Book review | The Brahmin Warrior by R. Durgadoss
Author: R. Durgadoss
Genre: historical fiction
No. of pages: 200
Published by: Rupa Publications
Published on: 5th October 2019
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Having defeated Rana Sanga and his Rajput Army in the battle of khanwa, Babur descends upon chanderi in January 1528. With only a few men to defend the fort, the Rajput decide that the women would immolate themselves and save their honour, while the men would fight Babur's forces till the last drop of their blood. Even as the women start jumping into the fire, me era, the wife of the head priest, stays back. She has conceived after sixteen years. Her husband runs away to save himself and she is forced into slavery by her captors. Fortunately, she and her new-born son, Aditya, are rescued from the slave market by a Sufi ascetic, who hands them over to Abdul gafoor, a Mughal commander. Meera and Aditya become a part of gafoor’s family and he treats her like a sister. Aditya grows up to become the most skilful warrior in the army of the Hindu king hemu. But, can he be trusted? Find out in this action-packed page-turner.
The Brahmin Warrior is a complex blend of historical fiction and a bit of fantasy that gives the readers an action packed and interesting take on the 16th century Mughal dynasty.
The introductory page gives a prologue about the series. This particular book is the 4th book in the series. I really liked the concept of this series. Our protagonist had been cursed by his Guruji in his first life due to some tragic circumstances and norw he has to live 9 unfulfilled lives to appease his Guruji. Each of the books in the series is each of his birth.
In his third birth, our protagonist is born as Aditya to a Vaishya mother and a Brahmin father who is the head priest in Rana Sanga's fort. When Babur's army comes attacking, there is no hope left for the outnumbered Rajput army other than letting the women sacrifice themselves in the sacrificial fire from being taken as slaves by Babur's army and the men going head-on into the fight and honouring the Rajput name. Aditya's mother is taken into custody by a Muslim Commander where Aditya is raised and well taken care of.
Aditya grows up to be an excellent fighter and and even excellent war strategic under the guidance of Lord Parasuram. They work together towards bringing back Hindu Raj from the hands of the Mughal Badshahs. Thus begins Aditya's unfortunate journey of living yet another unsatisfactory life.
The Brahmin Warrior is an unique package of action, thrill and page-turning events. You'll find yourself hooked to the story. It can get confusing at times but the author very delicately sketches out his characters and places them in the field. I liked the author's take on 16th century India and what atrocities were going on in India at that time.
I found the book interesting but didn't like certain aspects of the book. Like, even when Aditya's family gets torn apart when Babur attacks, decades later they somehow coincidentally meet each other. Even though the book has elements of fantasy in it, it didn't quite just sit right with the book's story.
The author has also shown the most vile side of the Mughal Emperors. While reading the book I felt that this negative intonation was a bit too much. As was Lord Parasuram's intense desire to bring back 'Hindu Raj.' I felt that the book got too discriminatory at times.
I loved the concept (as I already mentioned before) but I personally feel that this concept could have been written in the form of a book in a much better way. It was an interesting read nonetheless.
The author's writing style is crisp and simple. Though at times I felt that the author jumped from one sentence to another, as in, one thing happened in one sentence and the next sentence talks about a completely different thing.
It was an exhilarating read and had a good reading experience.
Dr R. Durgadoss (his associates call him Dr DD) is an entrepreneur, an inspirational speaker, a writer and a life coach. He holds a PhD in corporate finance and has had a career spanning more than three decades with leading multinational institutions. He has a deep-rooted passion for Indian mythology, history and philosophy. This is his fourth book of the series.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.