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by Nadia May,Gita Mehta

  • ISBN: 0786116080
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Nadia May,Gita Mehta
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc; Unabridged edition (August 1, 1999)
  • ePub book: 1786 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1302 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 668

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Gita Mehta (née Patnaik; born 1943) is an Indian writer and documentary filmmaker

Gita Mehta (née Patnaik; born 1943) is an Indian writer and documentary filmmaker. Born in Delhi into a well-known Odia family, she is the daughter of Biju Patnaik, an Indian independence activist and a Chief Minister in post-independence Odisha, then known as Orissa. Her younger brother Naveen Patnaik has been the Chief Minister of Odisha since 2000. She completed her education in India and at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

At times, the flow of the book meanders into too many trivial details, taking it away from its powerful theme.

Earphones Award Winner. The span of history from Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee to India's independence is reenacted through the life of Jaya Singh, daughter of the Maharajah of Balmer. This beautiful woman's life is the medium through which the author retells the anguish of the Indian people during the domination of the British government. As Mehta has dramatized the history by putting it into fictional format, so Nadia May colors the novel with her amazing Indian dialects

Gita Mehta dramatizes her country's recent history through the experiences of one unforgettable woman, Princess Jaya.

Gita Mehta dramatizes her country's recent history through the experiences of one unforgettable woman, Princess Jaya. Along with her personal story, Raj offers an inside look at India's modern politics and timeless spirituality.

Gita Mehta has authored books like Raj (1989), Snakes and Ladders: Glimpses of Modern India (1997) and Eternal Ganesha: From Birth to Rebirth (2006)

Gita Mehta has authored books like Raj (1989), Snakes and Ladders: Glimpses of Modern India (1997) and Eternal Ganesha: From Birth to Rebirth (2006). BHUBANESWAR: Eminent writer Gita Mehta, who is Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's elder sister, on Saturday declined to accept the Padma Shri award, saying its timing could be "misconstrued" in an election year. Mehta, 76, will be awarded the Padma Shri in the field of literature and education, the Centre had announced on Friday. I am deeply honoured that the Government of India should think me worthy of a Padma Shri but.

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An elderly bureaucrat escapes the world to run a guest house on the banks of India's holiest river, the Narmada, only to find he has made the wrong choice. Too many lives converge here. Among those who disturb his tranquility are a privileged young executive bewitched by a mysterious lover; a novice Jain monk who has abandoned opulence for poverty; a heartbroken woman with a golden voice; an ascetic and the child he has saved fromprostitution. Through their stories A River Sutra explores the fragile longings of the human heart and the sacred power of the river.

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Flag as Inappropriate. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Excessive Violence Sexual Content Political, Social. 1943 (age 72–73) Delhi, India.

Born to the Royal House of Balmer, Jaya Singh experiences the influences of Western culture as a selfless wife, strong leader, and courageous individual in a national struggle.

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A very enjoyable and enlightening read. A historical novel with a wealth of detail, capturing the flavour of life during a pivotal time in India's history. Key moments are woven into the story, with careful attention given to the impact on the people and the feelings each event generated. This novel stays well away from the common pitfall of historical novels, that of applying modern morals and ethics to history, this story has an authentic ring throughout. A wonderful introduction to the impact of the British rule and Independence on the Indian life at all levels. It is a novel, not a detailed historical treatise, but it does an excellent job of highlighting areas that might be interesting for further research.
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Author Gita Mehta demonstrates her extraordinary grasp of the historical, political and cultural complexities of India, British and royal, under the Raj. She writes with realistic detail and subtlety about the period from Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee to the violent and bloody civil wars for independence. Ms Mehta brings her characters, both fictional and real, to life. She gives the reader a firsthand view of a maharajah's royal zenana, (harem), where women in purdah are guarded by corrupt eunuchs and she takes us to the battlefields of WWI along with Indian Calvary warriors. We witness Mahatma Gandhi march to the sea, with hundreds of thousands of his countrymen, to break British laws against making salt. And we witness, most vividly, India's struggle for independence and partition - from nationalist, royalist and British points of view. Gita Mehta brilliantly translates the cultural nuances and vividly sets her scenes of pageantry and poverty.
At the center of this epic novel is Jaya Singh, the only daughter of the Maharajah and Maharani of Balmer. She was raised in the thousand year-old tradition of purdah by her mother and was educated exactly like her royal brother, (Balmer's heir), according to her father's decision. She learned to play polo, hunt tiger and wild boar, and how to govern and lead. Jaya marries the jaded, westernized Maharajah of Sipur and finds herself in a history-making position.
I have always been fascinated by India, especially during the period of the British Raj. Usually, however, the focus of the books I have read has been on the Indian nationalist movements and those who supported and led them. This well researched novel also delves into the lives and politics of princely India. An engrossing read with a fresh perspective - I really enjoyed it.
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This novel reads as a chronicle, not only of Princess Jaya's life, but also of an India in transformation from the late 1800s up through the early years following Independence in 1947.
I enjoyed reading this book and found Princess Jaya to be a remarkable woman. She weathers a lot of trying experiences and shows herself to be resilient.
The only fault I found with the novel, however, was in the sequencing of historical events. For instance, some of what the author stated about the placing of some events during the First World War were not accurate. When I read a historical novel, I get a better appreciation for the novel when the historical events it describes are true and placed in the proper sequences. Perhaps for some other readers, that matters little. But for me, that took away from me giving this novel 5 stars.
Xal Xal
From all the reviews i've read of "Raj" I cant identify with any one of them and I think thats the same for all the other reviewers. I personally loved the story of "Raj". It was rich with vivid images and completely engrossed me from the day i started reading it. Unlike other reviewers, i did not find it the least bit slow but more like a movie that I didnt want to end.
Of course, for everything good there is always something negative. Even though the novel was generally wonderful the characters were not as sprightly as the images. There wasnt much character development that one could reflect upon at the end of the story. Even though the characters were a bit bland the style more than made up for it. A reader could feel the genuine and original knowledge of the subject with a strong sense of Indian culture. The end of the novel was not as good as the beginning. The final steps in the process that lead to Indian Independence and the description of what happened afterward was rushed compared to the beginning I felt as though there should have been more devoted to the second half because that part of the story was just as important and in some ways maybe more.
From Indian origin myself, the struggle of Jaya Devi, not only as an Indian princess but as a woman, fascinated me. The opinions that she had and would stand to hold on to filled me with a new degree of respect for Rajput women. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an interesting read and insight on the British Raj.
Natety Natety
I enjoyed reading the "Raj". It is an impressive price of historical fiction that covers a very eventful period of Indian history. Mehta did an execellent job of painting a vivid and entertaining picture of Rajput kingdoms during the British rule in India. I was however, disappointed by the one dimentionality of the characters. The kings by and large seemed to fall into the stereotypical pleasure loving, wealth squandering lot that were obsessed with somehow hanging onto thier thrones. While this may be an accurate description of most of them, it would have been good to depict one or two positive aspects of the royals, if any! Jaya Devi's long suffering Indian princess character also sadly lacked dimentionality and did not evoke much sympathy or respect. I was also a little bit disappointed with the later part of the book that dealt with events leading upto the Indian indenpendence. It seemed a little rushed and I wish the author spent more time in describing the characters of the freedom fighters better. However, given the complexity of highly eventful period with the British, the Indian royalty and the freedom fighters, the author did a good job telling a compelling and educative narrative. On the whole, a recommended read.