Book Review: The Hawk Hunters - Pushpendra Singh

The Hawk Hunters by Pushpendra Singh is a fictional book that is historically extremely accurate and also intriguing, which is able to revive atmospheres, sounds and scents of the time.  This historical novel is a flashback of the Mughal conquest during the era of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru.

The book begins with Wazir Khan, the Mughal ruler of Sirhind, who capture and then cruelly put to death Guru Govind Singh’s two young sons, sending a repercussion of disgust that ignite an intense firestorm in Punjab. The Guru then command Banda Bahadur to unshackle Punjab from the Mughals’ oppressive repression.

Banda set out from Nanded with only twenty-five soldiers, but as he enter Punjab, thousands thronged to unite at the Nishan Sahib. Banda Bahadur hurled the raw, unprepared churned up Punjabi volunteers in opposition to powerful Wazir Khan’s potent military.

This was the foremost attack in opposition to the totalitarianism of alien Mughal invaders in over five centuries when high on the Imamgarh ramparts, Jalal-ud-Din, Mughal commandant of Samana fortress was hauled by Khalsa armed forces with the colossal mortar lashed to his silence. As the cannons blew the destined criminals to stupor, their howl thundered in Wazir Khan’s meeting hall and reverberated throughout Muzzam’s Mughal kingdom.

On the other hand among them was Shamsheer, a Sikh peasant-warrior, who too threw himself whole-heartedly into the fierce struggle for freedom; going on to become a celebrated Cavalry Commander of the Khalsa Army. Amidst the strife and turmoil Shamsheer and a young Muslim nobleman from Sirhind fell deeply, helplessly in love.

A really interesting book, especially in light of intolerance, prejudice, fear and racism weighed down by continuous, sometimes difficult to forget conquests while sometimes they are grand, much more often they seem ruthless and too unforgiving. It’s really a beautiful book, which sheds light on a historical period, basically between the mid-1500s and mid-1700s India with the entry of Mughals.

Yet the book is first of all an adventure novel. The author has the security and sensitivity of the narrator, and tells the big games as a story at its centre are not the reasons for the big politics, but men and women of flesh and blood: educated and brave spies, fierce and relentless war lords, oriental short decadent, old and timid Generals, and frivolous ladies in tow.

According to the author, the outcome of the wars depended in no small measure by the sum of the ambitions and weaknesses of each of these dramatis personae. The wars were also, first and foremost, the result of clash of civilizations which are so different between them.

After reading the story, you will begin to take interest in the history of India. The story takes the reader with its thrilling plot.  The story is well written and worth reading. You will enjoy the sixteenth century India. This book is a fascinating fast-paced fictional page turner that has a fascinating history.

The author takes you through an unforgettable journey of a time with every character in this book is truly incredible. Once the story is complete, you may feel like going back to the pages of the book again and begin reading the book. The twists at the junctures makes you re-read the story again and again. The book is very well written and is a must read for lovers of historical fiction.

Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Leadstart ♥ Pages: 288 ♥ Published: December 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9352013395