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While returning from my last trip to India three weeks ago, my eyes fell on book Sword of Tipu Sultan I wanted to read the book on Tipu Sultan for a long time I grabbed the book and started reading instantly Better late than never.The first pages of the book or rather the introductory part assured me that I would tread on the factual footprints of that famous history as the author, Bhagwan Gidwani referred to the awe and respect in which the Frenchman whom he had met held Tipu Sultan for ha While returning from my last trip to India three weeks ago, my eyes fell on book Sword of Tipu Sultan I wanted to read the book on Tipu Sultan for a long time I grabbed the book and started reading instantly Better late than never.The first pages of the book or rather the introductory part assured me that I would tread on the factual footprints of that famous history as the author, Bhagwan Gidwani referred to the awe and respect in which the Frenchman whom he had met held Tipu Sultan for having died on the battlefield and what actually made the writer to embark upon the project to sketch the biography of the warrior whom the British dreaded the most I could realize the travail of the author in collecting the facts surrounding the rise and fall of Tipu Sultan.As I crossed the first few chapters, I realized that the historical account presented by Bhagwan Gidwani falls into that category of history writing where the writer starts assuming things and events for a variety of reasons including lack of information or for the sake of the adding excitement to the historical facts or just to make history interesting However, I wondered, when he must have read enormously about the subject and traveled across the world to obtain references after references, why should the capacious information would need such supplements Doubtlessly, Bhagwan did a marvelous job in structuring and organizing the biography of Tipu Sultan What is the most remarkable is the dexterity of the writer in keeping the reader glued to the book and chaining him by seamlessly integrating different blends of spirituality, beliefs, psychiatry, human emotions and emotions at the right points enabling the reader to make his own bridges to walk from one place to another The beauty lies not just in the fact that the reader hardly feels that those doses were unwarranted, but also unconsciously treat them as part of that history The lessons on morality, ethics and patriotism continue through the length and breadth of the book and do not ebb even in the heat of the fierce battles All through the book, Tipu Sultan is shown as a brave warrior who once wore the mantle on his head never took it out, though his compassion, mercy and the spirit of forgiveness never diminished Be that the circumstances in which Tipu was forced to kill his own soldier to defend chastity of the womenfolk of the opponent in the battle or the courage and foresight with which he was able to overpower the huge English forces in the battle of Pollilur with a slender force of 1500 men Deliberately or otherwise, the writer presented the metamorphosis of Tipu Sultan very elegantly and by the time the reader reaches the end of the book, emotionally speaking, he loves the subtlety with which the role of Tipu Sultan changed to be the master of his mentor, Purnaiah, whom he is shown to have successfully convinced to leave the fort whose wreck and fall was inevitable The mastery of writing was also evident in unfolding the events, both good and bad, at the right moments Besides the element of suspense, that kept the reader guessing For instance, the betrayal by Mir Sadiq had surfaced in my mind at the end of the third Anglo Mysore battle of 1792 as he was found to be accepting unwarranted compromises and bargains at the time when the British forces were contemplating complete withdrawal and his risking his life toward the camp of the British yet, the writer did not unveil the treachery thereby knocking down up my inquisitiveness The debauchery of Mir Sadeq was not divulged at once later too it was revealed in small doses until it ended with the English forces gushing forth into the fort almost unchallenged Again, it was still the life of Tipu Sultant that prolonged the betrayer to conceal his design and he paid it with his own life As a good biography, the book covered not just the life of Tipu Sultan, but the rise of his father, Hyder Ali, in an elaborate manner which paves the way for the reader to get associated with the hero The circumstances which stripped Tipu Sultan of his assumed sainthood and propelled him to enthrone the kingdom of Mysore forms a good preamble The addition of folklores, the myth and superstitions surrounding it too adorn the book Throughout the book, the reader is made to lament on colossal betrayals, intrigues and wickedness of people considered so closed and confidantes As a patriot, my mind also kept cursing the English imperialists who left no stone unturned in removing what they rightly considered the only thorn in their nefarious design to rule India and loot its wealth in order to keep their nation glowing and growing More so, the Nizam, the Marathas and the hundreds of thousands of people who were part of the British army were the target of my ire and anger since if they were to side with Tipu Sultan or just were to remain neutral, the British would not have enslaved the nation and ruled without any challenge to their dominion As a reader whose mind was awake throughout the journey, a lot of time, was spent in deciphering the contradictions and the need for those inconsistencies in the book For instance, the emphasis on the oft repeated assertion of Tipu Sultan it is better to live as a lion for two days than living as a sheep for 200 years was found crumbling at the end of the penultimate Anglo Mysore War of 1792 when Tipu Sultant agreed to have his two sons held as hostage with the British until he would fulfil his promise of paying the settlement amount What had stopped the tiger to take out his sword in defence of his sons an act which even a cat does to protect its kitten being carried out of her eyes Needless to say, the little respect I had for the British waned as how could the people could stoop to such a low level of wickedness.The ending part of the novel is totally a dull affair with the writer in absolute dilemma on conclusion of the most