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When destiny stood between him and his destination. 

Darkness engulfs the Indian subcontinent. The 17th century is destined to be an era of brutal wars, incessant oppression and physical and spiritual carnage in the name of religion. Shivaji, a warrior and thinker far ahead of his times, rises and renders a rousing dream - respect and dignity for human life, economic equity and empowerment. Destiny does not favour him; he faces terribile odds - a fallen and defeated populace, the might of the Mughal Empire, and naval supremacy of the Western powers. Thus begins a battle of conflicting ideologies, contrasting belief systems, and sharply different visions of India - a stake is the future of most ancient civilization. Witness the beginnings of the momentous events that will send thunderbolts across centuries, the echoes of which still haunt the subcontinent. 

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©2016 Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A concise yet comprehensive account of the enigma we call Shivaji. Imperative reading for history buffs." (Ashwin Sanghi, best-selling author of Chanakya's Chant, The Krishna Key, and The Sialkot Saga)
"[The book has] captured Shivaji’s glorious tryst with destiny for the layman." (Vinita Deshmukh, Former Senior Editor, The Indian Express)

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Amazing and captivating

I finished the book within 5 days. could not stop listening. Author has made it very interesting. you will not read this in our history books. a must listen for every Indian on one of the greatest Indian kings who fought Mughals and one of the reasons for the beginning of the downfall of Mughal empire. Mughal empires atrocities against Hindus is also explained in great detail with references

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Nothing great except the name and person.

The content is too overladen with citations and cross references. It thereby goes into loops of parallel stories and loses focus. No language coordinator used in the production - hence pronunciations of names or places is incorrect at most places. Poor voice modulation. Narrative and narration, both are weak.

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  • JR
  • 19-11-19

Excellent insight about Shivaji Maharaj's life

Staying in Maharashtra, I always wanted to read about Shivaji Maharaj's life and his administration skills. This book gave me lot of details about his life and help me understand the great man.

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once you start no way. to stop it..

brilliant and gripping story telling. with facts and references and dates.. every indian should read this book.

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Chronological sequence of shivaji maharaj's time

story is a chronological events during shivaji's time and it not a biography of shivaji only. More information about shivaji is expected, like his personal life, military strategies, his administration would have been highly appreciated.

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Must read

Must read to understand that Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj isn't just limited to Maharashtra and how entire India owes him respect.

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A Must listen!

Brilliant rendition of a powerful, inspiring story! Changes one's perspective to life. The narrator deserves kudos for his magnetic voice.

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Many important events are not narrated in this audiobook.
This was an Overview of The Great Chatrapati Shivaji Maharajas life.
The author should have consulted Dr Babasaheb Purandare for details on Shivajis life

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Truly Inspirational !!

An awesome read. If anybody wants to know about Shivaji then this is THE book. So much to learn from him.

Very well written and equally well narrated.

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A story every Indian should know about

Medha Bhaskaran has gone about doing her job very differently that most other. She has not develled on the romance of the idea of Raje but has tried to recreate him through the various reference and citations from other pieces of work from renowned historians. There is nothing that she has written which cannot be crossed checked or confirmed. This make the book invaluable for a history buff or as reference point for future endeavors. Its is very hard to write about Historical facts and include a narrative in it, to her credit the writers does an exceptional job keep the underlying narrative of the subjects destiny alive throughout the book. The writer has done a commendable job to include such thrilling accounts of Raje’s life like his battle strategies, his vision in forming the first naval force by an Indian ruler and the bravery and sacrifice of his people.
The writing is fluent once you get used to the numerous citations and cross references which are irritation when you first begin. The language is simple to understand and follow, the pace of at which the story flows is very good. The reference of work from other writers is a treasure for some one looking to read about Raje’s life as much as once can to genuinely try and understand the person. The names of some of the Muslim Jagirdars and other men of courts are very similar, so once gets confused about whom one is referring to at some point.

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  • Prakash Sambasivan
  • 08-10-20

A thoroughly enjoyable and captivating book

I loved listening to this audio book. An amazing life story of a great warrior and King. If you like history and specifically Kings and empires then this is a must read/listen book for you.

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  • Vivek
  • 02-08-18

Nice Book

Good resource to know maratha history. Need to improve pronunciation of names of great maratha worriors.