Author: Anant PaiPublisher: India Book HouseYear: 1999Language: EnglishPages: 150ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175082186
A collection of 5 stories of the Great Rulers of India:Great Ruler featured in this volume are:Chandragupta MauryaAshokaSamudra GuptaHarshaKrishnadeva RayaIn this Panchratna volume, we have included Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Maurya dynasty, and Ashoka, his grandson, who at the zenith of his conquests saw the futility of violence and had the courage to renounce it. The Gupta age is considered to be the golden age of India. To Samudra Gupta goes the credit of spreading the Gupta empire.The fourth book in this volume is on the life of Emperor Harsha, who is remembered till this day as a great ruler, not only because he was a brave military leader, but also because he was a man of noble impulses. This is based on Harsha-charita by Banabhatta and the account given by the Chinese traveler, Hiuen-Tsang.The fifth book is on the life of Krishnadeva Raya, the greatest emperor of Vijayanagara. Domingos Paes, the Portuguese traveler, described the capital city as ' the best provided city in the world'. Of Krishna Raya, he wrote, ' He is the most perfect king that would be, cheerful of disposition and very merry'.