Life is a battle of sorts, there is a story behind every battle fought, written by the winner. The only choice is that, either you choose to write the tale or life will do it for you.
One day the father may pass away but on that day, the son becomes the father. The grandson becomes the son. There is always a father; always a son. Always a parent; always a child.
History has a charm that many of us don’t take a second glance at. The story changes with time and the recorded story is just a document. Until there comes a time when the same story is retold with the emotions and life instilled into the characters. One such story brought back to life is : The Peshwa.
Name: The Peshwa, The Lion and the Stallion( Click on the link to buy)
Publishers: Westland Books
Description of The Peshwa:
When the sun shines over the Mughal empire, the bearers of the sun, the Marathas fell to the onslaught of the Empire.
Over years, the Peshwa of the Maratha Confederacy, Balaji Vishwanath Bhat gains strength to retaliate and bend the knees of the Emperor on the Peacock throne.
The only thorn in his side is the loyal and faithful Nizam. His cunning mind is the only thing saving the Empire from falling to the Marathas. However, the lion of Mughals makes peace with the stallion of Marathas with a gesture that leaves the Marathas in peace and Nizam in fury.
The Nizam is sent to Malwa to suffer in the barren lands close to the Maratha hold. There he sits and makes his grand plan to extract revenge from the Peshwa.
Unfortunately, before he gets a chance to retaliate, the Peshwa moves on to the other world, leaving his eighteen-year-old son to be the sword and shield of the Chatrapathi.
The young Peshwa with his theoretical knowledge has to prove his mettle and fill in the shoes of the Peshwa heritage. Being the first Peshwa to learn the art of warfare, he has an immense responsibility to bear the confederacy and keep it from falling apart. At the same time, for the Mughals, the time has come to make their move.
How will the new Peshwa make his stand? How will he emerge from the clutches of the lion? How will he lead his men to the battlefield when he has yet to witness one for himself?
What does it take to become a Peshwa?
What is he willing to sacrifice for the peace and lives of his men?
My take on The Peshwa:
One thing that I understood when I started reading this story was, the future is set in motion for every individual even before the plot has been planned. The only way is to fulfill the role that is designed for the individual.
At the beginning, the story is setting the stage for the young Peshwa to take up responsibilities. Under the guidance of a clever and cunning man, the game is put into action. What he does not know is that another story is overlapping him throughout this journey.
I absolutely loved the story from the very beginning and I am in love with the author’s style of narration. He has painted the 18th century with his words for the reader to get lost into and live a life of court politics and warfare.
In between, he brings the joys of life and gives each and every character the freedom to develop into actual people. The emotions that are portrayed are so good that even a person who does not know history will fall in love with the characters.
The strength of each character, the shrewdness, the love, the pain, the joy and the way they synchronize with each other is something that I really love about the book.
The best part is
The writing that went into creating a battlefield and then choreographing the fight in a way that leaves the reader, is pure magic! I had goosebumps while reading it. I had not expected the war to be that captivating.
Another thing that left me baffled and in pain after finishing the book is that the story is not focused on the protagonist and antagonist alone. It is true that the story is from their perspective and the journey is designed in a way that we understand the emotions of the Peshwa. I loved it very very much.
However, the characters that come along this journey are growing and developing with the time. Nobody is forgotten and faded. Everyone is accounted for and everyone gets a place in the story of victory.
I think that is true with each one of us. A lot of people make their presence in our lives. When they leave, there is a hole left behind by them. Maybe someone may fill that gap, however, the pain still remains.
One of my friends said a statement: ” You may join a broken thread, however, the knot will always remain and remind you that the thread is not as it used to be”.
Burning the bridges is the easy part, turning and looking back at the people on the other side is the hardest. The Peshwa is one book where you can actually feel this.
So with everything, I rate the book 5/5 stars!!! I loved the writing, the style of narration and the story itself.
I received the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest review and it has in no way affected my views about the book.