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The Legend of Genghis Khan: Untold Story of the Conqueror Paperback – 20 Sep 2018
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An author, poet and publishing consultant, Sutapa Basu is a compulsive bookworm and an irrepressible story teller. A thirty-year old professional career as teacher, editor and publisher has seen her traipsing across the vast Indian subcontinent with short detours into nearby Nepal and Bhutan and not-so-nearby Dubai and the United States while working with Oxford University Press, India and Encyclopædia Britannica, South Asia until she decided to strike out on her own.
Sutapa is an Honours scholar from Tagore’s Visva-Bharti University, Santiniketan and holds a teaching as well as a masters degree in English Literature.
As a publisher, Sutapa has developed and published around 400 books. Her debut novel, Dangle, a psychological thriller, was published by Readonamia in 2016. In the same year, her short story was awarded the First Prize in the Times of India’s nation-wide WriteIndia Contest. Her last book, Padmavati, has been winning hearts all over the country. She has co-authored Crossed and Knotted awarded ‘India’s First Composite Novel’ by Limca Book of Records. Her shorts have been published in Defiant Dreams, When, They Spoke and WriteIndia Stories. Kaafiyana and The Dawn Beyond Waste, two poetry anthologies carries her poetry.
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The whole pace of the story was good and not dragged. I started the book during my peak business season and just could not put it down. Stayed up till 3am and finished it in 2 days-nights.
This book, however, is not sketchy, but in fact, a well-researched and in-depth story about what made him the great emperor of Mongol.
The book takes off to a gruesome start (consider this an advance warning so you can brace yourself, but let it not deter you from reading it), taking the reader right in the thick of an ongoing siege, and even as the bloodshed takes places between the pages the narration is such that it keeps you hooked, unable to do much else except cringe and read on.
This sentiment and the taut pace continues throughout the book, making it an extremely engrossing read, especially when it comes to describing a world long gone, and yet, one that exists all around us. It makes one pause and ponder whether we’ve really evolved as a species or are we as barbaric as the Khan even today.
Give this book a read–whether or not you’re a history enthusiast-not just for its exceptional story-telling but also to explore the ‘untold story’ of the most powerful and fearsome ruler in all of history.
Historical Fiction - a tough genre to crack and make it entertaining too - A tricky marriage of fact and imagination - Sutapa Basu, very lovingly and painstakingly fleshes out staid historical figures, imbibes them with emulating worthy traits and frailties, thereby making them very relatable and utterly reachable. In her new book, she pens the story of Genghis Khan, bringing him back to life.
Genghis Khan, in popular perception, is considered to be an errant tyrant who had wreaked havoc with mass executions, in the lands he had conquered. Is he a savage or a savant? A mystic or a marauder?
As we go through her prolific prose, we realize that Genghis considered himself to be destiny’s child whose call was to unify the nomadic tribes and create a vast Mongol Empire. He practiced meritocracy and encouraged religious tolerance. Women played a great role in molding him and women held important posts in his reign.
A standout aspect of Sutapa Sa’s superlative writing is her superior command over the language. What a pleasure to read her descriptions! She paints verbal pictures with apt words. So much to learn from this erudite writer.
Kudos to Sutapa Sa for making this much-maligned monarch an engaging human. Go pick a copy. You surely wouldn’t be disappointed.
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