unfortunate event in the brief era of Tipu Sultan The sheer number of palace intrigues and betrayers as presented in those dying moments were beyond one s comprehension The mind pounds as to how could Tipu Sultan who had earlier witnessed numerous conspiracies and conspirators and the person who was shown throughout the book, shrewd and well informed place the military affairs to be handled solely by one commander who had just taken over the mantle upon departure of Puraniah and the commander arranging slaughter of not one but three key men of the palace including the military mentor of Tipu Sultan as well as keeping the breach to the fort hidden from the eyes of Sultan and other loyals All these cannot be digested at once and they open upquestions than the history was meant to answer.The most conflicting part of the entire book lies in the portrayal of Puraniah No matter, how much, the writer tried to show the leaving of Puraniah from the fort in the last days to be a fulfilment of the order of the person to whom he served loyally and like quid pro quo of what Tipu Sultan had done in accepting the responsibility of leading the empire yet, it just got entrenched in the throat leave along its digestion The well accepted history demonstrates that Puraniah joined the British service in guiding the future prince whom they would install as one of their puppets to rule India, thereby, making the talks of patriotism and his hatred against the British an gratuitous addition which was neither required nor can it be forgiven The writer acknowledged the book to bea novel than a book of history while insisting the need to portray the character of Tipu Sultan fairly and accurately The fairness lies in presenting the facts accurately and that did not call for presenting the hero as infallible or the person who did no wrong At the same time, it was also necessary to present at least the major events as they emerged without the need of much of assumptions As I concluded above, the last section, lookedas figment of imagination than a historical event, which we all deserve to know as it happened Wiping out the stains strewn out by the English historians in representing Tipu Sultan as an authoritarian bigot and oppressive despot who repressed his subjects for the sake of maintaining his grip on the throne, which the book is widely credited for is one thing and creating a different version of history is another thing Unfortunately, the book is treated as an authentic historical account of Tipu Sultan s rise and fall, despite the fact that the writer has presented itas a novel than history The TV serial produced by Sanjay Khan which was based on this book stretched not only the history but the imagination and assumptions to another higher plain therefore creating a different version of history in the minds of the people It was an interesting read and delved into the historical events and brought it alive However, I do wonder how accurate is the portrayal especially at the end Tipu Sultan who was seen as shrewd and a superb ruler, suddenly at the end, seemed to be only relying on one commander and did not seem to have a clue of what was going on, which seemed so unlike him. The Sword of Tippu Sultan by Bhagwan S Gidwani The Book is an inspiring description of Fourth Anglo Mysore War which ended on 04th May, 1799 by the defeat of Tippu Sultan of Mysore by the combined forces of British, Nizam and Marthas The Book has been written after research of 13 years in libraries of Britain, Portugal, France, Turkey, and In India The Book is divided in five chapters Each chapter is connected to the story and captures the interest and binds the reader to the Book During The Sword of Tippu Sultan by Bhagwan S Gidwani The Book is an inspiring description of Fourth Anglo Mysore War which ended on 04th May, 1799 by the defeat of Tippu Sultan of Mysore by the combined forces of British, Nizam and Marthas The Book has been written after research of 13 years in libraries of Britain, Portugal, France, Turkey, and In India The Book is divided in five chapters Each chapter is connected to the story and captures the interest and binds the reader to the Book During the 1st to 3rd Anglo Mysore Wars, British East India Company at Madras took the burden of attack during Mysore War After being defeated by Mysore Alliance in second Anglo Mysore War by the Treaty to Mangalore, the British brought Arthur Wellesley Commander of British Army in Bombay alongwith forces from Madras Arthur Wellesley s brother Lord Wellesley was the Governor General The British made a treaty with Nizam and a separate treaty with Marathas for help in war The combined forces of about 50,000 army of British, Maratha and Nizam attacked the forces of Mysore Alliance with French from all four sides Nizam and Marathas attacked from the North, British attached the capital Serangipatna The British broke through the city walls His army generals s who loved him betrayed him This is one of the reasons of defeat in war The French advised Tipu to escape but he decided to fight and was martyred during the siege The importance of contents of the Book is that it has been able prove that Tipu was a valiant nationalist Indian King who was aware of the fact that disunity among various Indian Rulers is the cause of spread of British territory Tipu has been shown as a King who gave equal respect to all religions and was just to all his subjects In the situation of losing the war, he decided on martyrdom rather than on flying to safety with his family His martyrdom is an example for generations to come It is a worth reading historical book for all 2.5 stars Ah, Tipu Sultan To Hindu right wingers, he s Muslim Hitler To Indian liberals, he s an Enlightened Secular ruler.To me, well, I just like the guy When I was a teenager, I had read in Abdul Kalam s autobiography that he had used rockets attached with swords against the British I repeat ROCKETS With SWORDS Hey, I m a simple man, so I decided to like Tipu.The reality of Tipu Sultan is, of course, farcomplicated, as William Dalrymple rightly explains in an article Bhagwa 2.5 stars Ah, Tipu Sultan To Hindu right wingers, he s Muslim Hitler To Indian liberals, he s an Enlightened Secular ruler.To me, well, I just like the guy When I was a teenager, I had read in Abdul Kalam s autobiography that he had used rockets attached with swords against the British I repeat ROCKETS With SWORDS Hey, I m a