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Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Flute and The Sword by Karuna and Randhir Sinh
My Rating - 5 out of 5 stars
Published by - VIJ Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Genre - Historical Fiction
Publishing year - 2019
Language - English
ISBN - 978-81-942618-3-4
Pages - 357



My Review - 

An old age saga of Meera and her love for Lord Krishna is well-known. But a few know that her elder brother Jaimal spends his whole life to save his motherland, Merta. The Flute and The Sword by Randhir and Karuna Sinh is an epitome of all the bloodshed seen by Rajasthan in the 16th century, especially, Merta, Mewar, and Chittor.

We all read Meera's tales and proses written by her in the school curriculum. The way she indulges in lord's bhakti is appreciated by many, but some people want all this to end. Her husband Bhojraj, the crown prince of Mewar, and eldest son of Rana Sanga always protects Meera bai. But after his death in a battle, attempts of assassination starts on Meera. They share a strong bond of friendship and affection, but Meera always considered Lord Krishna as her husband. Her spiritual journey begins from Merta but ends at Dwarka. She touches the lives of millions of people and loves the children most.

Jaimal becomes the ruler of Merta, after the death of his father, Rao Veeram Dev. He adores Meera, and care for her, with all his heart. He is a warrior that is forgotten with time by many of us. He fought fiercely at battlegrounds. He and his family members not only fought for Merta but also for Chittorgarh when Akbar attacks. At that time, Rana Udai Singh was the ruler of Mewar. They lost the battle. Jaimal was killed by Akbar, with Kallaji, and many other unsung heroes of Rajputana clans. 

Meera was Uday's sister in law but gives him motherly love when she was in Mewar. When Meera denies leaving Dwarka, he sent some high-ranking officials to bring her back. The incident turned out to be not what he or others expected. After losing the battle with Akbar, Udai's son Maharana Pratap emerges with a splendiferous era. We all heard or read about his valour. But before him, there is an abundant record of fighters and battles that took one's breath away.

This book portrays rich information on conflicts of Rajput's within themselves. The war tactics and scenes were written marvelously. The book has a rich vocabulary and gives you a chance to learn more about our antiquity. The last battle scene when Jaimal fought on the back of Kallaji gave me goosebumps. The Rajput heroes are known for their fearsomeness and love for the motherland. But the power lust, and constant battles with each other, gave a chance to foreigners to penetrate India and rule over us. 

I appreciate the authors' efforts for all the research, and I am glad that I got the chance to read this astonishing piece of art. While there are a few things that contradict each other and fictional, the authors' cleared them at the end of the book. In Ashutosh Gowariker's movie Jodha Akbar, we see a different part of Akbar that we like. But in this book, I understand that he is merciless. He is wicked, hungry for power, and short-tempered. He killed over 30k innocent natives after the battle is over in Chittorgarh. 

History is my favorite subject since my teenage days. I feel a nexus towards all the past legends and craves for more. So, this novel proves to be an excellent read for me. The Jauhars (if a monarch was about to lose a battle, mass self-immolation was commenced by women), and Sati practices were widespread in those days. The authors mention those events gracefully. Every significant aspect regarding Meera and Jaimal is incorporated in this volume. If you're a chronicle enthusiast, pick this book right now. I highly recommend it. 

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1 comment:

  1. Wow,I'm definitely going to read that book but after my exams😅🙂

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