Book Review: The Peshwa by Ram Sivasankaran

Book Review: The Peshwa by Ram Sivasankaran

*Publisher: Westland ltd *ISBN: 978-93-85724-21-3 *No of Pages: 332 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Historical Fiction *Price: 350 *Rating: 5/5

 My view:

A perfect book for those who loves to read historical fiction, the peshwa is a good mixture of history and fiction which makes it un-put-down-able. Now a day’s there are very little connection between content and cover of the book but The Peshwa is such book where the warrior Bajirao is very well edited and from the very first glance I loved the cover of this book.

The language of the author is excellent; true patriotic feelings emerges while reading, also the way he narrates any event makes the readers glued to the book. The pace and storyline is good which makes the book a good bestseller. A real event has been intertwined by the author with his imagination.   

After the movie Bajirao Mastani we all know about the love story but in this book life of Bajirao is depicted from child to manhood, who is being taught by his father for warfare and administrative skills to run the empire. 

The author has perfectly articulated the war events like the planning behind the war, its set-up, and it’s execution on the war field, how quick decision is being taken is very well portrayed.
Pretty impressive book, I highly recommend to the history lovers. Very well researched book written by the debut author, there is bright future for Ram Sivasankaran if he chooses to write on Historical fiction.

P.S. I have read the patriotic side of Bajirao, now waiting for the second part from the author i.e. the love triangle of Bajirao, Mastani and Kashi.

“I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.”


It is the 18th century and despite the dominant Mughal rule, the Maratha Confederacy has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Indian Subcontinent. The fragile peace between the two powers is threatened when Balaji Vishvanath Bhat, Peshwa of the Confederacy, foils the plans of Nizam Ul Mulk of the Mughal Empire, and asserts the power of the Marathas. However, little does the Peshwa know that he has dealt the Nizam an unintended wound - one with roots in his mysterious past and one that he would seek to avenge till his last breath.

When the Peshwa surrenders his life to a terminal illness dark clouds gather over the Confederacy as it is threatened by a Mughal invasion as well as an internal rebellion.

All the while a passive spectator, the Peswa’s son, Bajirao Bhat, now needs to rise beyond the grief of his father’s passing, his scant military and administrative experience, and his intense love for his wife and newborn son to rescue everything he holds dear. Will the young man be able to protect the Confederacy from internal strife and crush the armies of the Empire all while battling inner demons?

Will he live up to his title of Peshwa?