Swami – Ranjit Desai

My Rating –5/5 Language – Marathi Summary – “And the plains of Panipat were not more fatal to the Maratha Empire than the early end of this excellent prince..” These famous lines by British historian Grant Duff aptly summarise the reign of Madhavrao I. “Swami” – Ranjit Desai’s celebrated novel on the life of this…

Panipat 1761 – T. S. Shejwalkar

My Rating – 5/5 Language – Marathi Summary – Panipat 1761 is the synthesis of more than 20 years of great efforts by T.S. Shejwalkar to bring to us the most reliable account of this great battle. Written 50 years ago, this remains the best books chronicling the epic battle between Marathas and Abdali. Review…

Panipat – Vishwas Patil

Language – Marathi My Rating – 5/5               Summary – “Two pearls have been dissolved, 27 gold coins have been lost and of the silver and copper the total cannot be cast up” – These words describe the outcome of the Third Battle of Panipat fought between Marathas and…

Shreeman Yogi – Ranjit Desai

Language – Marathi/English My Rating – 5/5 Summary – Shreeman Yogi is a historical novel depicting life of Chatrapati Shivaji. Scripted by Ranjit Desai, the celebrated Marathi author, Shreeman Yogi along with Swami is considered as the best among his works. Review – Being a Maharashtrian it is extremely difficult for me to critically review…

The Immortals of Meluha – Amish Tripathi

My Rating – 3.75/5 Summary – Ever wondered how Gods achieved Godliness? Whether they were born great or achieved greatness or greatness was thrust upon them? Well.. Here is Amish’s take on that and an interesting one too. Review – The year is 1900 BC. The legendary Suryavanshi Empire, founded by Lord Ram is at…

Yugant – Irawati Karve

My Rating – 5/5 Summary – Yugant studies the characters and society of Mahabharat with a keen rational attitude that no other book has ever done. Written more than 50 years ago this book still remains to me the most significant read on Mahabharat. Review – I first read Yugant when I was 12 and still…