IVORY THRONE
    Share

    IVORY THRONE (English, Paperback, Pillai, Manu S.)

    IVORY THRONE  (English, Paperback, Pillai, Manu S.)

    4.5
    102 Ratings & 15 Reviews
    517
    699
    26% off
  • Bank OfferExtra 5% off* with Axis Bank Buzz Credit Card
    T&C
  • Delivery
    Check
    Check pincode
      Usually delivered in3-4 days
      ?
      Enter pincode for exact delivery dates/charges
    View Details
    Highlights
    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Harper Collins India
    • ISBN: 9789351776420, 9351776425
    • Edition: 1st Edition
    Services
    • 10 Days Replacement Policy
      ?
    • Cash on Delivery available
      ?
    Description
    In 1498, when Vasco da Gama set foot in Kerala looking for Christians and spices, he unleashed a wave of political fury that would topple local powers like a house of cards. The cosmopolitan fabric of a vibrant trading society with its Jewish and Arab merchants, Chinese pirate heroes and masterful Hindu Zamorins was ripped apart, heralding an age of violence and bloodshed. One prince, however, emerged triumphant from this descent into chaos. Shrewdly marrying Western arms to Eastern strategy, Martanda Varma consecrated the dominion of Travancore, destined to become one of the most dutiful pillars of the British Raj.
    What followed was two centuries of internecine conflict in one of India's premier princely states, culminating in a dynastic feud between two sisters battling to steer the fortunes of their house on the eve of Independence. Manu S. Pillai's retelling of this sprawling saga focuses on the remarkable life and work of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the last, and forgotten, queen of the House of Travancore. The supporting cast includes the flamboyant painter Raja Ravi Varma and his wrathful wife, scheming matriarchs of 'violent, profligate and sordid' character, wifeswapping court favourites, vigilant English agents, quarrelling consorts and lustful kings. Extensively researched and vividly rendered, The Ivory Throne conjures up a dramatic world of political intrigues and factions, black magic and conspiracies, crafty ceremonies and splendorous temple treasures, all harnessed in a tragic contest for power and authority in the age of empire.

    Reviews :

    A gem of a book - The Indian Express

    A magnificent effort - Mint.

    This 700-page whopper of a book�swirls through Kerala's history like a dervish possessed by the intention of telling a magnificent story, and telling it marvellously well.- The New Indian Express.

    An absolute delight - Business Standard.

    A brilliant debut - DNA.

    Fascinating. perhaps the first of its kind - The Tribune.

    About the Author

    Manu S. Pillai
    was born in Kerala in 1990 and educated at Fergusson College, Pune, and at King's College London. Following the completion of his master's degree, where he presented his thesis on the emergence of religious nationalism in nineteenth century India, in 2011-12, he managed the parliamentary office of Dr Shashi Tharoor in New Delhi and was then aide to Lord Bilimoria CBE DL, a crossbencher at the House of Lords in London in 2012-13. That same year he was commissioned by the BBC as a researcher to work with Prof. Sunil Khilnani on the 'Incarnations' history series, which tells the story of India through fifty great lives. The Ivory Throne is Manu's first book.
    Read More
    Specifications
    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • Harpercollins
    Dimensions
    • Height
      • 9.21
    • Length
      • 5.91 in
    • Weight
      • 837 in
    Frequently Bought Together
    IVORY THRONE
    IVORY THRONE
    4.5
    (102)
    517
    699
    26% off
    ANCESTRAL AFFAIRS
    ANCESTRAL AFFAIRS
    5
    (2)
    409
    1 Item
    517
    2 Add-ons
    1,003
    Total
    1,520
    Ratings and Reviews
    4.5
    102 Ratings &
    15 Reviews
    • 5
       73
    • 4
       19
    • 3
       5
    • 2
       1
    • 1
       4
    5

    The Ivory Throne

    An excellently written history of the House of Travancore. It made riveting reading. Recommended for anyone who is interested in the history of Kerala & the relationship between the Royal family & the British Residency.
    READ MORE

    Gayatri Rao

    Certified Buyer

    9 Jun, 2016

    4
    2
    Report Abuse
    4

    Four Stars

    Excellent
    READ MORE

    Flipkart Customer

    Certified Buyer

    31 Jul, 2017

    0
    0
    Report Abuse
    5

    Fabulous!

    Books on history of kerala are rare and rarer are ones which have a strong and solid research background. This one sheds light on many aspecsts of the erstwhile kingdom
    which are hitherto unknown.strongly recommend to anyone interested in history especially to keralites
    READ MORE

    Flipkart Customer

    Certified Buyer

    21 Jun, 2017

    1
    0
    Report Abuse
    5

    Terrific purchase

    Nice book..thrilling story
    READ MORE

    Flipkart Customer

    Certified Buyer

    31 May, 2017

    0
    0
    Report Abuse
    5

    Terrific purchase

    I like this very much. I got the book as early I expected
    READ MORE

    Gana P Nambiar

    Certified Buyer

    15 May, 2017

    0
    0
    Report Abuse
    5

    Must buy!

    Try it!!!
    READ MORE

    Flipkart Customer

    Certified Buyer

    11 May, 2017

    0
    0
    Report Abuse
    5

    Terrific purchase

    Excellent
    READ MORE

    Srinath Unni

    Certified Buyer

    12 Mar, 2017

    0
    0
    Report Abuse
    5

    Highly recommended

    I really loved reading this historically beautiful book!
    Incredibly written & elegantly portrayed.
    READ MORE

    haris cm

    Certified Buyer

    9 Mar, 2017

    0
    0
    Report Abuse
    5

    Just wow!

    Great
    READ MORE

    Sarath

    Certified Buyer

    27 Jan, 2017

    0
    0
    Report Abuse
    5

    A Great Book

    The book is like "India After Gandhi". Beautifully narrates the life in kingdom of Travancore from 1900's... A must read for everyone who wants to know how Travancore kingdom helped in the development the modern Kerala...
    READ MORE

    Brijesh Nair

    Certified Buyer

    2 Jan, 2016

    2
    3
    Report Abuse
    +
    View all 15 reviews
    Have doubts regarding this product?
    Safe and Secure Payments. Easy returns. 100% Authentic products.
    Back to top