Guns and Glories : Rajputana Chronicles Hardcover – 2016
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This is an important collection of stories by Pratap Singh Mehta for any reader interested in the full range of historical viewpoints in Rajasthan's cultural heritage. Often portrayed as a land of uncritical religiosity, camels and sand, Commander Mehta brings out Rajasthan's long tradition of scepticism, doubt and critical reasoning including a considerable religious tolerance. Each story is logically broken down in anecdotal format with relevant paintings and pictures. The book is beautifully written and each story is a joy to read. A wide range of Rajputana's valiant, philosophic and cultural contributions by the lesser known nobles of the Bachhawat clan is comprehensively covered.
Anupam Kher, Film Actor, Producer and Director adds, "Commander Mehta goes back in time and comes up with a book that celebrates our culture and legacy through some really insightful anecdotes from the great Rajputana. He takes the reader on an informal journey where he is not afraid of getting off the highways of history and taking them through the bylanes of Rajputana heritage where we find some incredible, yet untold stories of valour and morality at their most educating and entertaining levels."
Talking more about his coffee table book, Mehta says, "Rajputana Chronicles: Guns & Glories - The thousand-year story of the Bachhawat clan, could perhaps be essential reading for anyone seriously interested to know how states in Rajputana were governed and her heritage. This book reverberates with great kings like Maharana Pratap, Emperor Akbar and the visionary Prime Ministers like Karam Chand Bachhawat (Bikaner) and Rai Pannalal Mehta (Mewar)."
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Unlike the usual Family Trees which include only the male members (agates) this book includes the female members and their descendants as well (cognates). The main idea was to provide the relations, particularly the younger generation, an idea of who is who and related to whom and how.
Histories often tell tales about elites, warriors, king and their dynasties, but what this book brings to you, is the lesser known tale of the nobles, ministers and citizens who actively formulated policies and created a functioning society, and made sacrifices unknown to us. Commander Pratap Singh Mehta has soulfully put together a series of anecdotal stories with sound research and artifacts that unravel fascinating information about Raputana history, Mewar, and the Bachhawat clan. The book delves into fascinating detail with acuity and caution. I found myself having an enriched mind after reading this book, as far as Indian history, culture and is concerned. Capt. Mehta has written and put together this book with love, care, pride and thought. A royal read indeed! - Ishaa C
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