Book’s name: Padmavat
Author’s name: Purushottam Agarwal
Publisher: Rupa publications
My rating: 4/5
It’s been almost 500 years since Malik Mohammed Jyasai has written his famous poem Padmavat and still after all these years some people are still interested in the legend of beautiful princess Padmavati and her love story. This book written by Purushottam Agarwal, illustrated by Devdutt Pattanaik is a beautiful and detailed interpretation of the poem.
It was a great experience reading about heroics of Gora and Badal, divine love of Raja Rawal Ratansingh and Simhal princess Padmavati, jealousy of his first wife Nagmati and unending lust of Allauddin for the princess. The beautiful illustrations were cherry on the cake. This book was not what I expected, another fiction novel on Padmavati but an interpretation of the original poem written by Jayasi. Jayasi has beautifully portrayed in this poem the perfect amalgamation of fiction and reality. He has described some events and places as divine while on the other hand, he has described all the human and effects in as much detail as possible. From delicious cuisines to feasts, from the long route of Chittor to Simhal to simple catfights between two wives of Ratansingh everything has been given the utmost detailed explanation in his poem.
As the original poem’s is language is quite difficult to understand so I found this book really useful in understanding the content of the poem. The cover page of the book is simple and decorated with an illustration of Padmavati holding her dear parrot Hiraman in her hand who played a vital role in the mating of Ratansen and Padmavati. This book is a really good catch for those who are interested in the history of Padmavati.