BOOK: Travancore - The Footprints of Destiny

Jan 01, 2012 | Vol 4, Issue 1
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By Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma as told to Uma Maheswari

Publishers: Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd, Newdelhi, Price: Rs.2000/-

The book is an unusual work among the chronicles of the amazing history of Travancore. It is a fine blend of historiography and autobiography. The author, the present head of the Royal family of Travancore renders his life story from the larger perspective of the historical forces that have shaped the life and times of Travancore during the last millennia. The Maharaja has had the rare privilege of witnessing history from close quarters, especially during the time his elder brother His Highness Sree Chithira Thirunal was the king of Travancore. His story evocatively traces the evolution of Travancore into one of the pre-independent India's most progressive princely states. The book will add considerable value to Travancore's historiography through an unusual autobiography as told to Uma Maheswari who helped the Maharaja to record history seen live. In fact, it is also the first of its kind during the last 300 years of Travancore's history. Uma is a well known freelance journalist and writer from Thiruvananthapuram.

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