Splendours of Royal Mysore -
The Untold Story of the Wodeyars


Book release in Hyderabad - 12th July 2008

The Crossword bookstore at the bustling City Centre Mall in Hyderabad’s Banjara Hills hosted the Hyderabad release of Vikram Sampath's new book 'Splendours of Royal Mysore'. The book was launched by Smt. Shanta Rameshwara Rao, a name that commands respect in Hyderabad. Smt. Shanta Rameshwara Rao belongs to the royal family of Wanaparthy and is the Chairperson of the Orient Longman group of publishers. She is also founder-principal of the Vidyaranya School in the city and is a noted author with a number of books to her credit.

Shantamma, as she is fondly called, praised the efforts of the young author and found the book extremely readable and fascinating with lots of stories that could interest young children. She incidentally specializes in writing stories for kids. The two other eminent guests for the day were Mr. Narendra Luther and Mr. S. V. Ramakrishnan.

Mr. Luther, retired IAS officer and former Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, is a veritable authority on the history of Hyderabad. He has authored several books on history and written in both English and Urdu. He analyzed the various aspects of this book and gave valuable comments on the Mysore-Hyderabad linkages.

Mr. Ramakrishnan, former Customs Chief Commissioner had reviewed the book ‘Splendours of Royal Mysore’ in the Indian Express and he spoke at length about its merits. He felt the way the author had handled controversial topics in the history of Mysore and also the myths and legends inherent in it was laudable.

In his address, author Vikram Sampath shared some of his experiences in writing the book, the various sources he fell back upon and the challenges that he faced as a modern chronicler of an ancient history. After the screening of the film on Mysore and a reading of an excerpt by Kartikeya Misra, there was a lively Question & Answer Session with the enthusiastic audience.



Splendours of Royal Mysore


Splendours of Royal Mysore nominated for Vodafone Crossword Book Award 2008.

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