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When Mrinalini, an art restoration expert, ventures into the ruins of Rang Mahal and the Palace of Sumangarh, an accidental discovery of a skeleton and a manuscript detailing the exploits of Daniel, a Portuguese artist, opens a window to the forgotten era of grace and grandeur. The blossoming of love between a Moghul Emperor and a Rajput princess, is seen through the eyes ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 5th 2014 by Vitasta Publishing
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“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”

----Sarah Dessen, an American author

Rajeshwari Chauhan, an Indian author, pens her very first book called, Daniel's Diary which reflects two love stories from two very different generation- one from Mughal period and another from coming-of-age era.


When Mrinalini, an art restoration expert, ventures into the ruins of Rang Mahal and the Palace of Sumangarh
Lynelle Clark
I received the book from the author for an honest review.

When I received the book in the post I was really excited about this interesting book. As a book reviewer I like to be open-minded in my selections, and once again I enjoyed the book I have chosen.
Since this is a book written about India, their culture and ways it took me a few pages to really understand the author's writing style. After that I became engrossed within the story, taken back and forth to the past and present of the story and
Udita Pal
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review : 4/5
When I got the book I thought it will be just another boring book, about thing. But to my surprise book was actually nice and left a really good mark in my heart.
Story was based on Mrinalni who was hired by a royal family who transform their fortress into hotel. During restoration process she comes across Love story. Book has everything one could’ve asked for. Power pack of emotions and sense which today’s writer lack. One more thing which I loved was the way she described thing
Neelam Chandra
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book starts well with Mrinalini, an art restoration expert, going to Sumangarh and deciding to visit Rang Mahal. In between, the book seems to slow down when the author describes the Moghals in the beginning, only to pick up soon after.
Two stories run in parallel - one is that of Daniel, a Portugese, who is in India and becomes one of the favorites of the Moghal Emperor, Akbar - both of them in love with the Rajput Princess, Jodhabai. Daniel never declares her love and once she falls in love
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
We see into the book that the people with different culture connecting across the miles for various purpose building relationships.

I would say that the story is a mix of education, interesting historical facts, war and bloodshed, drama and melodrama which will melt you through the journey of reading. Away from the novels today which print the stories of fast moving love lives in metro. This is about the treasure hunt of emotional turmoil; of historical restoration and prejudices. So do catch th
Parichita Singh
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
The book shows two stories—one happening in modern world, while the other already happened in the past. Mrinalini, an art restoration expert, goes to Sumangarh for her work, and fells for the charm of the ruins and history of the place. During one of her exploratory walks in the ruins, she discovers a skeleton and Daniel’s diary, the account of a Portugese artist who lived during the reign of Akbar. The story then moves through Mrinalini’s search for relationship, and Daniel’s search for passion ...more
Khushboo Gulrajani
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Aha! Daniel’s Diary, finally something which fits into the category of ‘classic literature’ Rajeshwari Chauhan, women with the magical hands, has described the Mughal era so realistically that it seems to be her first hand experience. As if it was not Daniel but she present over there at some point of time with the King Akbar and Begum Jodha at Agra (in case Daniel was for real not fiction). The smoothness with which the story moves from the contemporary place Sumangarh to 1560s Agra is where th ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing

“Daniel’s diary”

Rajeshwari Chauhan, an artist, freelance writer has great potential of creating paintings as well as creative writing. She belongs to Royal family Chhota-Udepur. Her passion for history and conservation of heritage has resulted in wonderful work” Daniel’s diary”. The moment I started reading it, the world around me started melting and I joined Mrinalini in her journey. A superb work, which needs no praise, no criticism as it is like Love, only those can understand its value, who
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mrinalini is an art restoration expert and she visits the Palace of Sumangarh to help Arvindsinh, the owner, restore a few paintings so that he can convert the Palace into a heritage hotel. In due course, she finds the skeletal remains and diary of a Portuguese artist, Daniel, who apparently lived during Akbar's rule.

Half the book deals with the life of Daniel, his stories about the court of Akbar and also the unfortunate twists and turns that his life take that lead to the mysterious death of
Sasiprabha Ps
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
A writer succeeds in the true sense when his /
her imagination conquers the sense of reality of
the readers, dragging them to another world,
another time period or another level of emotions
which they havnt ever thought of and leave
them there for a while ! Congratulations to
Rajeshwari Chauhan, author of Daniel's Diary
for this is exactly what she has done ! Now a
days rarely an Indian book do justice to the
language called English, giving the reason that
the story and situations are Indian and so we
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Truly soul-stirring. The words make you feel royal, when you start sailing through it you feel as if you are sitting in a royal palace and travelling through an amazing era, an era of 'mystery', lots and lots of it.

