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Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji Hardcover – 15 Jun 2018
Hardcover, 15 Jun 2018
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Manu S. Pillai is a writer based in London. His book the Ivory Throne won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2017. Formerly chief of staff to MP Shashi Tharoor, he is also a columnist at Mint Lounge. His writing has appeared in the Hindu, Hindustan Times, Open magazine and other publications. Rebel Sultans is Manu’s second book.
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The book is definitely a not a magisterial account of that era nor does it claim to be but it does dwell into few interesting facets of these splinter kingdoms, each of which had an apogee under an enlightened and a benign ruler but for the vicissitudes of time, each perished or rather imploded because of inherent internal dissension or was crushed under mughal juggernaut .
This book is highly recommended for any history afficandio who I am sure if he is not an acadmecian may have been barely exposed to this gala of extravagency and impetuousity of these rebel kingdoms that ruled for over two centuries the lands of Deccan.
- Yes, this is indeed "pop history" as someone on GR put, simplified for an audience without the patience to dig through academic tomes but yet backed up with an impressive set of references for those who do dare look things up and give us a certain amount of confidence. 99% of us won't though...
- Most of us have heard of all of these characters in the history we learnt in school. Most of us also wouldn't be able to draw a dynasty other than the Mughal's straight with it all being a jumbled mess. What this book does is to at least create that high level structure in your mind and set the 'context' - you do now know who is in who's team, or which are the teams even...
- It is however easy (and tempting) to get lost in the details beyond a point. I almost wanted those summary boxes ("Key Points") we had in our school textbooks somewhere in the narrative.
- Yes, the fact that kings did not divide on religious lines in that era is a very relevant point to emphasize and take away. Also yes, this was repeated a few times too many perhaps.
- Maps. The book needed more maps. Lots of them. To be able to connect history to the geography of today is one of the best ways to make it come alive no?
- The dry humour and irreverence in general is a most excellent way of writing history. Yeh dil maange more.
- To have 2 full books out before you're 28 just makes the rest of us feel bad about our lives... :-)
Author has made it a interesting read by spicing up with short stories & references. It is a well researched book but as with all historical books, author couldn’t escape from personal biases & prejudices, while analysing certain situations & events. It is natural when facts are put to analysis.
People can have different perspectives for different situations. Like he tried to question proprietary of Vijay Nagar Kings, as champions of Hindu cause & several such things. He looked biased & prejudiced & believed that everywhere, all & non law applies. He forgot that a bigot like Aurangzeb had Mirza Jai Singh , a Rajput chieftain, as his commander in Deccan campaigns. It was Jai Singh, who forced ShivaJi to come to a negotiating table.
Starting from era before Khilji became Sultan of Delhi & story of unmatched wealth & prosperity of Deccan during that time under rules of Yadav , Hoysala & Kakatiya dynasties. Writer takes us through convoluted maze of history, how one after other dynasty fell with raids of Khilji & then Muhammad Bin Tughlaq. Later after death of Tughlaq , as Delhi Sultanate was struggling with its own problems, It led to rise of Vijay Nagar Empire & Bahmani Empire.
We have been fed mainly Mughal history during our school days but It was interesting to know, how under Vijay Nagar rulers, Hampi became best city in world & Second largest, second only to Beijing.
We also read about prosperity of Deccan under post Bahmani period, when Bahmani territories got disintegrated into smaller parts with Bijapur, Bidar, Berar,Ahmednagar & Golconda. We read how people from all over the world were coming to courts of Deccan Sultans for fortune & careers.
Later we see , how ambitions & greed of Aurangzeb lead to plunder & loss of resources of Deccan & rise of Marathas & Shivaji.
This book is really interesting & will open new vistas of information for seekers.
Overall a very well written book & highly recommended , for lovers of history. Reading history was never boring & tiresome, while going through this book. Events had a continuity & flow but still remember, it is not a fiction , so heavy to digest & finish full platter. It took me 12 days to finish.