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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 Black Blue 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 The Moe Manifesto 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 Positive Church in a Negative World of empi. Mind blowing

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Ivory Throne

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. 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 should have been taught but whatever knowledge I had came through non curricular booksThis book filled a huge void in my knowledge of the history of the state which I was born in Found this very educative and interesting though a bit dragging in very few placesHadn t known about Sethu Laxmi Bai and was astonished that she could be swept out of the pages of historyAnd though her descendents are prominently mentionedwhat about Junior Maharanis descendents They merit only a few pages Is it because they didn t agree to be talked about Or they just led inconspicuous lives in the disintegrating Kowdiar palace Still a few uestions unanswered and a few new ueries and doubts after reading this bookOverall rating still remains 5 because positives far far outweigh negativesAm in an Ivory throne hangover

review Ivory Throne

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. 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 but it is also in many ways the history of Kerala s evolution to its current avatar Meticulously researched non fiction penned like fiction making it unputdownable I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in Kerala and feminist ueens My only grouse with the book is that it could have done with a bit of editing post 400 pages The author seems to have been too close to the massive research he has done for this tome choosing to share every minute detail even those which are not really relevant to moving the book ahead He also seems to be a tad of an apologist for Sethu Lakshmi Bayi seemingly too close to her and her work choosing to gloss over even unjustifiable parts of her reign few as they may beDespite that I still think this is a fantastic book worthy of your time FeministRead


10 thoughts on “Ivory Throne

  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 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 m

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    Very well written book Just could not keep it down The story of thr unknown maharani of travancore Written from t

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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 written it becomes one of the must have books in your shelf Manu has become the Indian Dalrymple keeping the reader clued in to history from the beginning till the end The sandwiched photographs of the ro

  8. says:

    Mind blowing

  9. says:

    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 title mentioned Rather than the history of Travancore family the book is biased towards and concentrates too much on Sethu Lakshmi Bai And at times it felt like writer try to whitewash

  10. says:

    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

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