When destiny stood between him and his destination. Darkness engulfs the Indian subcontinent. The 17th century is destined to be an era of brutal wars, incessant oppression, and physical and spiritual carnage in the name of religion. Shivaji, a warrior and thinker far ahead of his times, rises and renders a rousing dream - respect and dignity for human life, economic equity, and empowerment. Destiny does not favour him; he faces terribile odds - a fallen and defeated populace, the might of the Mughal Empire, and naval supremacy of the Western powers. Thus begins a battle of conflicting ideologies, contrasting belief systems, and sharply different visions of India - a stake is the future of most ancient civilization. Witness the beginnings of the momentous events that will send thunderbolts across centuries, the echoes of which still haunt the subcontinent.
Challenging Destiny - The Life and Times of Shivaji 4.5/5
This book is an excellent work for an introductory understanding of not only the life of the Chattrapati but also the politics of India at the time.
The detail and narrative style seem to indicate that the author has a grasp over the reality of political struggle that characterised the country at the time. The book provides highly interesting and intriguing insights into the minds of all the different political players who were struggling in the melting pot of the Indian ruling classes:The ...