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Journalist Mrinalini Rao is on an investigative trail to discover whether Padmavati the ueen of Chittor actually existed or was she only a le. It s not easy to write about a character that has courted controversy much less while in the thick of controversy Sutapa Basu accomplishes the feat as though dusting a feather of her shoulder casually but intriguingly and in the most insightful ways at that The legendary ueen may be known by some for her beauty but her gutsy gritty and strong outlook on life her capacity to stand shoulder to shoulder while standing armed and ready to take on combat and her penchant for touching wisdom make her an enduring character fictional or otherwise Sutapa captures all these and that extra element that hasn t verbiage to bridle down to a name included The talking parrot Ginni feels like a worthy fellow traveller while Ambika s unwavering sense of dedication as a confidante is a surreal yet realistic essay on the nuanced things that friendship and kinship are On the face of it Sutapa takes you on a journey that unpacks the age old uestion of whether beauty and elegance in the eyes of a beholder are but a curse of the one so beheld but the real uestions that stand evoked are the challenges to the strength of character be it Raghav Chetna s cunning or Alauddin Khilji s lustful ways there are challenges in every corner It took me some time to digest the virtuosity attributed to Padmavati and the premium placed on chastity being a feminist but when it did sink in that it was a portrayal and not a glorification of morality it hit home hard as an incredible narrative Sutapa is a phenomenal storyteller and having had the chance to read her other written works I couldn t help but find glimpses of the author s persona in Mrinalini the journo Wait for the end That s where the real gift lies

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Padmavati The ueen tells her own story

Gend created by poets Who was Padmavati the ueen of Chittor What does history tell of her Where did she come from What kind of life did she l. Predating the release of the controversial Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie Padmaavat that had a whole nation debating the significance of the story behind the making of the movie rather than the movie itself the book Padmavati itself focuses on two voices set in different eras a Mrinalini the journalist who in the present day seeks to discover whether there ever existed a character named Padmavati andb the ueen of Chittor herself as she journeys from adjusting to life after marriage in a different country to making a decision that would etch her name forever as a legendWhat does Mrinalini discover in Chittorgarh What do her conversations with Uma a local village girl offer her in her uest for the truth What made Padmavati choose the steps she tookWhat stands out in this bookThe author does not sugarcoat the harrowing reality of our pastThis book in my opinion stand far above the much feted movie simply because it does not try to appease any side This matters because at the end of the day we are dealing with a controversial topic like Jauhar a honourable suicide You get to see the doubts and the dismay the uncertainty and the thought process that would lead a Princess and her fellow women to consider such a drastic step rather than succumb to being slaves to the invading ruler Khilji Yes there is a code of conduct at that time that demanded the tradition be followed but it was no easy decision for any human being to makeWell fleshed out charactersWhether it be Padmavati of Sri Lanka before she became a ueen her Rajasthan king Ratan Singh the scheming ways of Khilji or difference in traditions the story allows enough time for you to see various nuances of these characters You can see their evolution from their first appearance to their final moments and how their choices alter over timeHistorical fiction done rightA scholar herself author Sutapa Basu has researched well for her story I was freuently surprised to find out new tidbits about this legend I thought I knew aboutPaceThis is uite a uick read I finished it over the course of a single night and totally enjoyed itLanguageHer thirty year career in the literary field includes being an editor and publisher and has seen Sutapa Basu work with Oxford University Press India and Encyclopaedia Britannica in addition to publishing over 400 books She also was one of the First Prize winners in Season 1 of India s largest literary contest Write India beating out over 25000 entries that year to win So ya trust me she knows how to keep you hooked with her wordsThe use of Mrinalini is inspired giving us a voice in this era who has the same doubts and ueries we do about this legendary tale The author has no trouble moving between the past and present while offering multiple viewpoints and arguments on this topicFor all the hype that the legend of Padmavati had in India in 2017 18 the movie did not really delve into the minds of its characters offering two dimensional portrayals that painted sides as black and white The book Padmavati by Sutapa Basu offers far better insights than the movie Padmaavat into what could have occurred and the events that conspired to reach that ending we know