simple man, so I decided to like Tipu.The reality of Tipu Sultan is, of course, farcomplicated, as William Dalrymple rightly explains in an article Bhagwan Gidwani s book falls woefully short of capturing this complexity Gidwani squarely falls in the enlightened secular ruler camp which, to his credit, he declares in his lucid introduction His intentions are noble, he simply wants to rescue a figure who s looked down upon by many But Gidwani does it in a way that lacks any nuance, that makes Tipu a flawless Gary Sue who could no wrong.This is an unfortunate flaw that is seen in many Indian historical movies The Hero is fantastic in every respect This book is just another example of that having a character who is 100% good can get tiring after some point Close to the end of the book, I started wishing the British would attack quickly and get it over with Curiously, Gidwani is able create nuanced characters when he wants to For instance, in the first chapter, there s a British commander who doesn t want to abandon his Indian troops Cornwallis and Wellesley occasionally feel pangs of conscience when they reflect on the destruction they leave So ironically, the British come across asrealistic which is a shame Worst of all, there s only ONE passing mention of a rocketman Just ONE Great piece of writing I read this novel many years ago as a school girl and remember being engrossed by it The author brought the period alive for me Yes, it was a wonderful book This book enticed me as I was reading about history of India side by side and so knowledge of the characters and the curiosity linked with their personal lives helped me complete this book within two days As the facts and figures have been collected from various places, the weaving work done by the author seems to have been done by keeping a very positive image of Tipu in mind As the book progressed, I felt quite ecstatic and proud about India because of the kind of rulers the book talks a This book enticed me as I was reading about history of India side by side and so knowledge of the characters and the curiosity linked with their personal lives helped me complete this book within two days As the facts and figures have been collected from various places, the weaving work done by the author seems to have been done by keeping a very positive image of Tipu in mind As the book progressed, I felt quite ecstatic and proud about India because of the kind of rulers the book talks about.The story of young Tipu and the preachings he received have been well dealt with The book also talks a lot of positives about the Mysorean Ruler and his ways of dealing with problems in his court, that sometimes feels too good to be true From few of the stories that I already know about his deeds mostly negatives are not mentioned in the book And the book goes on and on with the ill ways Britishers used on their conquest for India At the start itself the writer has written that the words in the book are true to his beliefs and he is ready to have a conversation if someone doesnt feel so I think he would get a lot of people specially Iyengars and the non muslims of the captured places More at dont know about the truths and the blacks and whites of History, thats a very big debate that history is written by people who have won the battle even if it has been done with deceit, but yeah for sure I liked the character s build up and his demise I nice read all together for any one who is interested in History of India &FREE EBOOK ⇖ The Sword of Tipu Sultan ⇱ This historical novel tells the story of Tipu Sultan the man, the lover, the soldier, the prince, and the king It speaks of those who loved and betrayed him of charming ladies and brilliant men around him of his greatness and of the crafty stupidity of his contemporaries os the wit and folly of his times and of the struggle of men and ideas when faced with the march of history Based on extensive research and original sources, The Sword of Tipu Sultan is an original contribution to historical literature which gives insights into the character of its hero, and the period in which he livedTipu, maligned by historians as a cruel and bigoted ruler, emerges here as a humane, enlightened ruler who believes that God is not confined to any one religion and that all religions therefore require equal respect He was opposed to colonialism welcomed the American Declaration of Independence and applauded the spirit of the French Revolution The author establishes him as the first among modern Indian nationalists who knew also that India was weakened not by outside powers but by sickness, decadence and disunity withinThe novel vividly portrays the drama of Tipu s times and recaptures the amazing spirit of the man who in the midst of disaster lost neither his dignity nor his love nor his faith in the values he cherished He chose to court death when he could have saved himself, for he firmly believed that his sacrifice would serve as an example for the future generations of India This book is a good place to start for people who re making the transition from fiction to history, as its a combination of both The part that I liked about the book, is how it places the facts in front of us Most of us have encountered Tipu Sultan in our history books, and he was dealt with only in a few paragraphs I was very impressed to know that Tipu Sultan knew of the American declaration of Independence, and the immense effect it had on him and his way of ruling the kingdom The part th This book is a good place to start for people who re making the transition from fiction to history, as its a combination of both The part that I liked about the book, is how it places the facts in front of us Most of us have encountered Tipu Sultan in our history books, and he was dealt with only in a few paragraphs I was very impressed to know that Tipu Sultan knew of the American declaration of Independence, and the immense effect it had on him and his way of ruling the kingdom The part that I did not like, is that at various junctures in the book, the author dramatizes the incidents and its slightly overdone in places All in all, this book is a page turner and is an honest attempt to tell the story of Tipu Sultan An amazing view at Indian and Pakistani history And the best thing I liked about this was that it is not boring as other biographies and auto biographies are it was like I was reading a piece of my favourite fiction.