Author: Pushan Kumar DuttaAmitava Mukherjee/Translator(s): Amitava MukherjeePublisher: UBS PublishersYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 180ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174765093
Relics of the Lesser Mughals-A Retrospect is a collection of reminiscences of the author, a senior government officer, who, after retirement, shifted to Bhagirath Palace in Chandni Chowk to pursue his writing career. In his study there, he was haunted by the ghosts of begums of later Mughal kings who gave him a glimpse of the blindings, tortures and sufferings inflicted on their sons and daughters. The present work is a reflection in stories of what the author saw in his dreams, and the narrations relate to: Blinding of the ten-year old brother by the emperor and later the same treatment meted out to him.Exploits inside Red Fort by Nadir Shah, Ahmed Shah Abdali and the decoit-king Ghulam KadirFightinig and turmoil in and around Delhi during the Sepoy Mutiny and captivity of Badshah Bahadur Shah ZafarThe life and times of the poet-laureate Mirza Ghalib, and The rise of Marathas and a graphic description of the Third Battle of Panipat. Besides this, the book focuses on the activities of the musclemen and wrestlers of Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and gives a glimpse of the goings-on in the higher echelons of Delhi’s officialdom.
PREFACE1. Delhi: Relic of the Mughal Empire2. Legacy of the Mughal Empire3. The Battle for Takht-e-Tous4. The Sepoy Mutiny5. The First Signs of Fissure6. The Dacoit King in Red Fort7. Elite of the Later Mughals8. Mutiny: The First War of Independence9. More about the Poet Laureate10. Some More Personal Reminiscences11. Invaders of the Mughal Era12. The Exploits of Marathas in the Mughal EraGLOSSARYBIBLIOGRAPHY