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Ead How did she have the courage to jump willingly into fire Mrinalini goes to Chittorgarh to discover the truth What does she really discove. While the country was raging on about the so called disrespect of the valorous ueen Padmini or Padmavati Sutapa Basu penned a beautiful tale about the stunning Rajput ueen Though a SriLankan by birth the ueen adapts beautifully to the new customs and traditions of the Rajputs The author has woven a lovely tale around the original story of the battle that ensued between the Rawal of Chittor and the duplicitous Khilji We all know how regressive the customs in those times were The author gives you an insider s preview of how the Jauhar consumes human lives in the name of honor Though I certainly do not agree to the custom of Sati I did feel utter dismay at the distress those women would have felt when they had to choose between an honorable death and a life of humiliation and violence as Khilji s sex slave A harrowing reality of those times While I was reading the descriptions something inside me shrivelledI felt immense sorrow for the ueen her best friend and the Rawal So many feelings and so many emotions I must confess at this point that I did guess a few points which were later revealed in the book What I loved about the book 1 The research the author seems to have done some good research in unearthing facts and statistics which lend immense credibility to her narrative 2 The flow the way the narrative flows easily smoothly it takes you easily to SriLanka then to the arid Rajasthan kingdom and as smoothly you find yourself rooting for the brave Rawal while he fights the Afghan invader 3 Characterisation Sutapa has fleshed out the characters very well It has a great looking cover as well I liked it enough to recommend it


10 thoughts on “Padmavati The ueen tells her own story

  1. says:

    Synopsis The book starts with a prologue describing a scene of 'jauhar' in its gruesome and gory detailThe story then starts with Mrinalini Rao a senior journalist who is at Chittorgarh Chittor Fort at the behest of her boss to extricate fac

  2. says:

    It's not easy to write about a character that has courted controversy much less while in the thick of controversy Sutapa Basu accomplishes the feat as though dusting a feather of her shoulder casually but intriguingly and in the most insightful ways at that The legendary ueen may be known by some for her beauty but her gutsy gritty and strong outlook on life her capacity to stand shoulder to shoulder while standing arme

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    Historical fiction as a genre is sadly not very well developed in India Despite having a rich history we rarely venture to explore the characters This book tells us why so Almost entirely lacking in research the story may be good fiction but there is very little history in it Padmavati instead of appearing as a flesh and blood character is depicted as a demigoddess She is beautiful virtuous talented in strategy ethica

  4. says:

    Title Padmavati – The ueen tells her own storyAuthor Sutapa BasuPages 290 pagesPublisher ReadomaniaGenre Historical FictionSUMMARYT

  5. says:

    Predating the release of the controversial Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie 'Padmaavat' that had a whole nation debating the significance of the story behind the making of the movie rather than the movie itself the book Padmavati

  6. says:

    “Description begins in the writer's imagination but should finish in the reader's” Sutapa Basu has created a flawless channel of communication in her book Padmavati with her intelligent narration elouent use of language and vivid expression toggling between the past and the present effortlessly Padmavati took me places; from the idyllic tropical heaven Singhaldweep where people rejoice in nature’s bountiful bles

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    From the prolific publishing house of Readomania comes another winner timely and topical in the milieu of all the controversy that a yet to be released film has generatedThis review eschews historicity and the strife seems pointless for this alluring beauty who may have well been the creative liberty of a poet rather than a well entrenched and accepted character of yesteryearsThe word Padmavati is having or holding lotus

  8. says:

    While the country was raging on about the so called disrespect of the valorous ueen Padmini or Padmavati Sutapa Basu penned a beautiful tale about the stunning Rajput ueen Though a SriLankan by birth the ueen adapts beautifully to the new customs and traditions of the Rajputs The author has woven a lovely tale around the original story of the battle that ensued between the Rawal of Chittor and the duplicitous K

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    Have you ever felt a duality of eually strong emotions for a subject Jauhar or Sati for me has been one such issue The staunch feminist in me rejects the very idea of this one sided practice while the romantic that resides alongside that feminist can understand that kind of love It is a push and pull that will go on for the rest of my days I know Hence it was with trepidation that I picked up the book Who will

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    Historical fiction is not an easy genre to write because not only it reuires a lot of research but it also reuires a tone which is not easy to get The writer has to put a lot of things in perspective the settings the clothes the mannerisms the rules and regulations of the time the way people addressed each other war seuences and the everyday ongoings of an entirely different society It's a lot of research as compared t