper into our rich history. Happy reading !
If you are expecting a scholarly account of Tughlaq and his times, with new research aside from the classical sources such as Batuta, Barani, or Isami, this is not the book for you.
Ms. Chandramouli’s Tughlaq reads like a mix of a script looking askance at Bollywood, a nearly there Karnad and a far less researched Dalrymple in its style. History lessons for the lot brought up on a fare of Chetan Bhagats.
Her prose and imagination though is nearly elevated. Who even uses the phrase ‘might and main’ these days!!
Personally I think, this Tughlaq could have been a world class epic. All the ingredients are there. The treatment is a bit hurried along.
For example; the reasons why South was invaded, the immediate motivations are not addressed. Or the loss to Mewar, and the months spent imprisoned there; no mention.
Highly entertaining, all in all. One-sitting read for a lazy day.