- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Readomania (2 December 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9385854569
- ISBN-13: 978-9385854569
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
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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 Encyclopedia 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.
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 as well as Muse India and Different Truths carries her poetry. Her poetry, short stories and features have been published online by the TOI Blog, Readomania.com, UnBound, The World News Project and Café Dissensus, USA. She has edited Chronicles of Urban Nomads, Crossed and Knotted and Rudraksha published by Readomania as well as Mountains to Manhattan, pub Omji Publishing and In Their Own Words, a nonfictional book.
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Synopsis: Mrinalini Rao is an investigative journalist who embarks on a quest to bring about the truth of Rani Padmavati, the Queen of Chittor and perhaps the most enchanting face on the mother Earth. The folklores have piqued her curiosity much already, as she read and gorged on all the documents she could lay her hands on. But, none could give her what Chittorgarh Fort would. That’s because lay beneath its womb were countless tales, untold since ages. At the fort, she meets Uma, a local girl, who then catapults her to an unfathomable life changing experience. One, which Mrinalini never concocted even in her wildest dreams. Uma, convinces Mrinalini that she has the key to ‘Padma-wali’ a written document, which had allegedly been penned by Rani Padmavati herself centuries back, in a bid to make the world know her true story. This left the journo flummoxed beyond words. Uma, then goes on to narrate an odyssey, which starts at Singhaldweep and ends with ‘Jauhar’ at the Chittor Fort, Mrinalini is left in a state of stupefaction, and perhaps much more. But, did she step upon the answers she was looking for, is what Padmavati is all about.
Narration: Interesting and appealing. The author chose what I call a narrative dichotomy. The chapters are carefully divided into past and present, that lends a superfluous read without any ambiguity. But, what makes the read interesting is the subtle juxtaposition of ‘fiction’ and ‘non-fiction’. There are times when the blend is so seamless that you are kind left wondering, “did it really happen?” For eg. ‘Padma-wali’. While a part of you understands and wants to believe that it could be just be a fragment of the author’s imagination, a part will keep nudging- ‘Is there really a ‘Padma-wali’ hidden somewhere? The voices are powerful and convincing. And, that cajoles you to believe even the unthinkable. A tussle between the heart and the mind brews that lays an imploring texture to the plot. Author Sutapa Basu has constructed a wonderful narrative in Padmavati, making it a pleasurable read in every sense.
Language: If there is anything that makes author Sutapa Basu a magnificent writer, it is undoubtedly her deftness with language. She plays with it, like a child plays with his toys. Effortless !! In Padmavati too, her language steals the show. The author chose her words and phrases prudently, without losing its lustre. When Mrinalini and Uma spoke, the choice of diction was simple, lucid, colloquial, uncomplicated and laymanish. But, as soon as the narration drifted to the Rawals and Ranis, it was much decorated, ornate, and full of imageries, that instantly ships you to the bygone era in a blink. You can actually feel the difference. The language, in short, helps the reader to move back and forth without any head break. Pick up any line of the text, and you know what, where and on whom it is placed. Classy indeed.
Characters: Padmavati is not entirely a work of fiction. And, it goes without saying that a lot in this book comes from deep research of historical archives. So, let the past be untouched. But, as far the fictitious ones are concerned, they are crafted skilfully. Mrinalini and Uma were distinct in their portrayal. Identifiable. And, even the miss and blink old keeper of the fort too stands unforgettable. There is a strange air of enigma in the characters that the author produced in this piece, which again makes the read thrilling.
What could have been better?
I cannot spot anything that is clinically wrong in this piece other than the fact that, about half way through, the narration appeared to be slightly dragged and tedious. It was repetitive at few points, without the story moving forward. It was rushed too at some parts. I guess, the edits could have been a shade better there.
Well, I picked up the book ‘Padmavati’ to know the truth, if there was any. With the clamour outside about Queen Padmavati’s honor and existence, and a total collapse of the mere sense of judgement, ‘Padmavati- The Queen Tells Her Own Story’ by Sutapa Basu was like holding on to the last strand of hope. To me, this historic novel is an honest attempt to answer several of those questions that had crawled and collided in my mind umpteen times. And, it does. It answers several ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ with conviction. And, what it leaves you with in abundance is a subtle feeling of awe and despair nudging your heart, alternately. Pick up, if you are a sucker of history. A must read, indeed !
That is probably more important if it deals with medieval India.
The period between the coming of the Arabs and the Turks and the end of the Mughal Empire continues to remain a deeply controversial era. Some consider it to be the golden age of Islam in South Asia. Others view it as the age that saw the irreversible decline of the ancient Hindu glory.
In our time, the later school of thought seems to be attracting more adherents.
Basu, with her considerable flair for story-telling, has done a good job.
An enjoyable read.
I see many writers today can come up with great stories, but there isn't much happening in the language front. But Sutapa has a way with words that makes her writing all the more wholesome.
I almost gave this book 5 stars but a just a couple of characters and incidents that I couldn't totally connect to stop me from doing so. However, these don't take away much from the book and reading it was certainly a cherishable experience.
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