Monday, 29 February 2016

Babasaheb Purandare Books (Part 2)

Title: Maharaj 

Author: Babasaheb Purandare 

This book is an extract of the novel named Raja Shivchatrapati written by the same author. Similar to the main novel, this book also contains the entire compilation of all events related to the life of Shivaji Maharaj, his rule, his fight against Mughal rule and his later years. However, this book has been written in brief as an attempt to make it easy to read for children. It only contains 152 pages as compared to the original version that had around 1000 pages in total. The book has been written in two versions - English and Marathi.

Title: Purandar 

Author: Babasaheb Purandare

The book receives its name from the fort Purandar that is around 50 kilometers southeast of Pune. The author describes various events that had taken place in this fort during the period of Shivaji Maharaj. The book narrates historical incidents of how Aurangazeb’s forces headed by Mirza Jaisingh and assisted by Diler Khan besieged this fort. The author introduces Murarbaji Deshpande, keeper of the fort, who lost his life fighting against Aurangazeb’s forces.

Title: Shelar Khind 

Author: Babasaheb Purandare

A novel that tells the story of a common villager named "Sarja," who helped the King to regain a fort from the Mughals. Apart from describing Sarja’s adventures, courage and bravery; this book also represents the village life, culture and social issues prevalent in those times very aptly. It is a book comprising of 221 pages and described as a nail bitter experience by readers. The author has also described the King’s emotions and feelings so beautifully that it has acted as an added advantage to the book’s popularity.

Title: Raigad 

Author: Babasaheb Purandare 

The book details about incidents that took place in the fort of Raigad. It was the capital of Shivaji’s kingdom. The book consists of 121 pages narrating various stories and events that took place years ago during the Shivaji rule. Similar to many other books of this eminent author, this book also aims at presenting historical facts related to the fort that appears to be interesting for children. The book has a special mention of various eminent characters such as Nawab Shahistekhan, Chakan Fort, Balahi Aawji etc.

Title: Janta Raja Book 

Author: Babasaheb Purandare 

A novel that rotates around the life of Shivaji Maharaj starting from his birth to his coronation as the Chhattrapati. The novel has been enacted as the famous Janta Raja Play for several times in and around  Maharashtra. It has also earned appreciation in foreign land. The novel also highlights the role of Jijabai in molding Shivaji as a warrior and leader that is found to be very inspiring by readers. The novel has been written in a manner that interests readers of all age group. It triggers patriotism and love for one’s own country. Thus, the book as well as the play is a must read and watch for all.

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