What i loved about the book is its precise, crispy adherence to facts, figures, incidents. It has been convincing and at once loyal at its purpose. It presents the kingly strengths beside, in coexistence, with the humanly weaknesses of the Maratha confederacy. It provokes imagination but not without the due weight of authenticity, a dash of sincerity that is not easy to preserve when you set out to paint a picture as magnanimous as one of Peshwa Bajirao himself. Save for the loose ends of writing dialogues at times, the characters - though mostly out of scale on everyday grandeur - have been narrated in a very plausible, matter of fact style.
As the debutant book of a first time author, the attempt is indeed impressive. The pace and structural tightness is appreciable. The style is writing is impressive, it takes the reader along as it goes. More than anything, this book attempts to combine facts with fiction to bring on the table what we have so far considered bare requirements of mandatory reads from school syllabus. It does a service to the human face of history in its own, small, humble way. Overall it is a lovely read.