Top positive review
Entertaining and as good as a novel
14 November 2017
Informative and entertaining.Of course the lives of the Mughals rival any soap opera.Near death experiences,unexpected victory over strong rivals just when the odds seem impossible, one scheming empress,towers of skulls,jauhar, the terrible death given to Dara's son by Aurangazeb.The book covers the Greater Mughals as well as their not-so-famous descendants.From Babar who looked upon India as a consolation prize to Bahadur Shah Safar who only wanted to be left alone to write poems in peace.There is much more to the Mughals than what's shown in the movies and textbooks.Did Humayun put a servant on the throne for one day? What happened at the Battle of Haldighati? Was Akbar really so great? Did he really walk the streets of Agra in disguise? Did Jodha exist?Who was Salim's greatest rival- his father Akbar or his son Khusru? What about the black Taj? Everything is covered.Including the battles.All the Mughal emperors faced uprisings throughout their rule.Most of their time was spent rushing from Bihar to Punjab to Deccan laying sieges and lifting sieges rather than lounging about in palaces in luxury.All the Great Mughals have had a pet project upon which they devoted their maximum resources and attention much to the detriment to the affairs of the Kingdom.The author has not justified any of their shortcomings either.He has also written much of their rivals like Sher Shah Suri,Maharana Pratap and Shivaji.The language used is lucid and simple and the writing style is very entertaining.A great change from the usual history books which are written keeping in mind history students and civil service aspirants.If you are a lay person who is interested in Mughal history- you've found your match.