This stunningly illustrated children’s book on Shivaji, the Warrior King, is unlike anything else on the legendary hero. Shivaji leaps off the page in a story that ripples with action and adventure and crackles with daring and imagination. The narrative encompasses the Maratha king’s life from birth to death, taking in the fabled feats, formidable forts and the epic escapades he had with his band of faithful friends. The book focuses on Shivaji’s relationship with his mother, the legendary Jijabai, who features prominently in the book. But this story is not only about the great warrior, it is also a tale of the love between mother and child and the passionate loyalty of friends.
Interspersed with playful verse that makes the story dynamic and fun, and incredibly detailed hand-painted illustrations that layer and texture the scenes, this book is not simply a storybook, but a treasured keepsake.
Author Nishith Mehta has drawn on historical research and popular legends of Shivaji to craft his story.
Illustrator Sunny Kolekar has blended the miniature styles of Rajput and Maratha art to create a singularly striking style, at once classical and folk. Incredibly detailed, its colours draw from the warm palette of rural Maharashtra.
Fully illustrated 60-page book with over 20 full-page and over 20 smaller illustrations.
Reference notes at the back of the book explore guerilla warfare and Shivaji’s navy.
Endpapers have beautiful, full-page maps outlining the extent of Shivaji’s Maratha empire.