Title – The Peshwa: The Lion and the Stallion
Author – Ram Sivasankaran
Publisher – Westland Ltd
Genre – Fiction
The book is about Bajirao Bhat, a mighty warrior who was the Peshwa of the Maratha Confederacy. The book provides an account of his rise as a great warrior and an efficient statesman during the Maratha regime.
Ram Sivasankaran was born in Madras, India and has spent most of his life abroad, largely in the Middle East and the United States of America. Ram has a keen interest in stories of valour, heroism, chivalry, beauty, and romance. The Peshwa: The Lion and the Stallion is the debut novel of Ram.
Though the book has elements of fiction, it provides an interesting account of rise of Bajirao Bhat as the Peshwa of Maratha Confederacy after the demise of former Peshwa and his father Vishwanath Bhat. The book provides an account of first of his many wars which he has fought within his lifespan. The book begins by showing him riding alongside his father to north to free Yesubai, the mother of Shahu and the widow of Sambhaji, from Mughal captivity.
Once Vishwanath Bhat succumbs to an incurable disease, Bajirao assumes the role of peshwa and his first assignment is to get rid of traitors and stop the invading army of Mughals.
The writing and narration style is interesting and provides vivid description of various events. Though it is the debut novel of the author nowhere you tend to feel it. On all pages you get a feeling that it is the work of a pro. The book also presents Bajirao as loving husband and caring father and mentions about his wife Kashi and his son. The book ends with an introduction of Mardani – The Princess of Bundelkhand.
Overall the book is interesting and a treat for history lovers.
I would rate the book as 4/5.