The Shivaji we don't read about! Hi there! Its been a really long time since I blogged last. These past two months were spent mostly in waiting for news of the release date from my publisher. It was an excruciatingly long wait and a very frustrating one too. But finally, things seem to have fallen in place. The release of my first book “300 Brave Men” will happen on the 20 th of July 2017. A long cherished dream will finally come true for me. The pre-release jitters have begun! On this occasion, I felt, it would be ideal to share something about my hero and the chief protagonist of my book series : Chhatrapati Shivaji. A lot has been written about his battles and military successes, viz. the slaying of the giant Afzal Khan, the night raid on Shaista Khan, the defeat of Kartalab Khan in Umbarkhind and may such battles. A lot too has been written about his escape from Agra and his coronation. These are the stories we grew up on. Let me share some of the lesser known facts
23 rd April 2017 What if ? When you read history and dwelve into events which occured hundreds, maybe thousands of years ago, one overwhelming thought that comes to every mind is ‘What if...?’ It is a natural human emotion, to want to change the past, I guess. Reading history makes you reflect on events and personalities which shaped our present. The exercise ‘what if..?’ begins in our mind, sometimes without us knowing it. So many such questions cropped up in my mind when I read the history of 17 th century India.  I wanted to change the outcome of so many events. The story of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is nothing short of an adrenaline-high, action blockbuster. The man simply lived his life on the edge. He fought countless battles, both actual as well as political. Not every battle was won, however. Some were lost, some quite catastrophically. Not every decision was right; some proved quite disastrous. It is easy to analyse in retrospect, but it would have been infinit
MY FIRST BLOG Hi everyone! This is my very first blog ever, and I am thrilled to share my thoughts with you guys. It is great to have this space, which will be my very own, to own! First things first. My very first book is due for release soon and I am thoroughly excited. Like all debutant authors, I am all jittery right now. Though I do hope my book gets a good response from readers in terms of sales, above all, I hope my readers enjoy the book. For those who have logged on to the blog directly (without visiting the homepage of the website), my book is titled “300 Brave Men”, and it is a historical novel based on the life of the legendary Maratha King, Chhatrapati Shivaji. This book will be the first of a trilogy and will bring to life twenty years of the great man’s life, from 1641 to 1660. As I have stated elsewhere on my website, this eight year journey, which began way back in 2009-10, has been a very emotional journey for me. These past years, especially th