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  1. says:

    There is a cult of hero worship that follows the character of Chatrapati Shivaji The bearded, pleasant yet stern visage looks at you from posters, statues and images across a lot of places in Maharashtra and if you happen to take a plane to Mumbai then the airport is named after him too Before I read this book, my only knowledge of Shivaji was that he was a warrior king and a superbly successful one A biography or a historic fiction variant was something I had been on the lookout for but strangely enough nothing turned up In the introduction to this book, the author mentions that most of the legends around Shivaji were passed down orally as ballads and as yet a consolidated story of his life does not exist This to me was grossly unfair considering how much good material lies in the life of Shivaji There was mention by Ashok Banker that he plans to write a series of historic novels about the Marathas but this is yet to materialize All considered it is rather ironic that the most readable story of the Great Maratha was written by an Englishman India has had kings by the dozen and there has been no shortage of colorful characters among them and yet Shivaji stands out for a few reasons which I find to be rather unique Firstly, he was a leader with vision and someone who organized administration and the military in a way that could withstand the ravages of time Curiously enough, he also anticipated the need for a Navy when most other Indian rulers including the Mughals had not advanced much on this idea Secondly, he was one of the very few Indian rulers who employed guerrilla warfare successfully against enemies Considering that Shivaji consistently was at war with the numerically superior Mughal army or the well stocked Bijapur empire, a direct war was out of the question And yet with shrewd use of his mountain fortresses along the coast of Maharashtra, he did manage to bring his enemies to heel with guerrilla warfare and lightning fast raids Thirdly, he was a ruler who was extremely adaptable to his environment Shivaji used valor, bravery, negotiation, shrewdness, guile and diplomacy all in equal measures while dealing with opponents and potential allies All of these are quite interesting hallmarks that speak of someone who is a survivor in a murky world of shifting alliances and with new enemies pouring in from the western hemisphere The world around the Marathas were changing and for their good In Delhi, following the rule of Shahjahan, the Mughal empire was slowly starting to fray at the edges The wild and paranoid ideas of Aurangzeb were not enough to hold it all together and the golden age of the Mughals were drawing to a close Into the vacuum left by them stepped in the English East India Company with whom Sivaji maintained a neutral relationship He also was in contact with the French and did not alienate them or their business interests I found in Shivaji all the traits of a man determined to carry his image of being a ruler heralded as a Hindu monarch to the hilt and he employed every last method to ensure that he succeeded in it.This book is not one that can be easily categorized for it is neither fiction nor non fiction It digs its feet into terrain where both these genres overlap but with a slight leaning towards non fiction The tone that Kincaid adapts is that of an amused observer and not of a detailed chronicler Time and again he quotes the correspondence of the East India Company about the exploits of Sevaje as someone who is of strategic importance to them but whom they did not want to appear too lenient to Also, the author relies heavily on world history whereby he compares and contrasts the turmoil in India with examples from a large number of civilizations and occurrences.I cannot with all my heart recommend this book but considering a serious lack of other reading material about a fascinating period of Indian history, this is worth a read.

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    A short and a lovely bio of the Grand Maratha I chanced upon an old copy at the Asiatic Society Library a few years ago One of the liveliest books I had read in a long time Unfortunately this book has been out of print for a long time Wonder, why no one is getting it back into print.

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    A luxuriously written book.Dennis Kincaid, the son of CA Kincaid, of the famous History of the Maratha People , co authored by Parasnis, wrote this book after he came to India around 1928, but the this book was published posthumously, in 1937.As has been mentioned in the preface by TN Chaturvedi, Charles Allen Kincaid , the historian, is remembered today for hid non historical writings while Dennis, the novelist, is known for his two works on non fiction As an Indian, the word rebel, in the subtitle is a bit disconcerting before the book is read, for it perhaps betrays the impending tone of the treatment of Shivaji s life and work, in the book Yet, Dennis Kincaid keeps himself away from the intrigues of analysis, the slopes of bias, and the traps of isms.That Dennis Kincaid was a novelist at heart is obvious from the first word to the last If someone, who had never heard of Shivaji would read the book, the reader would be delighted in the language and the judicious and unequivocal use of devices of fiction writing, in what is actually strictly a work of non fiction a biography with proper endnotes and such.It is a delicious read, and recommended.The very few factual inaccuracies are to be forgiven Much information has come to the fore since the 1930s, when he wrote this book If this is a way of writing non fiction, power to you.PS I really wish good publishers like Rupa would invest effort in copy editing The typos in Indian publishing are way to jarring and way too common.

