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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 24Th June 2016

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Shahenshah :The Life of Aurangzeb  by - N.S. Inamdar & Vikrant Pande 
About the Book :  Aurangzeb must rebel against his father, and compete with his brothers, especially Darashikoh who is Emperor Shah Jahan's favoured son, to become the shahenshah of India and sit on the Peacock Throne. In politics, after all, trust and betrayal are two edges of the same sword. Meanwhile, in his zenankhana, the begums, constantly worrying about inheritance and bloodlines, grow jittery at the arrival of Hira, a mere concubine, who seems to have all of Aurangzeb's heart. The air is heavy with anger and envy, and conspiracies are afoot. Thus begins the reign of one of the darkest characters in Indian history. He murders his own brothers, thows his father in the Agra Fort prison and sends his children into exile. He declares jehad and relentlessly fights the Marathas, famed for their guerrilla tactics, for the last twenty-six years of his life. Aurangzeb is at once the tragic emperor and the ant…