Daniel’s Diary by Rajeshwari Chauhan
When Mrinalini, an art restoration expert, ventures into the ruins of Rang-Mahal and the Palace of Sumangarh, an accidental discovery of a skeleton and a manuscript detailing the exploits of Daniel, a Portuguese artist, opens a window to the forgotten era of grace and grandeur. The blossoming of love between a Moghul Emperor and a Rajput princess, is seen through the eyes of a foreign traveller, who himself falls in love with Jodhabai.
The plot revolves around Danielâ€™s quest for beauty and passion, the ecstasy and agony of love. He marries the famous courtesan Mahamaya only to lose her. It also draws a modern day parallel in the life of Mrinalini, a woman who seeks refuge in artistic pursuits and architectural ruins when relationships in life confuse her.Â
Will she and Surajsinh be able to decode the clues left behind by Daniel? Will the curse of centuries-old unfulfilled love break into a happy ending for Mrinalini?
The author seems to have put in her heart into the book for she has brought in things close to her heart â€“ the royal family set up, creating and restoring paintings etc. Mrinalini, an art restoration expert is hired to work her magic and tranform the royal palace into a top-notch heritage hotel. During her excavations and snooping around, she stumbles upon Daniel’s Diary which held stories of love and admiration the various characters developed for each other.
Â The language is good and there it needs to be said that I enjoyed reading this historical romance even though I am not much deep into the genre. The book blends history, romance, war, drama and emotional ups and downs. On the whole, an enjoyable book.
Meet the Author
The Author’s Thoughts
A freelance writer, artist, and teacher, Rajeshwari Chauhan has contributed as a script and content writer for many creative and promotional literature, short movies, and plays.Â
A passionate artist, she loves to create realistic paintings on canvas as well as doing wall paintings. For her, painting and creative writing are complementary to each other.
Being from the Royal family of Chhota-Udepur, she has always had a fascination for history and conservation of heritage.
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Writing to me is therapy, it frightens and comforts at the same time. Liberates like nothing else. A book in my own name is a dream, but a bigger dream would be to write something that haunts the reader even after the last page is turned and the book is shut. I enjoy reading and music, spending time with family whilst battling my social awkwardness.