The Treasure of Kafur: One for the history lovers
By Shyama Krishna Kumar | Published: 07th January 2014 10:48 AM |
An action adventure set in the Mughal era, The Treasure of Kafur by Aroon Raman, is a book that cannot be set down too easily. Raman, who authored the best-selling novel The Shadow Throne, is in familiar territory again, where history meets fiction and the result is another bestseller in the making. The book talks about the forgotten treasure that Malik Kafur accumulated prior to the Mughal invasion. Kafur was a slave who became a head general in the army of Alauddin Khilji, ruler of the Delhi sultanate from 1296 to 1316 AD. However, the novel kickstarts from the Mughal period in the Hindustan of 1580 AD when Emperor Akbar was the ruler. As a known fact, Akbar reigned Hindustan for a very long period and during this time also managed to accumulate many enemies, one of them being Asaf Baig, a tyrannical ruler of Khandesh. The need for more power and wealth drives Asif Baig to fight Akbar, but that can be done only if he has more wealth. In this pursuit of power he finds out about the hidden treasure of Kafur and tracks down an old woman named Ambu, who is the only person who knows about the whereabouts of this treasure. The story takes a twist when her grandson Dattatreya escapes to Hindustan to help the Emperor. Perhaps, the author’s biggest strength when it comes to this book lies in the fact that there’s already so much documented about the Mughal period, that the research material is quite vast and contains innumerable stories for adaptation. Well written and fast paced, there’s something in here for everyone. The lead character Datta, although fearless and every bit the hero, comes with his own set of weaknesses, mainly stemming from his young age and the rashness of youth, that lands him in tricky situations. From overzealous spies, beautiful princesses, wizened tantrics to the Emperor himself, Datta meets them all. There’s definitely going to be a next book in the series, probably exploring Datta’s love story and his pursuit of the Princess that has managed to ensnare his heart. All in all, The Treasure of Kafur, is an entertaining affair: slightly predictable, but action packed nonetheless. Great for history lovers and naysayers alike.