Book Review, historical fiction

Book Review: Rani Padmavati- The Burning Queen by Anuja Chandramouli

Rani Padmavati- The Burning Queen

Author: Anuja Chandramouli

Publisher: Juggernaut

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

Padmavati is the most beautiful queen 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.

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Queen Padmavati has created quite a buzz. She was known during her time for her extraordinary looks. She was beautiful even at her worst moments. A lot of men had dedicated songs and poems on her beauty. But history has proved it time and again that beauty, in any form can cause trouble. And by that, I mean serious trouble.

Queen Padmavati has been described by different people in ways that prove her beauty and innocence. But she was also a brave queen. A perfect daughter, a perfect wife and a perfect queen, Padmavati takes the crown for all.

Anuja Chandramouli has weaved a story around Queen Padmavati and her husband, Rawal Ratan Singh, the ruler of Chittor, who lost his heart and his mind to this woman who was amazing in its truest sense. The book also gives us a glimpse of the politics and war that was going on during that time and we get to see Allaudin Khalji, the tyrant, who killed thousands in the name of country and power. Allaudin Khalji might be a villain, but he wasn’t the cause of all troubles, it was internal politics and betrayal.

Padmavati here has been described as a smart girl, who is curious and loves collecting information, both political and otherwise. She has been trained expertly by her mother on all household chores and has been raised as an opinionated woman. Padmavati wasn’t a warrior. She was the average princess, raised and taught the same way, Beauty with brains is what her mother always believed in. So, when Padmavati is asked to marry Rawal Rana Singh of Chittor, she didn’t have much of a say because a political alliance was being formed. But in days to come, these two lovebirds are drawn towards each other and a romantic story unfolds.

The strength of this book lies in the fact that the author hasn’t tried to turn her into a warrior queen, fighting for rights and wrongs. She has been a subtle character throughout, even at the end when Queen Padmavati decides to jump into the fire, she is shown to be a modest woman, doing her duty towards her kingdom and her king.

However, the end sends a lot of confusing messages and I had my doubts. The ending could have had a bit more impact if Padmavati shone brighter than her husband, but maybe that’s because the author wanted to end the story in a full circle and convince us that there are two sides of a coin.

A retrospective book that has covered the life of Queen Padmavati and the scenario around her, both political and personal. Anuja Chandramouli writes a story that is easy to grasp and imagine.

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5-heart-rating

Purchase Links:                                 |AmazonPaperback|

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Now, I shall go and watch the movie 😛

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