Each and every character touches 'each and every chord' of your emotion, be it love, passion, anger, pain and agony. The two stories were so entwined with each other that you cannot detach yourself from any of the character. You feel like Sherlock Holmes, you feel like a lover longing
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The author seems to have put in her heart into the book for she has brought in things close to her heart – the royal family set up, creating and restoring paintings etc. Mrinalini, an art restoration expert is hired to work her magic and tranform the royal palace into a top-notch heritage hotel. During her excavations and snooping around, she stumbles upon Daniel’s Diary which held stories of love and admiration the various characters developed for each other.

The language is good and there it n
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Its tuff to describe what I felt after reading Daniel's Diary in words... I was so involved in the book that I almost forgot everything. The cover, the pages, the quality everything was calling me to it self so I couldn't leave it unread for long. As far as the plot is concerned, we get to learn a lot about Akbar and his dynasty, a pot about Jodhabai and ofcourse Diniyal (Daniel)... This book is such a genre which I generally dont read, but after the book,I feel like reading and re reading this ...more
Akila Prabhudessai
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I will give 4/5 for this novel of Rajeshwari Chauhan.

The emotions expressed in this book is difficult to explain. A Portuguese person coming to some unknown country with his sister and completely gets absorbed there. His admiration and respect for "amber princess" and respect for Akbar. He spends his entire life in those memories of a lady whom he loved and the lady he adored, in some remote jail of Rajasthan. His pain is difficult to describe and it is heart wrenching too. Ending is sad but emo
Uttiya Roy
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
There is a moment in “Daniel’s Diary” when Akbar says to Jodhabai “But, Amber Princess. you have been hurting yourself all this while; how can I forgive you for causing this much distress to yourself?” and at that moment I could see the beauty of this story. These story is peppered with moments of glory like this. There are absolute moments that can grow and make you fall in love with themselves. However, the whole story does not hold up in the same way.
The thing about novel writing is, often it
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Daniel’s Dairy, is Rajeshwari Chauhan’s Historical saga of pain, betrayal, agony and Eternal Love. The chance discovery of the Daniel’s Dairy leads Mrinalini on a journey which finally leads her to discover true love. The story draws a parallel between Mirnalini’s story and Daniel’s Story. As she uncovers the past she begins to unravel her life’s Plans too.
Mirnalini is a modern woman, who knows what she wants and is in the eternal quest of true love. Her relationship with the aristocratic Arrow
Pummy Sharma
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book (Daniel’s Diary) deals with two love stories: one set in history and the other is modern day love story. The book has a lot to offer rather than just being a love story. For me, reading this book was sojourn from boring daily life. Unlike the popular genres of romance novels, the book has chosen its own path. The historical love story is described in minute detail with splendor. At times it feels that you were present at the time when the story was taking place. One comes to know a lot ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting - yes. Riveting - no.
This book is what I like to call a 'half and half' - it half made and half mucked up my day.
The story by itself is what makes it a good one time read - an art restoration expert comes to a renovated, soon to be turned hotel haveli, and discovers an ancient diary, written by a Portuguese painter who became a member of Akbar's court for some years. Two love stories unfold side by side - Akbar and Jodha's romance, as narrated in the diary, and the sort of love tri
Shreyasi Phukon
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
My wordings for Daniel's Diary by Rajeshwari Chauhan Ma'am

Vijay Agrawal Sir so good of you to send me this book. This novel was a huge surprise for me. I loved the cover and the plot line sounded interesting.

Once I began with the book, it became like "must finish this book as soon as possible" read. I really enjoyed the book. It really drew me in. The suspense and the secrets kept building. The pieces of past that kept on revealing from page by page, it really kept my interest in the story.All t
Sunil Pandey
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Simply a wonderful read! Daniel's Diary takes a reader to that amazing journey starting from Mughal era to the present time.
An intelligent and balanced mix of facts and fiction opens doors to the unknown but very interesting facts of Akbar's time in very much captivating manner.
The book has two parallel plots, interwoven very artistically, portraying different aspects of true love through different characters.
A 'goodread' in true sense after long long time in Indian English Literature!
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a real time travel book which gives a feel of olden days in modern times. A must read for suspense with classy humor.
Zain Ul abideen
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i thin that this is a creative story.
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