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  • Bagi Sultan [Rebel Sultans]

  • Khilji Se Shivaji Tak Ka Deccan
  • Written by: S. Pillai
  • Narrated by: Ram Gopal Sharma
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Asia
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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In 1707, when Emperor Aurangzeb went to his grave, the Mughal empire began to crack into a hundred fractured pieces. It was the lure of the Deccan that drained this conqueror’s energies, putting him on a course of collision with his most threatening adversaries. After all, the Deccan was a land that inspired wonder. Its treasures were legendary, and its kings magnificent. It was a horizon of rousing adventure, attracting talent from beyond oceans. A traveller here could encounter bands of European snipers, available for military hire, or forbidding fortresses where African nobles scaled the heights of power. Diamonds and pearls lay heaped in the Deccan’s bazaars while in its courts thrived Persians and Marathas, Portuguese and Georgians, presiding over a world of drama and betrayal. A thousand fortunes were made in the Deccan, drawing the formidable envy of generations of Mughal emperors.

In Rebel Sultans, Manu S. Pillai narrates the story of the Deccan from the close of the t13th century to the dawn of the 18th. Packed with riveting tales and compelling characters, this book takes us from the age of Alauddin Khilji to the ascent of Shivaji. We witness the dramatic rise and fall of the Vijayanagar empire, even as we negotiate intrigues at the courts of the Bahmani kings and the Rebel Sultans who overthrew them. From Chand Bibi, a valorous queen stabbed to death, and Ibrahim II of Bijapur, a Muslim prince who venerated Hindu gods, to Malik Ambar, the Ethiopian warlord, and Krishnadeva Raya on Vijayanagar’s Diamond Throne - they all appear here as we journey through one of the most arresting sweeps of Indian history. Unravelling a forgotten chapter in our medieval past, Rebel Sultans reminds us of a different age and a different time in the Deccan - one that ended an empire and rewrote India’s destiny.

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Simply amazing!

Amazing book, must read by every history enthusiast, especially those having particular interest in Deccan.

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you need to hear this

great narration, great writing.... overall a wonderful audible journey!!! history almost forgotten was really brought to life. thanks mr.pillai, mr.sharma and audible 🙏

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Exciting look into the theatre of Deccan

S pillai brings to life the anecdotal stories I knew about Deccan and sets the context. Bijapur, Ahmednagar, Vijaya Nagar, Hyderabad all come to life. The dynamic relationships and the grey nature of many characters has been brought out quite sincerely. The last chapter can be differently named with its own heading highlighting Marathas.
Ram Gopal Sharma has done a good job narrating this in Hindi. I wish more books come out with a Hindi narration. At places though, either the weakness of translation or the tone of narration takes the sentence to a different conclusion than how the sentences start.

A wonderful listen.

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good to know history of Deccan

good to listen to history of Deccan, it is quite fascinating thank the author for his insights.

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Detailed Research and Interesting Narration

This books is an excellent piece of work to describe the history of Deccan which is not known to many.

The only mistake I found is the description of date of Battle of Talikota. In stead of 1565, it is pronounced as 1965 in Chapter 4 at 53:19 minute.

The only addition could be slightly detailed description of approach taken by these kingdoms to tackle the Europeans.

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Nice writing by S Piiiai

I get very much needed information from this. I get many facts about deccan which I don't have.

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political History of South India

Political History of South India in a book Bagi Sultana is interesting. It was presented in stories. I think it was near with true. thanks. I have finished it please return for another book.

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Adbhut itihaas ka ek Khoobsurat Varnan

Saral Lekhni , Dynamic Structure of storytelling , Aapko kuch Behtareen Tasveerein Dikhayenge .

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very nice

Very very unknown information about history which is hidden is clear and thankful to author and publisher.

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Excellent history of South India

I have really enjoyed a lot with the book and gain a lot of knowledge about the Kingdoms and the rivalry between them in South India. most of the Indian history is dominated by Rajput and Mughals but this book gives all the information regarding the up and down of the South Indian states.