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    Absolutely unputtable, especially in the first two third of the book elaborating the successful campaigns and rise of young Maratha kingdom by the legendary personality of Shivaji who rose from the ranks of hillmen to a monarch all by his daring stratagems and cunningness Shivaji is a multifaceted personality with high level of personal integrity which lacked in the later descendants, it appears Besides portraying Shivaji and early Marathas, this book also gives snapshot of Mughal and Deccan politics and power centers, the theater in which Shivaji operated The opulences of Deccan Sultanates, the religious disagreements between Sunni North and Shia Deccan, their views on Hindu majority subjects, all provide hues to the narrative The narration itself is supported by references and documents grounding on facts loosely besides being short and not too deep.A must read for beginner in understanding the Marathas history.

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    This is the first Biography of Shivaji s that I read This book opens a window to social, cultural, economic and religious life of Indian kingdoms 300 years ago It also gives a vivid picture of Shivaji s character and the situations that helped make him the Great Hindu King he was.At times we may feel that Dennis kincaid was partial to his countrymen when he describes the English Merchants spurning Shivaji s offers in his raids on Surat.But he managed to give an impartial picture of Shivaji and his times.If anyone is interested in learning how the maratha empire was founded, this book is the best place to start.

  6. says:

    Sivaji s life and victories Gives you a good account on the life of the greatest warrior prince of India Though in some places the narrative drifts off into writings and musings, that are familiar with the Englishmen Overall the book is a good read.

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    To be honest this book is written specially for non Indian audience and I have no problem with that It was knowledgeable for me atleast because we are being taught distorted history Some honest book is better than biased book I even read Jadunath Sarkar s Shivaji book, that was pretty good too You can go for it.

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    This is a fantastic book which gives us a very good picture of the great Indian king and the founder of the Maratha empire Shivaji Kincaid, a British civil servant wrote this book in the 1930s when the atmosphere of India was charged with the fervour of nationalism, seeking independence from the British occupation Kincaid s main aim in the book was to introduce to the western audience the life of this king who had hiterto been dismissed as a brigand , a word which didn t do justice to the enormous respect which Shivaji s name commanded in the Nation Based on Marathi sources, the letters of the East India Company, Mughal historians and then accounts of the Italian Gunner Manuchi, the book presents a detailed account of Shivaji s rise from a son of a Bijapur official pursued by Shahjahan, to the founder of the Maratha empire which at the end of Shivaji s reign had Bijapur as one of its feaudatory kingdom The narration is not unlike that of a novelist who maintains the tasteful tension while describing the accounts of Shivaji s mulitple escapes as a child, his capture of the key Bijapur forts, his encounter with Afzal Khan, his escape from the Abyssinian general aided by the valiant Baji Prabhu, his encounter and house imprisonment by Aurangazeb, the subsequent escape, his raids at the Surat township, and winning back of all the fortresses that he once was forced to give up to Mughal after surrendering to the Rajput Jai Singh.Kincaid paints an elaborate picture of Shivaji s coronation ceremony done in a manner of the Hindu Kings of the yore, which lasted for over a month Post the Rajyabhisheka ceremony, Kincaid describes the two victorious campaigns of Shivaji in the southern part of India whose many forts would prove to be key assets in the 28 year war that Shivaji s successors fought and won against the Mughals.Highly recommended if you like History narration in a stylish manner

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    The book is written by a British Civil servant about 80 years ago.The author has done a beautiful job at writing this length of biography of one of the greatest personality of Indian history.The fact that the author, being British is able to understand portray the small details of Indian culture society, their influence on historical events and not being judgmental in it is a commendable skill of the author Presentation is serene.The book describes neatly the sanctity of Mother son relation throughout and the fact that Jijabai was the most important character in life of Shivaji is aptly portrayed.The contemporary politics of the states such as Mughals, Rajputs Jaipur Jodhpur Bijapur and Marathas is described along with the story and giver the reader a comprehensive idea about the situations.The features which make the book outstanding read are 1 The personality of Shivaji is described without any bias.2 God connection of the biography with contemporary politics.3 Narration and built up to the historical events is lively.4 The mother son relation is described with a touch of emotion, which renders the entire narration with a soothing sense.Lastly, being written by an Englishman, the author has tried to do a comparative analysis of historical events personalities with that of European counterparts which make the book accessible understandable for the ones having knowledge of European history.

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    As the great quote The meaning of life is to find your gift The purpose of life is to give it away Shivaji always wanted to lead an ascetic life spent in nature and mountains At different stage in life he felt a strong pull to let go. Reaching it s peak at his first audience with Sant Tukaram Ramdas Also book elucidates what it really meant to be a Hindu nationalist Shivaji was a benevolent ruler and respected and cared for all faiths Hindu Nationalism or Hindutva only meant getting the nation rid of external rulers from Arab and Persia etc who definitely held bigoted views and viewed every non muslim as kafir to be condemned Shivaji also was a master tactician who used tacyfully managed enemy with diplomacy and trickery to compensate for his weak Army He was also extremely generous and extended pardon easily. While he had all the riches he rarely indulged and mostly led with little luxury all his life A must read book for everyone who want to learn about the Ascent of the great Marathas and Shivaji as a human in general

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