|No. of Pages:||368|
About the Book
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 the Rajput princess. The plot revolves around Daniel's quest for beauty and passion, the ecstasy and agony of love. He meets 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. Will she 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?
About the Author
A freelance writer, artist, and teacher, Rajeshwari Chauhan has contributed as a script and content writer for many creative and promotional literary writings, short movies and plays. A passionate artist, she loves to create realistic paintings on canvas and walls. 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.
|Title:||daniels Diary||Publisher:||Vitasta Publishing|
|No. of Pages:||368|
Beautiful, Scholarly, Cliffhanger and Revealing! The book (Daniel’s Diary) deals with two love stories: one set in history and the other is modern day love stories. The book has a lot to offer rather just being a love story. For me, reading this book was sojourn from boring daily life. Unlike the popular genres of romance novels, the book has chosen its own path. The historical love story is described in minute detail with splendor. At times it feels that you were present at the time when the story was taking place. One comes to know a lot about the traditions and customs of Mughal era. The book also deals with the story of a modern day girl, Mrinalini, an energetic girl with high dreams and pleasing personality. The author is hundred percent successful in recreating the Mughal era in this book. It was nice to know about the gallantry of Rajputs. At times it feels that you are watching a movie. The characters are fully alive and not merely caricatures. There are characters for whom you really care and you feel bad when something wrong happens to them. I particularly liked the love story that blossomed between Daniel and Mahamaya. And there is a wonderful exchange of couplets between both of them. The modern day love story between Mrinalini and Surajsinh is beautifully woven. First, there was a friction in talks between both of them. But as the story rolls ahead, this fiction turns into affection. As the story reaches towards the climax one may literally start biting his nails, though the whole book is full of suspense. And the suspense is not created by using old clichés; in fact the book is full of originality. Though every book has some faults in it but I was not able to find any fault in this book. I would recommend this book to every reader, though I specially want the young readers to read this book. I am sure the author has given birth to modern day classic by writing this amazing book.
Rajeshwari Chauhan, an artist, freelance writer has great potential of creating paintings as well as creative writing. She belongs to Royal family Chhota-Udepur. Her passion for history and conservation of heritage has resulted in wonderful work” Daniel’s diary”. The moment I started reading it, the world around me started melting and I joined Mrinalini in her journey. A superb work, which needs no praise, no criticism as it is like Love, only those can understand its value, who has enjoyed it. It is great combination of suspense, romantic, history, mystery. Many genres in one. Mrinalini, an art restoration expert, is hired by one royal family, who wants to transform the palace into heritage hotel. During her task of restoring, she stumbles upon a mystery and revelation of it leads Mrinalini back into era of Moghuls, where a foreigner describes love story of Moghul emperor and Rajput princess. The story continues with many ups and downs, many surprises and OMG facts. “Daniel’s diary” is really a delightful work of literature. After reading many worthless popular fictions, it was really like finding oasis in desert. Beautiful description of lovers’ situations, similar in both era. Historical as well as modern era. Through characters of Mrinalini, Arrow, Surajsinh and Suzan, Rajeshwari portrays pleasant portrait of emotions of lovers. A must read for those who believe that love can be explained only through unnecessary detailed description of sex. Love can be explained through ‘stolen glances’, ‘foot games under table’, ‘rude behaviour on surface and intense care in deeper’. Something really solacing who wish to read something genuine, something to remember and enjoy, not for time pass. Language is also poetical, it really keeps line between hard and simple language. The beginner reader won’t need dictionary and well-read will enjoy its fluidity. I have fallen in love with it. I read it five times, still feeling like reading it again
