Sunday, 15 April 2018

#BookReview: Prithviraj Chauhan The Emperor of Hearts by Anuja Chandramouli

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Title: Prithviraj Chauhan
Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Published by: Penguin Random House
Published on: November 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 315
ISBN: 9780143441199

"The worst deeds usually have the best justifications and it has seldom amounted to much in terms of exonerating one for unforgivable crimes."


Prithviraj Chauhan was destiny's chosen one, singled out for glory and greatness. During the course of an extraordinary life, he transcended the limits imposed on mortals and achieved Godlike luster. The conquering hero dreamed of a united land where peace prevailed over war and love over hate.
Princess Samyukta loved him from afar, and when Prithviraj Chauhan claimed her for his own, defying the wrath of an implacable foe, their happiness was complete. Victorious in love and war, Prithviraj Chauhan was soon to discover that success came with a terrible price - trials, treachery and tragedy. 


The cover page of the book is very attractive. It is in yellow, orange and blue colours having an image of Prithviraj Chauhan and Princess Samyukta on a horse. The cover page is very apt to the story. I loved the cover page a lot.


Prithviraj Chauhan The Emperor of Hearts by Anuja Chandramouli is an intriguing mythical fiction revolving around the famous Indian Emperor Prithviraj Chauhan. The book takes the reader on a bumpy ride from Priviraj Chauhan's childhood to adulthood and how he became the emperor. I've read about him only in my history textbooks that too not in much detail and watched a few TV shows but this book made me explore his whole life. 

Prithviraj Chauhan is written in a simple language which is very attention grabbing. The author's command over the language is marvelous and I loved her writing style. It is so well written that I was able to visualize a lot of events making my read very enjoyable. The plot line is very engaging and is binded very well which focuses not only on his love life rather various aspects of his life such as war, politics, family etc. The book is very well researched and is very engrossing talking about even the minute details of the era.

There are a lot of happenings which take place in the story and all the events are very well described in a detailed manner. A lot of characters are there which are important in the life of Prithviraj Chauhan. I really liked the character of Samyukta and Uncle Kanha and the author has shown both the sides of the characters the positive as well as the negative. The book is set  in various regions. The book is quite thick and cannot be finished in one sitting.

Overall, a very interesting and an enjoyable read. I took time to read it but I cherished it a lot. I would highly recommend this book 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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