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Challenging Destiny
Paperback: INR 399

When destiny stood between him and his destination.

Darkness engulfs the Indian subcontinent. The 17th century is destined to be an era of brutal wars, incessant oppression, and physical and spiritual carnage in the name of religion. Shivaji, a warrior and thinker far ahead of his times, rises and renders a rousing dream – respect and dignity for human life, economic equity, and empowerment. Destiny does not favour him; he faces terribile odds – a fallen and defeated populace, the might of the Mughal Empire, and naval supremacy of the Western powers. Thus begins a battle of conflicting ideologies, contrasting belief systems, and sharply different visions of India – a stake is the future of most ancient civilization. Witness the beginnings of the momentous events that will send thunderbolts across centuries, the echoes of which still haunt the subcontinent.

“A concise yet comprehensive account of the enigma we call Shivaji. Imperative reading for history buffs.”
- Ashwin Sanghi, best-selling author (Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key, and The Sialkot Saga)

“[The book has] captured Shivaji’s glorious tryst with destiny for the layman.”
- Vinita Deshmukh, Former Senior Editor, The Indian Express

“A must-read for young old, for general readers and academic ones and it’s a masterpiece of biography writing.”
- Ashutosh Jawadekar, Author and Book Critic

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About the Author

Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran’s passion for the Mughal Maratha history began when she started writing a historical novel. The first part of this trilogy, Frontiers of Karma – the Counterstroke, set against the backdrop of the war between Shivaji and Aurangzeb was published in August 2014. The second book in her trilogy, The Stratagem, will soon be out. A microbiologist by profession, she has worked extensively for the pharmaceutical industry in India, Europe, and the Middle East. For several years, she was also a health columnist for Khaleej Times, in Dubai. Now relocated to India, she is a fulltime writer.

You can get in touch with her on Twitter by using @MedhaDB, on Facebook through her page ‘Medha Deshmukh-Bhaskaran’. You can also write to her at

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