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Life and Death of Sambhaji

Life and Death of Sambhaji

Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran
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It begins to dawn on the nine-year-old Sambhaji that his father has fled from the clutches of the Mughal badshah Aurangzeb and left him behind. He must now find his way back home with the help of strangers . . .
Under the shadow of an illustrious father, Sambhaji finds himself thrust into the Maratha-Mughal conflict from a tender age. His mistakes cost him dearly and when his father suddenly dies and he becomes the chhatrapati, it is as if he has inherited a crown of thorns.
In the nine years that follow, he faces a constant battle-internally, as palace intrigues simmer to kill him, and externally, as Aurangzeb descends on the Deccan with full military force.
Even Chhatrapati Shivaji had never faced a full-blown Mughal aggression.
Will he be able to protect the Maratha nation and Swaraj that was his father’s dream? Will he prove to be a worthy son to his father-in life as well as in death?
History has been unfair to Sambhaji, but it can’t deny that he inspired a generation of Maratha warriors, who eventually ensured the end of Aurangzeb’s jihad.

Imprint: Ebury Press

Published: Jul/2021

ISBN: 9780143447825

Length : 368 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

Life and Death of Sambhaji

Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran

It begins to dawn on the nine-year-old Sambhaji that his father has fled from the clutches of the Mughal badshah Aurangzeb and left him behind. He must now find his way back home with the help of strangers . . .
Under the shadow of an illustrious father, Sambhaji finds himself thrust into the Maratha-Mughal conflict from a tender age. His mistakes cost him dearly and when his father suddenly dies and he becomes the chhatrapati, it is as if he has inherited a crown of thorns.
In the nine years that follow, he faces a constant battle-internally, as palace intrigues simmer to kill him, and externally, as Aurangzeb descends on the Deccan with full military force.
Even Chhatrapati Shivaji had never faced a full-blown Mughal aggression.
Will he be able to protect the Maratha nation and Swaraj that was his father’s dream? Will he prove to be a worthy son to his father-in life as well as in death?
History has been unfair to Sambhaji, but it can’t deny that he inspired a generation of Maratha warriors, who eventually ensured the end of Aurangzeb’s jihad.

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Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran

Medha Bhaskaran is a microbiologist and has worked for food and pharmaceutical companies in marketing as well as business development in Germany, India and the United Arab Emirates. She has written articles on a variety of medical subjects for leading newspapers in India as well as in the Gulf.


She is the author of Chhatrapati Shivaji's bestselling biography, Challenging Destiny. It was nominated in two categories at the Raymond Crossword Book Awards 2017, in popular non-fiction and biography. Challenging Destiny is now available on Amazon's Audible.in and has been translated in Marathi (Zunz Niyatishi) and Hindi (Niyati ko Chunauti).


Frontiers, a historical novel, is her first work of fiction, published by Penguin Random House India. Ranasangram is the Marathi edition of Frontiers, published by Majestic Publishing House.
Prescription of Life is her second non-fiction book on the sensational world of pharmaceuticals and medicines, peppered with her personal experiences.
You may get in touch with her at:
Email: medha4979@gmail.com
Twitter: @Medha DB
Facebook: Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran

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