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Historical novel based on the life story of elder Madhavrao
Published (first published January 1st 2004)
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Feb 21, 2013 Avadhut rated it it was amazing

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“And the plains of Panipat were not more fatal to the Maratha Empire than the early end of this excellent prince..” These famous lines by British historian Grant Duff aptly summarise the reign of Madhavrao I. “Swami” – Ranjit Desai’s celebrated novel on the life of this excellent prince is a perfect blend of history and literature.

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I think Madhavrao I is one of the most remarkable yet relatively unknown figure in Indian history. He became Pe
Jul 07, 2012 Ranjeet rated it really liked it

Swami is a book that teaches politics, deciets, loss, sacrifice and yet triumph of the worthy. An excellent work by ranjit desai. The life of an excellent peshwa whose loss cost us our swarajya!
Sep 24, 2013 Sarvesh rated it really liked it
The hollow vanity and ominous arrogance of PESHWA, the twisted relation's, the corrupt hearts, all painted on a grand canvas of opulence. Swami is a must read for understanding the roots of our heritage and political ambitions of warrior families.
Aug 14, 2013 Sagar rated it it was amazing
Excellent depiction of life of Madhavrao Peshwa. Just shows you need no experience and ahe for politics. How your own relatives are against you.
Sep 26, 2012 Avadhut rated it it was amazing
Story of a Madhavrao Peshave.
Nice Historic book for understanding one of the Great Maratha Worrier.
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how i read this book plz tell me
Nov 06, 2014 Akshay rated it liked it
"Swami" by Ranjit Desai, originally published in 1962, is based on the life and times of Madhavrao Peshwa. It explores various relationships like his wife Ramabai, his mother Gopikabai and his uncle Raghobadada among others. Though mainly focussed on Madhavrao, the other characters remain somewhat stunted in their growth and development. The author has glossed over much of the details of wars with Madhavarao's opponents making his victories sound almost too easy and hence by consequence him ...more
Gautam Soman
Nov 04, 2016 Gautam Soman rated it really liked it
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"सवामी" ही थोरलया माधवराव पेशवयांची जीवनगाथा. लेखक रणजित देसाई यांची पहिलीच ऐतिहासिक कादंबरी. यानंतर तयांनी "राधेय" (करण), "शरीमान योगी" (शिवाजी महाराज) यांसारखया उततमोततम कादंबया लिहिलया, पण जनमानसात तयांची ओळख निरमाण झाली ते "सवामी"कार महणूनच!
विलकषण घटना-परसंग, विपुल व ताकदवान संवाद, अचूक शबदयोजना, हा या कादंबरीचा आतमा आहे. या दृषटीने "सवामी" ने ऐतिहासिक कादंबयात नवा परवाह निरमाण केला असे महटलयास ते वावगे ठरणार नाही.
रमाबाई व माधवराव यांचयामधील भावपूरण परसंगांनी तर मराठी वाचकाला अकषरश: वेड लावल
Gaurav Kawale
Oct 14, 2014 Gaurav Kawale rated it really liked it
While Madhavrao has been depicted as a shrewd statesman and a just and able ruler, his coronation as Peshwa came at a very difficult time... just after the defeat at Panipat. Faced with rebellions all over and powerful neighbors looking to settle old scores, his greatest challenges came from his own family !!

The book which describes the reign of Madhavrao Peshwa is more of a history based novel rather than a biography - its not a record of overt history nor does it provide a critical analysis of
Khandoba Salunkhe
Mar 14, 2013 Khandoba Salunkhe rated it it was amazing
“And the plains of Panipat were not morefatal to the Maratha Empire than the early end of this excellent prince..” the words by Grant Duff say it all...
Swami is the story of Peshwa who always fought for his people and his empire. He stood firmly for what he believed in, against even his own blood. Great story of love, sacrifice and leadership.
Amit Nimbhorkar
Jan 05, 2016 Amit Nimbhorkar rated it it was amazing
This is the very first non-academic book I read in summer of 1995. I credit this book for my love towards history and historic reading. It is a must read book at least for every literate Maharashtrain.
Rakesh Ahirrao
Jul 17, 2016 Rakesh Ahirrao rated it really liked it
... And the pain of PANIPAT were not more fatal to the MARATHA Empire than the early end of this excellent prince....
----- Grand Duff
Indeed Grand Duff was right
Amod Mhaskar
Feb 22, 2014 Amod Mhaskar rated it really liked it
good book i thought it would give me more details of the war Madhaorao peshwa but book gives more details of the personal life..
good read for all ages...
Oct 21, 2014 Ashvini rated it it was amazing
One of the most amazing fiction based on madhavrao peshva.very true to the historical facts as well.
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Sep 02, 2013 Chinmay Bajikar rated it it was amazing
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" the plains of Panniput were not more fatal to the Mahratta empire, than the early end of this excellent prince" ....James Grant Duff
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परसिदध कादंबरीकार , कथालेखक , नाटककार . रणजित देसाई मूळचे कोलहापूरचया कोवाडचे. इंगरजी शाळेत असतानाच तयांनी लेखनाला सुरुवात केली. कोलहापूरचया ' महादवार ' मधून तयांनी कथालेखन करायला सुरुवात केली.

इंटर नापास असलेलया देसाई यांनी मधये परसाद मासिकाने आयोजीत केलेलया कथासपरधेत भैरव ही कथा सादर केली. तयांचया कथेला पारितोषिक मिळाले. या पारितोषिकामुळे तयांचया कथालेखनाला परोतसाहन मिळाले. रुपमहाल () , कणंव ()
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