The Peshwa: the Lion and the Stallion
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    The Peshwa: the Lion and the Stallion (English, Paperback, Ram Sivasankaran)

    The Peshwa: the Lion and the Stallion  (English, Paperback, Ram Sivasankaran)

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    Features
    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Westland
    • ISBN: 9789385724213, 9385724215
    • Edition: 2015
    • Pages: 356
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    Description
    It is the 18th century and despite the dominant Mughal rule, the Maratha Confederacy has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Indian Subcontinent. The fragile peace between the two powers is threatened when Balaji Vishvanath Bhat, Peshwa of the Confederacy, foils the plans of Nizam Ul Mulk of the Mughal Empire and asserts the power of the Marathas. However, little does the Peshwa know that he has dealt the Nizam an unintended wound - one with roots in his mysterious past and one that he would seek to avenge till his last breath. When the Peshwa surrenders his life to a terminal illness dark clouds gather over the Confederacy as it is threatened by a Mughal invasion as well as an internal rebellion. All the while a passive spectator, the Peshwa�s son, Bajirao Bhat, now needs to rise beyond the grief of his father�s passing, his scant military and administrative experience, and his intense love for his wife and newborn son to rescue everything he holds dear. Will the young man be able to protect the Confederacy from internal strife and crush the armies of the Empire all while battling inner demons? Will he live up to his title of Peshwa?

    About the Author

    Ram Sivasankaran was born in Madras, India, but has spent most of his life abroad � largely in the Middle East and the United States of America. He was brought up with stories from Hindu legend and the great epics and classics of both India and the West. In addition to being a passionate student of history in school, Ram built keen interest in stories of valor, heroism, chivalry, beauty and romance. A day-dreamer of sorts, Ram believes deeply in the power of imagination - the mind being the canvas on which even the seemingly talentless can create new universes, resurrect eras long gone, bring the gods to life and even resurrect heroes and damsels of yore. As such, Ram makes his debut with a historical novel on one of the greatest and yet, to an extent, less-known warrior from Indian history - Bajirao Bhat, Peshwa of the Maratha Confederacy.
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    • Publication Year
      • 2015 December
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    Amazing Story!

    Despite the fact that this is a historical fiction, one thing that attracted me to this book is its brilliant cover and the line - The Lion and the Stallion. ‘Badass’ they yelled at me and I was into this book.

    The story is set in a time of Indian History when the Marathas and the Mughals were at loggerheads with each other. It tells us the tale of the Peshwa, Bajirao Bhat, who rises to the position of Peshwa despite the state of turmoil in the Maratha Confederacy owing to both internal and ...
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    Story of valour and courage. Not for romantics though :P

    Review of “The Peshwa” – Ram Sivasankaran

    After the movie Bajirao Mastani, we all became familiar with the story of Bajirao and his personal life with his wives Kashibai and Mastani. But the movie didn’t quite show the story before that, or how Rao gained and did justice to the title of Peshwa. This book brings out the life of Bajirao beginning from before his birth, when his father, Balaji Vishvanath Bhat was the Peshwa to the Chhatrapati Shahu. This book is work of fiction based on real ev...
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    Prabhjeet Kaur

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    23 Nov, 2016

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    A Story even non-history buffs will love

    The Peshwa impresses you right from the cover. Bold colours of powerful red and gold dominate the scene with a rider astride his war horse, radiating raw strength and ferocity through his eyes and body language.

    The book retains its magnetic hold on you throughout and you will find it extremely difficult to put it down for even a moment. It’s a real page turner and keeps you hungering for more, especially when it ends. Without further ado, let’s look at what the book is all about.

    What’s t...
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    Venice Rowe

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    Must read! Beautifully Written-not a history textbook!

    Honest Confession – I rarely read ‘historical’ books – but, I am glad I read this one!
    What attracted me? - The Book Cover (that piercing warrior’s gaze!) & the urge to read something new & different!

    It’s the kind of book which flows like poetry and you can see the characters moving in your mind’s eye (may I mention – I LOVED the writing style). I’d be at work, and wish I could sneak in a page or four!
    Demonetisation came to the rescue! Those long queues were the PERFECT reason for readin...
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    Ishita Chopra

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    A must read!

    If history fascinates you then this novel "The Peshwa: The Lion and the Stallion" by Ram Sivasankaran takes you a few centuries back in Mughal - Maratha period. In the 18th century, when Mughals were loosing their grip over Indian sub-continent and Maratha empire was gradually taking control over Indian states, under the guidance of Chhathrapathi Shahu (son of late Chhathrapathi Sambhaji) and the leadership of Balaji Vishwanath Bhat (Peshwa of the Maratha Confederacy), the empire was rising a...
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    Saumy Nagayach

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    Enjoyed it thoroughly

    The Peshwa is a book that takes the readers on Bajirao Peshwa's journey from his birth to the first battle he wins against the Mughals. I started reading the book with a blank canvas because my knowledge about this great hero is restricted to the information I gathered from the movie “Bajirao Mastani”. However, I must say the author has done an excellent job in portraying the life journey of this great hero. The characters are well established and the storyline realistic.The description and n...
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    Shreya Banerji

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    Excellent debut novel

    Truth be told, I am not a big fan of mythological / historical fiction. But then, this book attracted me since Ram was my classmate at Indian School Muscat and I was keen to read his work considering all the good reviews it was getting. Is this a debut to remember for Ram? Let’s check it out.

    The blurb goes like this –

    It is the 18th century and despite the dominant Mughal rule, the Maratha Confederacy has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Indian Subcontinent. The fra...
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    Aseem Rastogi

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    27 Nov, 2016

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    History brought back to life!

    I absolutely loved the story from the very beginning and I am in love with the author’s style of narration. He has painted the 18th century with his words for the reader to get lost into and live a life of court politics and warfare.

    In between, he brings the joys of life and gives each and every character the freedom to develop into actual people. The emotions that are portrayed are so good that even a person who does not know history will fall in love with the characters.

    The strength of ...
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    VIBHA HEGDE

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    20 Nov, 2016

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    A LOVELY READ

    The best part about "THE PESHWA" is that debutante author Ram Sivasankaran gives you an indepth glimpse into what happened before Mastani appeared.

    The book shows that tremendous amount of research has been done. Ram’s writing and command over language is brilliant. His English is flawless. The language is not as simple as the one we find in those romcom Indian novels of today, and that is such a welcome change. It only enhances the seriousness of the plot.
    It was a lovely experience knowing...
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    4 Nov, 2016

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    Best in the market!

    A historical fiction, the book deals not only with the coming of age of Peshwa Bajirao Bhat of the Maratha Confederacy but also gives an insight into the character and statesmanship of his father Peshwa Balaji Vishvanath Bhat. The story-line is engaging. It gives us an insight into a tumultuous period in Indian history in an interesting manner with all elements of human emotion served in appropriate measure. There is romance, there is hate. There is loyalty, there is deceit. There is empathy,...
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