29 January 2014 | By: Writing Buddha

The Treasure of Kafur by Aroon Raman (Book Review- 4.3/5)!!!

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       There's always a wonderful feeling after completing a book with more than 375 pages. I am done reading one of the latest releases- THE TREASURE OF KAFUR. It's the second book of the author, Aroon Raman, after The Shadow Throne. I haven't read the latter one but what I have heard from people around me that it is an excellent and thrilling story. I got a chance to read his 2nd and the latest book which I did without thinking twice. The book is published by India's one of the leading publishers- Pan Macmillan. The first thing about this book that would attract you is its cover page. It itself has an essence and ambiance of Mughal era. It shows a king riding on his horse with the flag of his kingdom. Even the synopsis does justice to the story as its exactly what's in the book unlike few of our Indian books which has brilliance in the synopsis and depression inside the book. :-) Talking about the publishing quality, the book is well bound with strong pages and wonderful fonts. 


Hindustan, 1580 AD. The Mughal Emperor Akbar is at the height of his power, seemingly invincible. But twenty years of war have earned him many enemies and rebellion is brewing, led by Asaf Baig, the tyrannical ruler of Khandesh. Baig has stumbled upon the knowledge that the whereabouts of the fabulous lost treasure of Malik Kafur, which will guarantee victory to Akbars enemies, is known to an old woman called Ambu. Baig kidnaps Ambu to wrest the knowledge of the treasure from her but her twenty-year-old grandson, Dattatreya, escapes and flees across Hindustan to enlist the help of the one person who has the most reason to stop Baig the Mughal Emperor himself. Staying one step ahead of capture and death, Datta is swept up in a world of kings and warrior princesses, of uncommon friendships and an implacable evil and a desperate race against time to save his grandmother and the Empire.

About the Author:-

Aroon Raman, national bestselling author of The Shadow Throne, now brings us a riveting saga of action and adventure set in Mughal India. Aroon Raman is a Bengaluru based entrepreneur and author. His research and innovation company works in the area of materials science and has won critical acclaim for developing scientific talent at the grass-roots level. His debut novel, a spy thriller called The Shadow Throne, quickly became a national bestseller. The Treasure of Kafur is his second novel. He divides his spare time between trekking, advising and supporting NGOs and travel.

          The Treasure of Kafur, for me, reflects the thoughts of the author. A fluid language in which this book is smoothly written makes it a wonderful read that it is. The command of language that the author has and the set of vocabulary that he possesses makes it possible for him to state the story exactly the way he wants to. The good thing is that the story reaches directly to the heart of readers. Aroon Raman has done a great research in making it sure that he doesn't forget to mention any fact about the Mughal emperor and empire. I have already read many books on Mughal and while in school, it was my favorite topic in history. Hence I loved this story because it is a level upper than all the book that I have read previously based on Mughal. 

              The historical facts are accurately mentioned in the book and the way characters are based upon the mythology is also an applauding job by the author. The character of Asif Baig is also portrayed as Aurangzeb of our history book- totally evil and wicked. It takes time to digest so many characters in the book but once you get into the flow of the story, you start enjoying it. The thrilling ride of the group of friends to reach Ambu and destroy their enemies, Datta's super abilities and Mughal's protest against them- all excites a reader who is dying to read something different these days since college campuses and love stories are the only new releases. 

             Each and every character is well defined in the book which helps us to understand them from their base. The protagonists- Ambu, Dattatreya and Emperor Akbar were well-defined and executed. None of them were under-stated in the book. The animal characters and the others from the protagonist's team were very interesting. I loved Manas, Aditi, chief, Shukracharya, Jeta friends and Sheherazad has been my favorite. Even the entry of parrot in the story was entertaining as there was conflict between it and a protagonist. I also liked the interactions that had Mughals involved among each other. Later on, when Mughal Emperor, Akbar comes into the story, the book reaches a totally different level altogether. Book starts with very fast pace, gets slow in between and in the end, it starts screaming BESTSELLER BESTSELLER BESTSELLER with each sentence as the book reaches its end. I would rate The Treasure of Kafur 4.3/5. RECOMMENDED!!! 


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Soulmate said...

The cover page is indeed eye-catchy. And the synopsis sounds good. Plus you don't usually give 4.3/5 rating that easily. :-) So this must be worth reading. I'll definitely try to get my hands on this book.

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