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General & world history
A far cry from a typical history book, this text abounds in scholarly facts and is a delight to read. The writer has taken a different path and done justice to the magnetic figure that Chandragupta Maurya was, instead of simply presenting him in a historical light.
Summary Of The Book
Historically and otherwise, Chandragupta Maurya is definitely one of the more interesting individuals from the history of India. His life and time has been a topic of much debate, discussion, and even controversy.
Born in a relatively unknown village to a farmer, he was raised in conditions of extreme poverty and destitution. Later in life, he went on to serve as an attendant at a palace in the city of Pataliputra.
As the story progresses, readers are introduced to the point where Maurya turned his life around and became king. The book takes its readers through an alternate world - over the plains lying east of the River Indus and the many wars and battles fought at Kalinga. Chandragupta: Path Of A Fallen Demi-God provides extensive information about the Mauryan Empire, which was spread out over the Indian subcontinent.
Readers can witness the change in the king's mindset too, as his waning interest in statecraft and peaking interest and subsequent submission to a life of spirituality is depicted.
Published in the year 2011, the book was met with positive reviews, mostly owing to the fact that books about Chandragupta Maurya are mostly historical accounts that don't do complete justice to the man himself.
About Rajat Pillai
Rajat Pillai is an author. He works as a Chief Manager in an eminent financial institution, and holds an MBA degree. Pillai hails from Delhi.
Chandragupta: Path of a Fallen Demi-God is the only novel written by Rajat Pillai.
He is an alumnus of the International Management Institute (IMI), and he has also studied at Ecole-Superieure-de-Commerce in France. He has experience in theatre and acting, as well as movie-making. His other interests are martial arts and history.