Author of ‘Akbar’ leads a walk to places associated with the mughal emperor

Posted by: at 10/23/2016 06:04:00 am
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Author of ‘Akbar’ leads a walk to places associated with the mughal emperor

New Delhi, October 23 2016: Veteran journalist and author of the upcoming novel ‘Akbar’ led a heritage walk to places that tell the tales of the legendary emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar. Organised by the India Habitat Center, the walk began at eight am on Sunday morning, from Old fort (Purana Qila), and halted at two crucial spots, associated with the life of the celebrated emperor. Enthusiastic participants took part in the heritage walk as Shazi Zaman unveiled the mysteries of the stories buried behind the walls of these structures.

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 is the Persian word meaning “Best in all buildings' .There was a sensational assassination attempt on the emperor's life from the first floor of this structure in 1564 not completely explained till this day. He was hit by an arrow in the crowded market while he was returning from Nizamuddin Dargah.

Akbar book author Shazi Zaman at khairal manazil mosque,New Delhi
 Akbar book author Shazi Zaman at khairal manazil mosque,New Delhi

Akbar book author Shazi Zaman at khairal manazil mosque,New Delhi-2
 Akbar book author Shazi Zaman at khairal manazil mosque,New Delhi

Shazi Zaman at  Akbar Heritage Walk
 Shazi Zaman at  Akbar Heritage Walk

Shazi Zaman with the participants of IHC Heritage Walk ,Purana Qila
Shazi Zaman with the participants of IHC Heritage Walk ,Purana Qila

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 in Hindi by Rajkamal Prakashan, is the result of author’s 20 years of research on India’s most favourite non-fictional character and is being presented in the most compulsive way to the lovers of both history and fiction.In two decades, the author closely examined possibly every material available on the celebrated emperor till date, travelled right from the Indian Museum in Kolkata to Victoria & Albert in London, deeply scrutinised every single available painting of him, and studied the Mughal architecture at the time of Akbar and his contemporaries.
The novel is available for exclusive pre-booking at and will be available for readers 15th November onwards.

About Shazi Zaman: Shazi Zaman is a veteran electronic media journalist and is the Group Editor of ABP News Network . He passed out from the prestigious St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi with a degree in History. He has worked for the BBC World Service, Star News, Aajtak , Zee News and Doordarshan. His earlier novels ‘Prem Gali AtiSankari’ and ‘Jism Jism Ke Log’ were also published by Rajkamal Prakashan.

About Rajkamal Prakashan: Rajkamal Prakashan Samuh is a publication house with credibility of more than 6 decades. It’s a name synonymous with literary distinction, blend of ethnicity, and intrinsic value in the Hindi publishing world. RajkamalPrakashan has a publishing history of 65 years, that boasts of almost all the legendary writers in Hind language and their work, besides books of other languages translated in Hindi. 

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