Memorising dates, names and places makes history boring at its thought. But there is definitely more to history than all this. When you look into the genre as a kaleidoscope of stories which gives you interesting interpretations of the yesteryear and the people. Here are 5 books that present the tales of bravery and fortitude of legends from different walks of life. It speaks of those who created their own destiny those who went with the force of destiny and yet created history in their own way.
The Story of my Experiments with Truth
We know Mahatma Gandhi as the father of the nation, as the benign looking old man whose picture graces our currency notes. But who was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and what made him the phenomenon he was? In this wonderfully narrated tale is a kaleidoscope to his life.
A fearless king, who knit together the Maratha people, awakening their pride in themselves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is today a national hero. A born strategist, he used his network of spies and his strong army to achieve various triumphs. His administrative reforms, the methodical way in which he set about consolidating his kingdom all prove he was a far-sighted king, determined to provide a safe and peaceful kingdom for his people
Ashoka, the greatest of Mauryan emperors, launched a fierce attack on the kingdom of Kalinga; his intention was to conquer this rich and fertile kingdom. And this he did but there was misery and trauma all around. As realisation came crashing down upon him, he moaned to himself, ‘I am the cause of it all!’ From the ruthless conqueror of lands to the one who conquered millions with his doctrine of love and peace.
Meet India’s most famous kingmaker – Chanakya. A philosopher who taught his students that life is a struggle and people will try to deceive you, so you have to deceive them first. A man who let himself be fuelled by anger, yet managed to keep his calm when it came to achieving his goals. A politician, who found no question, too terrible to ask or answer.
A girl born in an ordinary family, catapulted into an entirely new world with her marriage to the Maharaja of Jhansi – Rani Lakshmibai’s life has elements of the fairy tale in it. And yet, the young Rani is remembered today not so much for her role as a queen, as the courage she displayed in taking on the British army, in order to claim her right to the kingdom. Rani Lakshmibai is probably the most inspiring and enduring image of the Uprising of 1857 in the minds of Indians, and has come to stand for courage and steely determination.