The story of the Moghul Prince Khurram – Emperor Shahjahan, set in four volumes, begins with this first volume from the time of his birth in January 1592. The Prologue introduces us to a British cemetery in Chunar, where startling discoveries are made regarding the grave of a Sufi mystic, and his hoary connections with the Moghuls of seventeenth century. Many centuries ago, a young prince, born exactly 1000 years from the birth of Islam, becomes the Millennium’s Most Fortunate Child. Prince Khurram, introduced to the perils and fatal imbroglios of the royal harem at a tender age of 45 days and the Deccan Wars at the age of seven, watches with loathing the treachery and rebellion of his own father, Prince Salim, against Emperor Akbar, and the seeds of future rebellion and fratricide are sown. 'Daggers of Treason' is a richly detailed roller coaster ride of clandestine liaisons and intrigue within the harem, the grandeur and cruelty so easily juxtaposed within the Moghul realm, the call of the Timurids to wage relentless war and the eventual decay of Padshah Ghazi Abu’l Fath Jala Ud Din Mohammed Akbar.
A ship of Many Oars is a collection of nine short stories, woven on the tapestry of Indian quirks, delinquent nobility, and galloping suspense! The stories meander over the ghost infested hills of Kumaon, thru the Machiavellian minds of big time robbers and into the ravines of Bundelkhand, where Rani Laxmibai rides with Damodar Rao strapped to her back. You will get to meet the Nawab of Bilaul celebrating his declining status with his eccentric, but affble friend, Zamindar Biltoo Khan - and march with the 147th Brigade of the British Indian Army into the disease ridden jungles of war time Burma! Justice and Fate are fickle friends, as you shall find in the cells of Fatenpur Central Jail! This collection is a must have for evenings of leisure... you will keep coming back to the fine and colourful yarns!! "Simple uncomplicated plots - and then, the end hits you - hard." Saurabh Chawla, Author, Blogger, Core Member - Shortizen, India's most popular literary magazine. "Interesting.... riveting short stories" Sanjeev Mathur, Editorial Head, The Book Bakers. "Good concepts.... the writing is engaging." Durgesh Shastri, Author, Curse of Red Soil and Founder, Inkcraft, LLP. "Master story teller.... crisply written.... old world charm," Pawan Kumar Mishra, International Vedic Astrologer, Transpersonal Coach and Author of 'The Living Hanuman'.
This is Book 2 of the four volume ‘The Curse Of The Mughal Series’. The narrative begins from the historically significant city of Lahore, where the mystery of Anarkali lies buried in the current building of the Panjab Civil Secretariat. It covers the reign of the fourth Mughal Emperor, Mirza Nur-ud-din Baig Mohammed Khan Salim Jahangir and delves into the rebellion of Prince Khusrau and Prince Khurram Shahjahan and its debilitating effects on the structure of the Mughal empire. The spirit of Anarkali flits in and out of the story and culminates in a dramatic revelation at the end. A compelling read.
Book 3 of the series. It begins with the travel of an emperor in a coffin from the hilly tracts of Deccan to the stately fortress of Agra. This volume covers the reign of Padshah Ghazi Shahab Ud Din Mohammed Khurram Shahjahan and apart from his conquests and magnificent court, it also explores his amorous proclivities within and outside the harem. The deep hatred between Prince Dara Shukoh and Aurangzeb, and the restless trajectory of Princes Shah Shuja and Murad Baksh, defines the future course of the War Of Succession and its disastrous repercussions, as it also heralds the death knell of the Mughal Empire. Chastened and imprisoned by his own son in the Shah Burj of Agra Fort, The Magnificent Shahjahan slowly decays and surrenders to the Free Will Of Destiny.
This 4th and final volume comes a full circle and explores the mystery of the Sufi mystic’s tomb near Chunar Fort, who seems to have been tied with the strong binds of the Timurid Dynasty. Touching, fleeting and altogether enthralling, this volume reveals a secret which History as we know it, can never reconcile. Riveting!