Preview: Seventeenth century Hindustan. The Sunni Mughals rule the north of Hindustan even as the Deccan lies under the rule of Shia kingdoms. At a time when Shivaji,a Maratha landholder from the western Deccan, is busy eliminating the self-serving, native landlords, Aurangzeb, third in the line to the Mughal throne, declares war on the Shia kingdoms. Shivaji does what no one has done before: he plunders the Mughal terrain while Aurangzeb bathes the Deccan in blood. Aurangzeb hates the audacity of the kafir. It can set a dangerous precedent but first,he must forge a bloody path to the Mughal throne. Frontiers of Karma is the story of Raja Shivaji’s passion to create a swaraj for his people and Emperor Aurangzeb’s pathological obsession to eliminate Shivaji and his ideology. The Counterstroke is the first part of the trilogy delineating Shivaji’s astounding confrontation with Aurangzeb’s brilliant politics.
Because we say so? No. Pick up this book if history is your passion, or if you hate history. There’s nothing better than a filling of history wrapped in fiction for you to gulp in no time. This ain’t any drab history text book which will put you off to sleep. Though it comes from a debut author, the cover and blurb looks promising enough to start reading. We feel Shivaji hasn’t been covered enough in our Indian history text books and yet, he was a fascinating emperor who had the courage to stand up to Aurangzeb. Read this one to find out the secrets and truths about Shivaji Maharaj.