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Shrimanyogi is a book on Chatrapathi Shivaji by the popular Marathi writer Ranjeet Desai.
Summary Of The Book
Shrimanyogi is a biographical work on the life and the achievements of the great Maratha king, Chatrapathi Shivaji. Shivaji has been a legendary figure in the Indian history.
Shivaji was one of the major influences on the revival of nationalism and Hindu culture during a period when centuries of rule by Muslim invaders had induced a condition of apathy and indifference in the people.
Shivaji successfully created a Hindu kingdom during Aurangzeb's rule, and his achievements were many. Over the years, many legends have been added to Shivaji’s life, and it is hard to filter out these embellishments and just focus on the facts.
The author has done his best to build this book just on facts. And the facts alone are interesting enough to highlight the achievements of this legendary king.
Though Shivaji’s rise was during the time of Aurangzeb, his main confrontation was with the Sultanate of Adil Shah rather than with the Mughals. Shivaji was a man who built a dynasty starting from nothing. His motivations were always immense pride in his culture and love for his motherland.
However, he was not a bigot and treated all his subjects equally well, irrespective of their religion and other divisions. His battles were mostly with Muslim rulers, but he never showed any animosity towards the Muslim inhabitants of his kingdom.
Shivaji’s period was the height of glory in Maratha history. His achievements served as an inspiration to later generations of nationalists like Bal Gangadhar Tilak. His stories inspired people who were fighting for the country’s independence from the British rule.
The author has presented Shivaji as he really was, with no embellishments. Shivaji was a dynamic leader, a warrior, and a nobleman. He was religious without being fanatic, he was a believer, but not superstitious, he was courageous but not foolish. He was a visionary who dreamt of building a Hindu kingdom in a region that was surrounded by Muslim dynasties. Yet, he was extremely practical.
Shivaji was a courageous warrior and a great tactician. At the same time, he was also a very good administrator and the kingdom he was building up became stronger under his rule. He suffered many defeats too, but he never gave up his vision, and ultimately, he did succeed in making his dream a reality.
Shivaji’s real achievement, the most enduring one, was that he revived a love of the land and its ancient culture in the minds of people who had stopped caring for a long time. He instilled a sense of pride and confidence in their minds, displacing the indifference and bleakness that had been their attitude for long.
His legacy induced a sense of pride and nationalism in the people that has endured for centuries, inspiring different generations in fighting the different challenges that faced the nation.
The author, in this book, has captured all the different facets of Shivaji’s personality that contributed towards this legacy, and thus gives the reader a sense of involvement in the events taking place in the story.
About Rajneet Desai
Ranjeet Desai was a renowned Marathi writer, who wrote many short stories, novels and plays.
His other plays include Kanchan Mrug, Swami, Mekh Mogari, Sneha Dhara, Prapat, and Maza Gaon.
His books earned him a lot of awards, including the Hari Narayan Apte Award, Sahitya Akademi award, and the Padmashree.
|Publisher||Mehta Publishing House|
|Number of Pages||1200 Pages|
|Authored By||Ranjit Desai|
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Feb 26, 2014
A MUST READ
Aug 5, 2013
The best ever in my library of 620 books
Jan 8, 2013
Sep 11, 2012
An all time great novel for Marathi readers
Sep 7, 2012
Nov 25, 2011
निश्चयाचा महामेरू : शिवाजी !!!!शिवाजी या नावाला कधी उलट वाचला आहे का ?
May 8, 2012
एक अप्रतिम कादंबरीआजवर शिवाजी महाराजांबद्दल खूप वाचायला-ऐकायला मिळाल, पण हे पुस्तक वाचताना खूप गोष्टी महाराजांच्या नजरेतून बघायला मिळाल्या.
Sep 11, 2012
An all time great novel for Marathi readersThough its really a big novel with more than 1000 pages, a marathi reader will finish it just in a week or two. Book is extra-ordinarily great and famous too. All credit goes to author, famous marathi writer, Ranjeet Desai.
Jun 18, 2012
छत्रपती शिवरायांचा त्रिवार जयजयकार |१६८० साली"शककर्ते छत्रपती शिवराय" यांचे रायगडावर महानिर्वाण झाले. या सह्याद्रीचा सिंह चीरनिद्रेत गेला. पण शिवराय आम्हाला सोडून गेले नाहीत, ते अजूनही आमच्या रक्ताच्या प्रत्येक थेंबात जिवंत आहेत आणि हा चंद्र,सूर्य असे तोवर राहतील..
Jan 6, 2012
apratim kadambari!!!it took me almost 20 days to read out complete journey of shri shivaji maharaj.. this is the best marathi novel i have read so far.. the writing skill of sir ranjeet desai is just breath holding.. it always keeps you pushing what happend next.. got to know the complete journey of shivaji maharaj.. the end is sorrow.. but the writting always makes you feel that your actually present and watching everything..
Nov 8, 2011
don't just read opt itVery beautiful character description. If you want to analyze how THE GREATs take decisions and react to the situations. This is the book you must read. Read it at a tender age so that you can apply it to your own personality and be the unbeatable.
Feb 26, 2014
A MUST READas always 'ranjit desai' does an excellent job when it comes to describing situations and writing dialog for the chosen characters. It's indeed a treat to read this book. sensitive facts are carefully handled and the reader won't be disillusioned about any historical incident.
Aug 5, 2013
The best ever in my library of 620 booksI learnt about Shivaji Maharaj in history books. That he fought against mughal, killed afjal khan, cut fingers oh shahistekhan, but never knew that Shivaji is far greater than what i know. It has more than 1000 pages but each page has fragrance of bravery, honesty and kindness of Shivaji. This book will take you too Shivaji's era and introduce you to his greatness. No matter you belong to which cast, which region, you must read this book. This is a holy book where you can learn many things. You will learn how to live a life in King size. Absolute masterpiece. Author Ranjit Desai take a bow for… (Expand)
Jan 8, 2013
Shriman YogiIts a very good book. The sequence of various events occured in Shivaji Maharaj's life are just enthralling. We have lot of thing to Learn from Shivaji Maharaj. They oberve Northern life closely, though they were in in trap of Aurangajeb. Literally, we go to the 17th century while reading this book.
Sep 7, 2012
AWESOMEThis is the best book i ever read on SHIVAJI RAJE BHOSALE'S life !!!