Friday, 23 March 2018

#BookReview: The Burning Queen Rani Padmavati by Anuja Chandramouli

Title: The Burning Queen Rani Padmavati
Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Publisher: Juggernaut
Published on: 15th November 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9386228521

"Awakened by the cacophony of the wretched, the gods gathered to watch the passing of one who had been the brightest souls to have adorned Mother Earth."


Padmavati is the most beautiful uqueen Chittor has ever had. Everyone who sees her is enthralled by her grace and goodness. When the greedy gaze of the Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khalji, falls upon Chittor and its queen, Padmavati's flawless beauty turns against her, because it inspires both love and hate in equal measure.
Beset by the threat of an invasion and scheming political rivals who are envious of her immense popularity, Rani Padmavati must rise to the demands of war and fight for everything she believes in. This is the story of a remarkable woman who lived gently, loved passionately, and embraced her destiny with unmatched courage.


The cover page of the book is very beautiful having a picture of Rani Padmavati. It is in bright red colour and the title of the book is written in golden colour. The cover page is very attractive and eye catchy. I loved it.


The Burning Queen Rani Padmavati by Anuja Chandramouli is a tale of passion, bravery and betrayal. A historical book which showcases who Rani Padmavati was. I've heard a lot about Rani Padmavati but never got a chance to read in detail about her but this book about her took me to a ride exploring her life as a princess and then as a queen.

The Burning Queen Rani Padmavati is an intriguing read written in simple and a fluent manner which showcases the beautiful relation between Rawal Ratan Singh and Rani Padmavati that I was not able to put it down. The plotline is very interesting and tight with a blend of different elements such as love, hate, jelousy, betrayal and war. The way it is beautifully penned down in a crisp manner made it a very enjoyable read and the scenes between Rani Padmavati and Rawal Ratan Singh are very well told and are very serene.

The book is fast paced which can be easily finished in few hours. It is set in different historical regions such as Jalore, Siwana, Gujarat, Chittor and Ranthambore and the way the author vividly described the events is marvelous. I really liked the description of the marriage of Rawal Ratan Singh and Rani Padmavati and all the events can be well visualised as if watching a movie. There are lot of characters which are well described and the originality of each character is maintained which is amazing. Rani Padmavati's character is so strong that she stood for her own self respect and rights which is a true example of women empowerment.

The emotions in the book are marvelously penned and I was able to empathize also especially Rani Padmavati's emotions when she was missing her maternal home as she got married in Jalore.
Overall, a beautiful and a satisfying read focusing on Rani Padmavati. I loved this book a lot and Rani Padmavati has left a big impact on me to be strong and standing up for own rights. An amazing historical fiction and I would highly recommend this to all the historical fiction lovers.

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Anuja Chandramouli

Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine are her other bestsellers. Currently all three books are being translated into Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi and Bengali, a real achievement for one so young. Her epic fantasies called Yama’s Lieutenant and its sequel has received an overwhelming response.
Her newest books are on Kartikeya, Padmavati and Prithviraj Chauhan. 
An accomplished orator, she regularly conducts workshops on Creative Writing, Story Telling and Mythology in schools, colleges and various other platforms. Her motivational speeches have also been well received. According to Chandramouli, her work with youngsters in the rural belt helping them improve their Spoken English and Writing skills has been wonderfully satisfying and enriching. 
This happily married, mother of two little girls, lives in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She is a student of classical dance and Yoga. 
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* I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange of a review.

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