Harsha Vardhana became the king of Kanauj and Thanesar in c. CE 606, and transferred his capital from Thanesar to Kanauj shortly afterwards. He ruled till CE 648. The union of these two powerful kingdoms helped Harsha extend his influence and jurisdiction over other states in north India. The grandeur and power of Kanauj under Harsha was apparently so great that, according to a contemporary text, the expression 'you want Kanauj' was used as a proverb, meaning 'you want the impossible'. This vividly-imagined novel starts in the happy environs of the palace of Thanesar, where Harsha and his siblings are growing up. But soon after his sister Rajyasri's wedding, things start to go wrong. And Rajyasri wonders, is he really the loving brother he seems to be, or is he a calculating man who will stop at nothing to gain the throne, even murder?
A story about Gopal, son of a barber from a small village who went on to become the jester in King Krishna Chandra's kingdom.
Everyone agreed that Raman of Tenali was very clever. As a boy, he exasperated people with his mischief just as much as he impressed them with his intelligence. As jester in the court of King Krishna Devaraya, Tenali continued to entertain and annoy the king and courtiers in equal measure. But underlying the buffoonery and audacious exploits was a keen concern for truth and a desire to bring to light the follies of men and society. This collection of eighteen stories contains all the wit and wisdom that make the stories of Tenali Raman so widely read and well loved.
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