- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789353040239
- ISBN-13: 978-9353040239
- ASIN: 935304023X
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Padmavat: An Epic Love Story Paperback – 20 May 2018
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Purushottam Agrawal is a New Delhi based writer and literary historian. He works on Bhakti, spirituality without religion and India’s organic early modernity which, he argues, was halted in its tracks by colonization. His work draws upon sources in Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Urdu, Braj and Awadhi.
His book on Kabir, Akath Kahani Prem Ki: Kabir ki Kavita aur Unka Samay (2009) is considered a contemporary classic and won the first Rajkamal Kriti Samman.
He is a well-known public intellectual, lending his voice to newspaper and television debates. He is a contributing editor at The Quint.
Devdutt Pattanaik writes and lectures on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He has written over 700 articles in newspapers and thirty books, which include the bestselling Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management and My Gita. His shows on television include Business Sutra and Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik. He lives in Mumbai.
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When we start reading, we come to know this book is not only translation of the verses, but also their historical interpretation. The author knew he was working with a poem that falls in the "twilight zone of history and fantasy". Hence explanation of the period, social and political aspects as well as Jayasi's persona was necessary along with the story of Padmavati, Ratansen and the parrot, where an agressive invader plays the role of a rogue elephant in the lotus clump.
Illustrations make the book even more attractive. In fact the natural expressiveness of apparently simple drawing created perfect harmony here. Thanks to the author and illustrator for planning this book.
Author's name: Purushottam Agarwal
Publisher: Rupa publications
My rating: 4/5
It's been almost 500 years since Malik Mohammed Jyasai has written his famous poem Padmavat and still after all these years some people are still interested in the legend of beautiful princess Padmavati and her love story. This book written by Purushottam Agarwal, illustrated by Devdutt Pattanaik is a beautiful and detailed interpretation of the poem.
It was a great experience reading about heroics of Gora and Badal, divine love of Raja Rawal Ratansingh and Simhal princess Padmavati, jealousy of his first wife Nagmati and unending lust of Allauddin for the princess. The beautiful illustrations were cherry on the cake. This book was not what I expected, another fiction novel on Padmavati but an interpretation of the original poem written by Jayasi. Jayasi has beautifully portrayed in this poem the perfect amalgamation of fiction and reality. He has described some events and places as divine while on the other hand, he has described all the human and effects in as much detail as possible. From delicious cuisines to feasts, from the long route of Chittor to Simhal to simple catfights between two wives of Ratansingh everything has been given the utmost detailed explanation in his poem.
As the original poem's is language is quite difficult to understand so I found this book really useful in understanding the content of the poem. The cover page of the book is simple and decorated with an illustration of Padmavati holding her dear parrot Hiraman in her hand who played a vital role in the mating of Ratansen and Padmavati. This book is a really good catch for those who are interested in the history of Padmavati.