The Legend

SKU: 9789355592224

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  • Author :Gautam Pradhan
  • Publisher : Leadstar
  • Price: 399
  • Pages: 264
  • Binding: Softbound
  • Imprint: Leadstart
  • Genre: Epic Fiction
  • ISBN: 9789355592224

About The Book

For the first time in over three centuries, the Maratha homeland has seen one of
its own sons crowned as a sovereign King. The coronation of Maharaj Shivaji Raje
Bhosale as the first Maratha Chhatrapati, has added a new political power in the
Deccan, and changed the course of Indian history.

Chhatrapati Shivaji expands his holdings, first along the west coast, and later
along the east coast of the Indian peninsula, in systematically planned and
brilliantly executed military campaigns that leave both the Adilshahi and the
Mughal Empire dumbfounded. In a year-long campaign into the Adilshahi
Karnatak, the Chhatrapati first befriends the Qutubshah, then annexes an entire
district, as well as his father’s former estates, subduing his rebellious half-brother.He returns victorious, having changed the political, social and economic future of
the South. The true impact of this phenomenal campaign will be felt years after his
death, when Aurangzeb launches his final war against the Marathas, and these
southern lands provide a safe haven for the Chhatrapati’s younger son.

Following his return from this whirlwind campaign, the Chhatrapati struggles to
come to terms with his own health, and family strife. Troubled by the growing
discord between his eldest son, Sambhaji, and his chief wife, Soyarabai, as also
the widening chasm between Sambhaji and his ministers, he loses hope that his
beloved Swarajya will hold its own after his demise.

Finally, with no solution to the domestic crisis in view, Chhatrapati Shivaji, the
extraordinary man, who inspired millions to rebel against bigoted foreign rulers,
and established a free state for his people, breathes his last and passes into

About The Author

Gautam Pradhan is a Radiologist by profession. Educated in Mumbai, he has
been in private medical practice for two decades.
Passionate about history, Gautam reads voraciously on the subject and enjoys
visiting places of historical interest. Possessed of an imaginitive bent of mind, he
felt caged within the restrictive confines of the medical profession and took to
writing as a hobby. It seemed a natural choice to base his first book on historical
events and the life and times of a man he has always revered. He has devoted a
decade to researching and writing the Shivaji Trilogy, receiving valuable inputs
through extensive discussions with eminent historians. The project on Shivaji’s
life, in three dramatized volumes, has been an emotional but intensely fulfilling
journey. 300 Brave Men (Book I), and Lord of the Royal Umbrella (Book II), were
published to critical acclaim.


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