Title: Padmavat: An Epic Love Story
Author: Purushottam Agrawal & Illustrated by Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Publication Date: 20th May, 2018
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Do you know what is Padmavat? Are you the one who thinks that it is a new formed word just removing “i” from the name ‘Padmavati’. Well, I was one such person who thought it until I read this book.
Honestly, I wondered earlier why the most hyped Bollywood movie on this same concept chose to title as Padmavat instead of Padmavati? And I did believe it to be just withdrawal of vowel “i” and I was weary enough to research about it. Such books are really need to be written for people like me!
Well, before starting with the review, I would like to define Padmavat in author’s context. ‘Padmavat’ is an epic poem written by medieval age Sufi Malik Muhammad Jayasi named after Queen Padmavati of Chittor.
“love turns humans into the divine”
In this book, the author brings in the real story of Queen Padmavati by translating and interpreting the epic poem ‘Padmavat’. The book holds the expositions and commentary of the poem and its stanzas.
The author has transcribed Jayasi’s Padmavat and has also compared interpretations of another authors’ version of Padmavat. For instance, in the chapter ‘A glimpse of Padmini’, the author recounts two versions of the Padmini which were written after Jayasi’s Padmavat. Chupai by Hemratan in 1588 and Baat by Jatmal in 1627.
In the Introduction part, the author has admired the man behind the poem, Malik Muhammad Jayasi and his substantial work. Jayasi was a Muslim, a Sufi in his belief, but Padmavat is not a Sufi discourse or manual in the guise of an epic poem.
“A devout Muslim, a knowledgeable ‘Indian seeker of Truth’. – author”
The book holds comments, comparisons and connotations retelling its readers what was real Padmavat in context of Jayasi’s narrative, portrayal of beautiful Padmavati, lover and valiant rajput Ratansen and obsessed Alauddin Khilji.
Moreover, the book has been embellished by alluring illustrations which has been done by Devdutt Pattanaik.
The author has deftly translated Jayasi’s Padmavat and it was delightful reading his profound narration.
Why to read this book
The moment the book came into my hand, I was eager to read what’s there in store in this mesmeric book and equally excited to read Padmavati and Ratansen’s epic love story.
Well! I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to everyone to get an insight of Jayasi’s Padmavat.
Have you happened to read this book? Or already read it?
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