Mandu: The Romance of Roopmati and Baz Bahadur

Paper Type: Book Print Paper | Size: 216 mm x 140 mm
Black and white; 260 pages; Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-93-89136-54-8


Set in 16th century India, this novel is inspired by the legend of the young sultan, Baz Bahadur, and the beautiful peasant girl, Roopmati, who come together over their common love for classical music. He is a man who can have any woman, and she is a woman too proud to ever be part of his harem.

But night after night, as they sing together in the enchanting world of Mandu, the fortress city lit up with lanterns and throbbing to the beat of ghungroos and tablas, a magic begins to happen. Baz and Roopmati fall in love. But, far away, in Agra, the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, is planning his campaigns and Mandu has been pinned on his map as a kingdom to be captured. Will Baz be able to protect his capital, and more importantly, the woman he loves, from the enemy forces? 


Malathi Ramachandran
Malathi Ramachandran

Malathi Ramachandran is a masters in Mass Communication, and began her foray into fiction writing with several short stories published in magazines and anthologies. She is the author of four novels, the last two titles The Legend of Kuldhara (2017) and Mandu (2020) in the genre of historical fiction. Fascinated by India’s rich past and the many human stories of love and loss buried beneath the larger narratives, Malathi endeavours in her novels not just to re-create history as it happened long ago, but to also explore the lives and relationships of those who lived in those times. ‘If I can pull India’s past out of the dreary books of history and bring it alive for my readers, I’d have achieved my purpose of writing historical fiction,’ she says.