Danielâs Diary is complete package of History, Mystery and Art! Danielâs Diary is a royal adventure. The plot of the story is constructed in a way that it effectively details all the characters and suffices the story properly by its unique structure. A touch with history as you progress toward the story. The real potential comes out when slowly and gradually moving towards the story, you found yourself absorbed into it completely. Character of Mrinalini - the protagonist of the story is framed very nicely, she got fulfilling commitments, taking risks and quick decision - making in her blood. She is excited, adventurous, and at times nervous. She carries a spirit of a true artist. Mrinalini's search for the truth and the unravelling of the mystery towards the end is the most powerful and gripping part. Many other characters are introduced in the story time to time and each character is framed very thoughtfully to maintain the royal touch. Daniel, who is born talented with an art to replicate, wants to capture the magnificence of mughal court. All characters are unique and interesting. Story maintains humour while introducing the character of Surajsinh which portray him as cold blooded, arrogant and over bearing driver. Story progresses at the thought of Mrinalini that it is her destiny or probable the old masters who were calling her to that place. Mrinalini is portrayed as a girl who trusts her instincts. The story is very vast that at one point it is in Jaipur and then you are so gracefully taken to history that being absorbed into story you can picture Agra and then the Indian culture is praised in beautiful way which is very excellent on the part of writerâs skills. The perfect correlation between present and history is done. The great climax is maintained while solving the centuries old puzzle by the protagonist of story. The author has succeeded in every aspect to make the novel best!
Love stories, painted with colors of history and suspense are a rarity. Rajeshwari Chauhan, in her novel Daniel's Diary has made just the perfect painting of the type. Daniel's Diary is the kind of novel I have never read before. Intriguing and engrossing as the book is, Rajeshwari Chauhan has made sure that her readers don't feel bored while reading the novel. Yes- It is that interesting. Narrated in an impeccable way, you would find it hard to let go until you reach the last page. This is the kind of novel, I felt upset after completing because somewhere in my heart, I just wanted it to go on and on. I wish the author writes a sequel to it. Just the right amalgam of love, satire, emotions, suspense and everything. A book I didn't regret. A book you won't regret. So, Readers, if you are looking to read something different than the present day romance, go for it. I bet you won't be disappointed. A book worth reading! I wish the author heartiest congratulations on the book and the best of luck.
Daniel's Diary is a twisted tale of love, intrigue & passion told primarily through the eyes of Daniel. Crafted as parallel plots which are juxtaposed delicately & brilliantly, the story reveals the endeavors of Mrinalini who, ignited by the reading of an old diary written by Daniel ages ago, undertakes to resolve the mystery that lies trapped in its pages. Ã¢ÂÂI believe in following ChanakyaÃ¢ÂÂs philosophy of Bhakti, Yukti, Shakti & Mukti. First, try to get what you want with a requestÃ¢ÂÂ¦that is Bhakti. If that fails, use crafty means and other strategic ways, that is Yukti. Then try using your power & connectionsÃ¢ÂÂ¦that means Shakti. If you fail even after using these three, you give up trying, and thatÃ¢ÂÂs called Mukti.Ã¢ÂÂ These lines more or less contain the soul of the book and highlight the determination and perseverance of a human being in search of his goals which is the cardinal theme of the book. The Mrinalini- Surajsinh restoration work plot is weaved well with the Akbar- Jodhabai love drama and lends a delightful respite and relief as the stories alternate between this dual narrative structure. The shifts are seamless and the peep into different worlds keeps the reader hooked and on the edge. The use of unusual & vivid metaphors & couplets add brighter shades to the tapestry of the narrative. RajeshwariÃ¢ÂÂs attention to intricate details transports you back in time and lights up the story with a paranormal translucence. It makes you want to stay there and soak the splendor & magic of a bygone era, which is exhibited with all its extravagance. Interlaced with the modern times and restoration of the palace, the writer spins a compelling tale of mystery, lost love & pain. A must read. In a market swarmed recently with low grade fiction and mostly immature love tales full of titillating stuff written by young, so called first time authors, the book stands tall for its maturity & quality of narrative, structure & story- Meenu Mehrotra, Author- SUNLIT HEARTS