Veteran journalist and author of the upcoming novel ‘Akbar’ led a heritage walk to places that tell the tales of the legendary emperor Jalaluddin M
The first of the spot was the Sher Mandal, inside the Old Fort(Purana Qila). At this place, Akbar’s father Humayun had fallen down the stairs and died, following which a young Akbar was made the new king of the Mughal Empire. At that time, the news of Humayun’s death was concealed. He was replaced by a look-alike who appeared on the window posing as king, so that people assumed that the emperor was fine . Right after Akbar’s coronation in Punjab, Humayun’s death death became public.
Just across the road from the Old Fort is the Khairal Manazil mosque or the Madrasa of Maham Anga. Khairal Manazil
We all know Emperor Akbar as the most fascinating king of the Mughal dynasty but there are mesmerizing facts of his life, which are untouched. And Shazi Zaman has revealed some of these untold parts of the legend’s life. Shazi Zaman’s passion for the subject and his 20 years of research that resulted in his book ‘Akbar’ was also reflected in his flawless descriptions, with dates and unknown facts, as people followed him through the trail.
Shazi Zaman says, “reading primary sources like Akbarnama, Baburnama, Humayunnama is essential. So is the study of Mughal miniatures that capture critical events in Akbar’s life. However as somebody researching on Akbar’s life I spent considerable time exploring monuments built by him or monuments linked to him . This was to get the real feel of that period. Now I can exactly visualise Humayun tumbling down the Sher Mandal and Akbar showing everybody the arrow that could have killed him near the Madrasa of Maham Anga. It is this excitement that I have shared in my novel Akbar and it is this excitement I wanted to personally share through the IHC heritage walk.”
The book ‘Akbar’, written by Shazi Zaman and published i
The novel is available for exclusive pre-booking at amazon.in and will be available for readers 15th November onwards.