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Dewdrop on the Lotus

A tale of love and lust, courage and cunning, Dewdrop on the Lotus tells the dramatic story of Padmavati Chauhan, a Rajput woman whose extraordinary beauty, courage, and intelligence, whose skills in the arts of women and warriors won from her fellow Rajputs the title Padmini ('lotus woman'). Early in 1303, Ala'ud-Din Khilji, Sultan of Delhi, marched his armies south from Delhi and laid siege to her home, Chittorgarh, the storied fortress-capital of Mewar. Hearing of her beauty, the sultan wanted to make her his own, but no one told him of her courage or intelligence-and she already had a husband, Ratan Singh Guhilot, the Rawal of Mewar. The "now" of the story spans twenty-two days from August 3 to August 25, 1303. Her trial begins when by trickery Ala'ud-Din captures her husband and demands, as part of the ransom, that she surrender herself to him. During this "now," the story weaves back and forth from present to past to explore those aspects of her beliefs, traditions, character, and experiences that shape her response, a response that has enshrined her forever in the legends of India.
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A PhD in English and American literature, Frank Rogers has written five scholarly books and edited three volumes of Mark Twain's writings, all published by major US and UK university presses. As a university professor, he has taught in the US, Europe, and Japan. A long-time student of the history and civilization of India, he has lived and traveled extensively in that country, visiting the sites that figure in his stories, studying the people, their customs, and their lore. Penguin Books-India (New Delhi) published his first novel, When the Fight Was Done in 2002. Dewdrop on the Lotus is his second novel. A disabled veteran of World War II, he lives with his wife in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Los Gatos, California.

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