History has always been one of my favourite subjects – Ram Sivasankaran
I even used to memorise the dates with great mechanical enthusiasm. Hearing lectures and reading up history, was always like reading these beautiful (or ugly, depending on the event/person) stories.
I wanted to put some icons I’ve grown to love and admire under the spotlight. Since I am not an academic historian, I wanted to tell the story from the point of view of a novelist. And I feel it is important to keep the plot line simple, yet powerful and telling the story well.
The Peshwa – The Lion and the Stallion
It is the 18th century and despite the dominant Mughal rule, the Marathas have established itself as a force to be reckoned with.The fragile peace between the two powers is threatened when Balaji Vishvanath Bhat, Peshwa, foils the plans of Nizam Ul Mulk of the Mughal Empire, and asserts the power of the Marathas.
When the Peshwa surrenders his life to a terminal illness dark clouds gather over the Confederacy as it is threatened by a Mughal invasion as well as an internal rebellion.
All the while a passive spectator, Peshwa’s son, Bajirao Bhat, now needs to rise beyond the grief of his father’s passing. His scant military and administrative experience, and his intense love for his wife and newborn son to rescue everything he holds dear. Will the young man be able to protect the Confederacy from internal strife and crush the armies of the Empire all while battling inner demons? Will he live up to his title of Peshwa?
While I believe in absolute evil and can think up examples of who can be seen as its personification, there is always a perspective and rationale behind one’s deeds, at least to oneself.
As such, I try exploring different perspectives and their associated characters in depth.
I’ve always been a day-dreamer and I loved conjuring up historical scenes, costumes, settings, courtrooms, moods, battles and romances as I read on.
The inspiration to write stems from my inherent passion for history and from my belief that some of our heroes and heroines don’t exactly have tomes dedicated to their contributions, as do some dynasties like the Mughals.
I’d like to think of myself as an adventurer, not so much in terms of travel but in the path of life itself. I believe, when possible, life should not merely be lived away as a mundane chore – one has to diversify, try out things, find your calling. There is never too little time to do many things.
I am an aerospace engineer working in financial technology and a writer of historical fiction with a passion in ancient Indian/Hindu texts.
I try to balance writing with my day job. I’d love to say I am a nine-to-fiver by the day and a crazy author by night but I have no fixed schedule. I give priority to my day job as it puts food on my plate but when I can, like during workouts, I give dreaming its due.
Dreaming is possibly the biggest part of writing. Dream it well and pen it down before it all dissipates.
About the author :
Ram Sivasankaran is an Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering at Stanford University. The first of his two-book historical fiction series marks the Peshwa, Bajirao’s rise to power and his method of fighting and overcoming tremendous odds for someone his age. The second book, which he is currently working on, will show you a more seasoned and bloodied general in Bajirao while exploring his passions and mature emotions.
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