Pravin Anand’s latest fiction, Mumtaz and Taj Mahal, is very much inspired from and based on real events that occurred. We all know, more or less, the story of Mumtaz and Shahjahan and eventually of the construction of Taj Mahal. However, the author, Pravin Anand, has dramatised the reality a little to explore an opportunity of further intensifying the story and to an extent, he has succeeded as well. The tale of love attracts the readers’ attention from the very beginning and since the language is simple but extensively communicating, the readers have a lot to learn other than the history.
The conversations used in the book read very casual as well as homely. A reader won’t feel as if a king and a queen are talking. It just feels the conversation next door and it might work either way depending upon the interpretation of the readers. Further, the lexicon also has been kept at a basic level and it might be for the purpose of keeping the book accessible to the readers from different age groups as well as the readers of different interests. As one might be expecting already, the novel revolves around Mumtaz and Shahjahan – their beginning, their development and their conclusion.
Reading Mumtaz and Taj Mahal might not fee exciting and thrilling. However, it will certainly feel relaxing and soothing to a great extent. Pravin Anand has used his imagination and study of the history very well. He has only dramatised and protracted the sequences which could take the extension. Yes, if you are into it with the mind of an investigating historical detective, you might have a loss – it’s historical fiction, not history!
What one might like the most in the writing of Pravin is that he has kept his story simple, moving and animated with his fanciful introduction of dreams and visualisations. Mumtaz’s charm works within the words as well. Moreover, Pravin has also tried to reveal the politics and tactical calculations within the royal family. Leaving aside the historical accuracy, one can certainly learn, in pieces, very much about the events that transpired in the past.
For a one-time reader who looks to enjoy the books that are thrown in front of him, Mumtaz and Taj Mahal might be a good and new experience. It does not take too much from the share of a daily routine and it might be finished within 2-3 days of casual reading. Moreover, the readers will also learn, in fiction, a lot from the past. And to end this review, I will also tell that with limitations, the novel is enjoyable for once! Do read it once and enjoy.
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review by Simar for 444words.Com