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The Ivory Throne (English, Paperback, Manu S. Pillai)

The Ivory Throne  (English, Paperback, Manu S. Pillai)

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Highlights
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper Collins India
  • Genre: History
  • ISBN: 9789351776420, 9351776425
  • Edition: 1st Edition
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.
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Book Details
  • Imprint
    • Harpercollins
Dimensions
  • Height
    • 9.21
  • Length
    • 5.91 in
  • Weight
    • 837 in
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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
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Awesome

A brilliantly written book, a must buy, must read for anyone interested in the history and heritage of Kerala through the ages. And kudos to the young writer- Manu S pillai, who's done exceptional work for a first time author. 5 stars indeed. 👍👌
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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.
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Worth every penny

Best book one of a kind
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Four Stars

Excellent
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Terrific purchase

Nice book..thrilling story
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Terrific purchase

I like this very much. I got the book as early I expected
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Must buy!

Try it!!!
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Terrific purchase

Excellent
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Highly recommended

I really loved reading this historically beautiful book!
Incredibly written & elegantly portrayed.
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Q:have malayalam transalation
A:No, only english text throughout.
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