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Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Amish is a 1974-born, IIM (Kolkata)-educated, boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions. Amish’s books have sold more than 5.5 million copies and have been translated into over 19 languages.
- File Size : 1922 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 344 pages
- Publisher : Westland (20 June 2020)
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B07DLWZ2L1
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #67 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A small time prince of a subaltern clan, Suhel Dev loses his elder brother in the ghastly desecration of Somnath temple by Muhammad of Ghazni. To add to his troubles, he sees local kings fall to the threats and bribes of invading marauders. Can the angry young warrior grow into a leader who can unite the children of Mother India to fight against the Turkish hordes?
Care has been given in crafting the minor characters. The story is woven to give a glimpse of historical heroes who have not been given their due by the marxist curriculum writers who have told us the history of invaders instead of that of the sons and daughters of India. I personally loved the role of Rajendra Chola and really hope that
Team Amish would write a full length book on the Chola King. I also liked the philosophical discussions that spanned Buddhism, Sufism, moderate Islam and the extremist Islam which is no more than a tool in the hands of power hungry monsters. The storytelling has very well differentiated between true valour and marauding monstrosity and shed light on outdated principles. In a way, it is an emphasis on the need for India to update herself as Apad-Dharma.
The Legend of Suhel Dev is just a tip of the iceberg of the vast Indian history that we have NOT been told about. I wish the Writers Centre brings in many more of such stories about the true heroes and heroines of Bharat. This is the kind of a book you would want to gift any young reader enthusiastic about history of India.
Suheldev is a young boy who becomes a man when patriotism calls. This book teaches us a lot of thing like unity. It tells us that it does not matter what our backgrounds are. What matters is that we should all have the same objective. Nobody should be scared to fight against what is wrong. What brought these people together was the unending inspiration and motivation showered on the people by Suheldev. It was almost like everybody heart was brimming with patriotism every time he spoke. I also like the spirit of womanhood shown through the back. You can see the growth in the characters all through the book. The way people protect what they believe is strongly emphasised. The devotion to the god is spoken about specifically. Some people work hard toward victory and keep trying and know that what they do never goes in vain. Some people join the wrong side just because they are too scared to fight for what they believe in. I loved reading this book and would recommend this to everyone. I have asked my parents to buy me Sita by the same author.
The main three characters were loosely inspired from RobinHood and his comrades.
Whoever has read robin hood will find a subtle similarity.
The final battle was based on 300 movie. ( BOTH PARTS)
The author tried to infuse religion and patriotism. Love chemistry was deliberately introduced. I would really love if author could introduce a map of ancient India, so as to get a good grasp of setting. There were not many twists in the story. The author however gives a hint about his upcoming project . However it'll be a great read for readers who have a weak grasp of history. I have read almost 150 books comprising of almost all genres. This book will be a disappointment for hardcore readers like me.
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1. The writing – The book is written in trademark Amish style, impeccable and captivating. If you are an Amish fan, then you know what I m talking about. If not, then let me tell you this – the way he writes makes the book unputdownable.
2. The Characters – I liked all the characters of the book – Suheldev, Toshani, Abdul, Govardhan, Aslan and Ashwagosh. But I would also like to say that the characters of the book are typical Amish characters i.e. noble prince, warrior princess, loyal friends and devotees. I love this character mix and it isn’t a negative point, yet. I would also agree with people who find it repetitive.
3. Ideological Statements – Any Amish book is filled with Hindu Ideology which is centered around duty, karma and honour. I must admit that a lot of my knowledge and understanding of true Hinduism come from Amish’s book. This book is also filled with such Ideologies of the love for one’s motherland, code of war, duty towards one’s motherland and equality of all religions. The book also talks about some concepts of Sufism and Buddhism. The one fact which shocked me the most was Turks were followers of Buddhism before getting converted to Islam. I did fact search on this and it is true!
4. The Immortal Writers group – The author Amish has formed a writer’s group who collectively help the author write the book. The idea of the story was by Amish, but a larger part of the writing was done by this writer’s group which was later revised and checked by the author himself. I really appreciate the author for giving new writers a chance and guidance.
1. Predictability – I was able to guess every major plot points and plot twists of the book. I always knew what was coming. This made the book boring and I started rushing through the book to finish it for the sake of it.
2. Too many political statements – The book tackles too many political statements like – Hindus vs Muslims, Indian Muslims vs Turkic Muslims, Sufi Muslims vs Other sects of Muslims, infighting within India, evils of the caste system and LGBT. The author and his writer’s team didn’t do a good job in tackling and presenting all these issues. In some places it had a propaganda-ish feel and in other places, the gravity of the issue wasn’t well presented. I don’t think a gay love story in the 11th century between two Muslims would be so easily accepted within their community and the world. It is 21st century and people are still struggling for it.
3. Unanswered plot point – What was Ashwagoshs secret? The author does not say if the book is going to be a series or not. So, if I assume that it's not a series then why bring up a plot point and not solve it in the end?
Personally, this book felt like a promise unfulfilled. I expected better.
My rating – 7/10
Well written and enthralling just like all other books by him yet.
I feel that the Ramayan trilogy need a conclusive book with the end of Ravana and Ram's kingdom to be restored so would be waiting for that book too.