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  1. says:

    Absolutely fantastic and the strange thing is if you had asked me when I was even at about page 400 out of 555 I probably would have used milder adjectives I also wouldn't have thought at that point that I was li

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    Am in awe of this magnum opus book and it's young erudite author A niggling doubt whether he's related to the Ivory throne family 🤔The Kerala I was born in and the Kerala I knew has a vivid history with varying chieftains and kings fighting against each other I was born in the Zamorin's territory but had heard of Marthanda Varma and Sri ChithirarhirunalHaving learnt in a state syllabus school history of Kerala shou

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    Very well written book Just could not keep it down The story of thr unknown maharani of travancore Written from the perspective her feelings her fears her happiness her sorrows By the end started to admire her personality P

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    Even though he made excellent research over house of Travancore I feel he is a bit prejudiced over one side For egon chapter malice domestiue there is a reference to press regulation act there author states a motive behind controlling press is because some newspaper published storiesfactswe may never know which is truth against royal consort In following pages author tried to whitewash her doings by stating she was trying to rein communa

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    One of the first things I do when I come home to Kerala on vacations is book shopping Specifically books by Indian authors This time I found this gem by Manu Pillai The Ivory Throne is the history of the royal house of Travancore b

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    A well written documentation about Travancore Interesting worth reading

  7. says:

    It is 700 pages of bliss Especially to one who is unaware of Kerala history this book is an eye opener Thoroughly researched and cleverly writ

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    Mind blowing

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    uite a boring book Felt like book was commissioned by the Rani Lakhshmi Sethu Bai This book is not even about Travancore family as the book tit

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    Manu S Pillai's book The Ivory Throne tells the history of the royal family of Travancore This book was of special interest to me as my family was from the kingdom of Travancore I have heard my father tell some of the stories in the book and seen the palaces in Trivandrum first hand The book focuses mainly on the ueen Sethu Lakshmi Bayi who ruled for a short while from 1924 to 1933 and was uite a remarkable ruler Travan

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READ ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ë Manu S. Pillai

In 1498 when Vasco da Gama set foot in Kerala looking for Christians and spices he unleashed a wave of political fury that would topple local powers like a house of cards The cosmopolitan fabric of a vibrant trading society with its Jewish and Arab merchants Chinese pirate heroes and masterful Hindu Zamorins was ripped apart heralding an age of violence and bloodshed One prince however emerged triumphant from this descent into chaos Shrewdly marrying Western arms to Eastern strategy Martanda Varma consecr. Absolutely fantastic and the strange thing is if you had asked me when I was even at about page 400 out of 555 I probably would have used milder adjectives I also wouldn t have thought at that point that I was likely to change my opinion later because knowing the direction I didn t think the last 100 or so pages would even be interesting to me But while they re not really the focus of the book and an inevitable ending it to me is what delivered the texture that mattered most But let s begin at the beginning The focus of the book is definitely Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi who was the Regent of Travancore from 1924 31 but the author spends the first section of the book in setting the context The canvas is vaster than Travancore itself and everything from the fall of the Zamorin and the entry of Europeans to the evolution of the intricacies that decide the ruler of the land and the prevalent socio cultural setting sets the stage for the reign of the Senior Maharani A large section of the book is spent on the rule of the Maharani and her now invisible hand in the transformation of a society The work she did served as the foundation for the much vaunted socio economic indices that Kerala displays now This portion of the book is also home to palace intrigues that portray the junior Maharani a cousin and the mother of the last Maharajah of Travancore as the villain of the piece From a historical perspective I found the facts around Sir CP and Chithira Thirunal the last Maharajah very interesting since my only exposure to them thus far has been in popular Malayalam cinema yes The perspectives on the temple treasure saga that appear late in the book and which happened as recently as this decade were also an eye opener I think what affected me in those last hundred pages was the poignancy in the closing of the circle of the Maharani s life the relative obscurity before her adoption to the royal household at a young age to her spending her final days in a small room in Bangalore without the trappings of royalty in a relatively obscure existence As the author began writing about her daughters and the next generation I felt a faint sense of grudgeirritation for the seemingly casual way in which they treated their legacy material and otherwise But the last few pages put them in a different light and I found myself empathising with them The author s admiration of Lakshmi Bayi is than evident and probably deservedly so While one might feel there is some loss of objectivity here he does take pains to also chronicle credit for even those who can be seen as her enemies Indeed he deserves a lot of credit on multiple counts the research and scrutiny that has gone into the book the excellent way of providing the context for events and behaviour the writing style that makes sure history is accessible and not presented dryly and most importantly the sensitivity that he has shown in chronicling lives In 555 pages there is legend then history and then contemporary stories one can identify with That journey is fascinating

SUMMARY Ivory Throne

Ivory Throne

Includes the flamboyant painter Raja Ravi Varma and his wrathful wife scheming matriarchs of 'violent profligate and sordid' character wife swapping court favourites vigilant English agents uarrelling consorts and lustful kings Extensively researched and vividly rendered The Ivory Throne conjures up a dramatic world of political intrigues and factions black magic and conspiracies crafty ceremonies and splendorous temple treasures all harnessed in a tragic contest for power and authority in the age of empi. Mind blowing

READ ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ë Manu S. Pillai

Ated the dominion of Travancore destined to become one of the most dutiful pillars of the British Raj What followed was two centuries of internecine conflict in one of India's premier princely states culminating in a dynastic feud between two sisters battling to steer the fortunes of their house on the eve of Independence Manu S Pillai's retelling of this sprawling saga focuses on the remarkable life and work of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi the last and forgotten ueen of the House of Travancore The supporting cast. Even though he made excellent research over house of Travancore I feel he is a bit prejudiced over one side For egon chapter malice domestiue there is a reference to press regulation act there author states a motive behind controlling press is because some newspaper published storiesfactswe may never know which is truth against royal consort In following pages author tried to whitewash her doings by stating she was trying to rein communalism being spread over her countryAs a passing noteOn reading each page I feel fortunate to be born in democratic age where everyone has a say No maharani or maharaja could force me to say or write what I like