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Book Review: Prithviraj Chauhan by Anuja Chandramouli

Prithviraj Chauhan was destiny’s chosen one, singled out for glory and greatness. During the course of an extraordinary life, he transcended the limits imposed on mortals and achieved Godlike luster. The conquering hero dreamed of a united land where peace prevailed over war and love over hate.

Princess Samyukta loved him from afar, and when Prithviraj Chauhan claimed her for his own, defying the wrath of an implacable foe, their happiness was complete. Victorious in love and war, Prithviraj Chauhan was soon to discover that success came with a terrible price – trouble, treachery and tragedy. What happened next? Read the tale of the legendary warrior who lives on in the hearts of those who remember his unmatched valor and timeless heroism. 

Having grown up reading Amar Chitra Katha comics, Prithviraj Chauhan was a name to reckon with since early childhood. The valiant king who was also a passionate lover, has been the hero of many legends. Thanks to the popular television series a decade ago, the tales around the mighty warrior also kept growing.

Anuja Chandramouli’s book explores the hitherto unknown facets of his character. His childhood, the political power play, the foreign invasion, and even his love story with Princess Samyukta, are detailed throughout the pages, however, with an intelligent retelling. Apart from the main characters in the story, several behind-the-scenes players (like Kanchanadevi and Karpuradevi) emerge in the narrative, who drive the tale forward.

The transformation of Prithviraj’s character from a innocent prince into a ruthless warrior and benevolent ruler was a treat to read. The lucid writing, and the natural free-flowing text accentuates the twists in the plot, so much so that you keep turning pages, eager to know what happens next (although, the ultimate fate of Prithviraj is known to us all).

The success of a historical fiction lies in the balancing act while fictionalising characters we have encountered in history books. A dash of thrill here and a touch of drama there makes for a the recipe of a captivating read. Anuja Chandramouli’s ‘Prithviraj Chauhan’ achieves that good mix.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

P.S. The review copy of the book was provided by the author


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