Author: Ian Austin
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174360913
This presentation celebrates the life and times of the most distinguished Rajput royal family in the history of India.
It chronicles for the first time in contemporary literature, the complete story of the Mewar dynasty, in a compelling, fast-moving narrative. . From its beginnings in mythology and the emergence of the Rajputs, to the siting of the family line in Medpata (as Mewar was originally known) in the 6th century AD, and the founding of the actual Mewar dynasty in the 8th century. The dynasty survived the medieval turbulence of Islamic invasions, the reign of the powerful Mughal emperors, the invasions of the Marathas, the 'silent takeover' of the British Raj and the shock-filled climax of Indian Independence in 1947.
With their lifestyle, titles and source of income shattered, the Mewar family, in true Rajput style, fought back with the only weapons they had left: pride, courage and ingenuity. They began converting their opulent palaces into 5-star hotels, the most famous being the Lake Palace in Udaipur. Their plans for the new millennium, particularly in the field of charitable work and in the preservation and promotion of their esteemed heritage make fascinating reading.
The pages of the book bristle with the deeds of heroes, heroines and villains that have become legend in the annals of Rajasthan. Indeed, the book is an 'unputdownable' mini epic that will enthrall all readers - from history buffs to students, tourist and avid readers who simply like a good story. Incredible though it may seem, this one actually happened, and continues along its high road of success.