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Challenging Destiny

A Biography of Chhatrapati Shivaji
Narrated by: Avinash Kumar Singh
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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  • 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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it was more about Aurangzeb than Shivaji Maharaj,

reference es were good, authentic work, not gripping it should ha e been more about Marathas

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not to be missed

A brief account of the greatest ruler India has ever seen. Informative as well as entertaining.

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The great Maratha indeed!

Great content, great story telling. Well paced. Must read for every Indian. It is admirable how Shivaji managed to achieve so much in such a short lifespan. Salute to a great Maratha warrior.

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<br />good narration

shivaji Maharaj is a very inspirational character from history and the narrator has done a justice the writer has given precise dates along with trying to be more accurate with the contemporary situations along with Maharaj

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Captivating...!!

I normally choose books on the basis of
a. Performer or Narrator...perfect in this book
b. Content........................... Broadening and deep perspectives
Moreover it's also very enlightening to read about the legacy of a man who has been relegated to the Regional cultural icon. he is much more then that.

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Truly Challenging

Must Read for EVERY INDIAN.
Author has given references with page numbers.
A very good narrative on Shivaji - facts putup in a story. The central characters of Secular Shivaji and Fanatic Aurangzeb are very aptly described. Shivaji's achievements are rightly glorified. Loved the book.

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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.