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Solstice at Panipat: 14 January 1761

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'Solstice at Panipat' is an authentic account of the third battle of Panipat fought between the Marathas and the Afghans on 14 January 1761.

The sun stood still as the mighty powers clashed for the empire of India in the killing fields of Panipat. Hundreds of thousands of men died in twelve hours in their titanic struggle for supremacy. One of them emerged victorious; yet i
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Published April 2011 by Mula Mutha Publishers
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Aug 20, 2014 Hrishikesh rated it it was amazing
An extremely engaging book. Very well researched and detailed. However, I cannot in all honesty, objectively comment on the writing style of the author - the story itself is so profound, and strikes such a deep chord, that I cannot give a fair and unbiased assessment of the writing style.

The Third Battle of Panipat has been a landmark event in Indian history. What makes this battle so different is that it was an attempt to prevent a foreign power (Ahmed Shah Abdali) from seizing the rule of Indi
Jan 31, 2014 Aashish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indian history taught in schools often jumps from 1666 (death of Shahjehan) to 1707 (death of Aurangzeb) to cursory mention of 1761 Panipat war and then to 1857 (first mutiny against the Britishers). The details of how 1666-1857 is hardly taught or covered, and there are few literary options to plug the gap. This book is an excellent one to understand the ~1680-1761 timeframe.

The book touches upon several aspects of Indian history, which are either not well known, or probably go against the popu
Shashishekhar Kashyap
Feb 01, 2016 Shashishekhar Kashyap rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
A veritable time machine, the book by Dr Uday S Kulkarni threw open doors to the not so distant past, hitherto little known to me. Probably I'm not the only one whose knowledge of the Marathas (and India) is so less. History in school was so dry.

It is my firm belief that, history or any story for that matter cannot be clearly described only in black and white, but always in shades of grey. The book too reinforces this belief.

It was a revelation of sorts to learn that the Marathas were responsib
Siddarth Gore
Jan 13, 2014 Siddarth Gore rated it really liked it
This is a very engaging book about all the political and strategic happenings in 18th century India. This was truly the era of the Marathas. We generally associate Panipat with the end of Maratha power. But that is not so. The Maratha power was dominant till 4 decades after that battle.
Samir Bodkhe
its a good book.Seems balanced and gives a background before the epic battle.
Vedvrat Shikarpur
Jan 16, 2016 Vedvrat Shikarpur rated it it was amazing
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Jun 26, 2013 SANTOSH REDDY rated it really liked it
A well researched book written in a detached and unbiased manner.The third battle of panipat and its effects have a bearing on our national life to the present day.if sadashiv bhau / marathas had won the battle,the course of next 250 years would have been different.It would be an exaggeration ,but still i do feel that many geopolitical issues like partition of the Indian subcontinent would have been avoided if the marathas were victorious.But i do know very well that their is no scope for if s a ...more
Amit Shrivastava
Mar 26, 2016 Amit Shrivastava rated it really liked it
book give very fine details for the reason of war. Initial chapter explain about chattrapati family. One of the reason that writer has given for the war is border issue of India with afghan king. one thing that I didn't find accurate is King Hemu details which writer first describe as general of afghan king (Sher shah suri) during 2 panipat war, but as a fact he was the king at that time. Writer has mentioned that north India was describe as Hindustan by Martha's .
Overall book is very good to k
Kedar Kulkarni
Jan 11, 2015 Kedar Kulkarni rated it really liked it
Tedious beginning. Keeping track of multiple characters and timelines gets unnerving at first. From 2nd part onward, they start converging and it all pays off in the final part. The final part has amazing description of circumstances around the battle. And the description of the battle itself is kinetic.
Great book. Has extensive citations and a balanced perspective. This one's for keeps.
Oct 09, 2014 Nithya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read, if you are interested in the bleak period of Indian history. A wonderful follow up, if you are into Martha history. Obviously Jadunath Sarkar did an excellent work on documenting the early maratha growth, but this book throws light on the war, and strategy part of it. Highly recommended.
Nikhil Kadadi
Sep 02, 2015 Nikhil Kadadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very engaging book, astonishing account of the political, diplomatic manoeuvrings of the Maratha empire and the powers of India in the 17 hundreds. A detail account of the Panipat war and its implications. A must read for people interested in Indian & subcontinental history.
Arjun Subramaniam
Jul 24, 2016 Arjun Subramaniam rated it it was amazing
An engaging account of the Maratha Empire written in an extremely lucid and engaging style. What makes it even more remarkable is that the author is a practicing dentist and that speaks volumes for the passion with which research has been undertaken. A must-read for any military history enthusiast.
Salil Kanitkar
Jun 19, 2014 Salil Kanitkar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, english
Excellent piece of work!

Very detailed, very articulate. No over-dramatization - told in facts. Great read.
Srinidhi Kasagar
Dec 14, 2015 Srinidhi Kasagar rated it it was amazing
Hats off to the author for providing such a detailed history about 3rd battle of panipat. Yes, Sadashiv Bhau is indeed the Abhimanyu of Mahabharatha!!
Chandrahas Halai
Apr 13, 2013 Chandrahas Halai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Must read for all Indians
Apr 27, 2016 Lavanya rated it it was amazing
Beyond doubt, one of the best books I have ever read, on Indian History, with special reference to the Maratha empire. Again, no shelf on Indian history is complete without this volume.
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Feb 28, 2015 Manish Dasgupta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bhau was such a hero!
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“The battle of Panipat was fought for more than what is usually imagined. It was fought by a people in the far south of India, on behalf of the Mughal Emperor, for the defence of India.” 2 likes
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