Tughlaq A Play In Thirteen Scenes (2020)

Tughlaq A Play In Thirteen Scenes Tughlaq written by Girish Karnad in is his best loved play about an idealist th century Sultan of Delhi Muhammad bin Tughluq and allegory on the Nehruvian era which started with ambitious i
  • Title: Tughlaq A Play In Thirteen Scenes
  • Author: Girish Karnad
  • ISBN: 9780195602265
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tughlaq A Play In Thirteen Scenes
    Tughlaq written by Girish Karnad in 1964, is his best loved play, about an idealist 14th century Sultan of Delhi, Muhammad bin Tughluq, and allegory on the Nehruvian era which started with ambitious idealism and ended up in disillusionment.
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    1. The first thought that crossed my mind while reading this play was Gosh, if this was produced today, there would be protests from the Hindutva groups, stagings may be violently interrupted, and poor Girish Karnad would be packed off to Pakistan as an anti national The text of the play has so much contemporary relevance.Yet this was written in 1964, right after the Nehru era, when even the dictatorial Indira Gandhi was very much in the future.Talk about the eternal relevance of good literature

    2. I am not surprised that Tughlaq is one of the best loved plays ofGirish Karnad Despite being a translation, it s well written and captures the details of politics and diplomacy with an ease no other author could have managed Karnad shows the evolution of Tughlaq from an idealist to a tyrant lusty for power and fame, something anyone, any Indian for that matter can relate to easily especially people who are familiar with the Nehruvian Era of Indian politics Though according to most people, Tughla [...]

    3. 4 A brilliant political play a cherishable short read Having seen and loved some of Girish Karnad s movies, I came to know about his plays while playing Secret Santa in 2016, browsing through some wishlists Only recently I got hold of the English translated play and decided to quench my curiosity.The play grips you right from Scene 1 And as the political plot thickens, we get to see the emerging definition of idealism from the emperor s point of view Much of the situations and political games ho [...]

    4. 4.5 5 To me Girish Karnad was a decent Bollywood character actor Much later thru my fav columnist Jay Vasavada Gujarati newspaper , I came to know that he is one our best modern playwrights.I am really wary of classics and even of plays but thought of giving it a try as my GR friends had rated it 4.Firstly, the play is clever and enjoyable There is not a single dull moment However, read it slowly to enjoy it fully Also there r no meaningless sentences which may have deep meanings in their 100th [...]

    5. Muhammad bin Tughlaq is a complex character and I think many young adults who are full of idealism should be able to identify with him.After reading this story my opinion is that we idealists must learn to detach oneself from one s job especially when one is in a field like administration because very few people would agree to one s ethics and principles At this juncture one often has to choose between glory achievement of one s goals or adhering to one s principles Those who choose the latter a [...]

    6. Exceptional Even in translation the play is flawless The way Karnad touches on the contemporary politics through history is brilliant I think it gives the play an universal appeal I found the plot to be multi layered and would love to read it again a few times There is a lot of depth in the plot and I think just one reading is not really enough, at least for me A detailed author s note, an introduction by UR Ananthamurthy , an essay by Aparna Dharwadker on Historical Fictions and Postcolonial Re [...]

    7. Brilliant, beautiful, delightful play It s as relevant today as when it was first written and as relevant as when it s set I love the way the historical overlaps with the current, and vice versa It s got so much depth and humour in it Another terrific play for students to perform and play around with in their high school drama productions

    8. the first karnad play that i read was hayavadana and it was included in my university syllabus i immensely loved it i bought this book, then, but i never managed to read it before well, around the course of a day and a half, i finished it and boy, oh boy, did i not love it the play runs its course through medieval indian history but it digs down the genre of the political thriller it s a tight political thriller with ample political playmotifs along with allegories which are still relevant in to [...]

    9. The story has left an imprint on my mind The dialogues are very engaging The game of chess that happens right in front of your eyes with the characters makes you feel eager to know what happens The ending, the way it s done is the best Aziz, even though is a disgusting person, becomes a very intriguing character Muhammed s fall was foreseen, but the way it would fall wasn t, and thus, only until the end is where the reader gets his flaws.

    10. An interesting perspective on the emperor often referred to as the mad king We see a learned and clever individual with idealistic visions for a kingdom that wasn t ready to accept his progressive regime At the same time, we see an impulsive and ruthless tyrant whose reign went down in history as one massive fuckup.

    11. A very relevant book for the current times Shows how the most well meaning intentions can be poisoned by power, hubris and paranoia A lot like Julius Caesar.

    12. Tughlaq is a thirteen scene play written by actor playwright Girish Karnad about the turbulent rule of Muhammad bin Tughlaq, who ruled from 1324 to 1351 The play recaptures some significant events which begin soon after Tughlaq s ascension to the throne of Delhi, his proclamations of idealism, his calling upon people to be a part of building of a new empire, of peace and prosperity, to a kingdom that survives on ideals such as amity and peaceful coexistence The play depicts him as a man of ideal [...]

    13. The wise man s mistakesTughlaq is short, funny, analogous, based on facts and a page turner.Tughlaq is the best play history ever written and it is equally brought out by Girish Kahand.Girish Kahand is known to use history and mythology to deal with contemporary issues Tughlaq touches contemporary issues in multiple ways including its take on secularism and socialism.The story mostly elaborates mistakes of the most educated of all muslim rulers who ever ruled over India and his wise man s mistak [...]

    14. Beautifully written un put downable What I loved the most in this play is the character of Aziz his wit humour and of course, the decisions of Tughlaq that one would find as really canny at some events, but way foolish at other times.Also, as impressive are Girish Karnad s lucid depictions of royal manners lifestyle and of the Hindu Muslim thoughts prevailing in India.Just one thing the end is what disappointed me a bit.Anyway, maybe Tughlaq was so mad because he was an insomniac I don t know i [...]

    15. Karnad has very effectively designed Tughlaq s character with the blend of history and myth Tughlaq is an intriguing character, and literature serving as alternate history, has beautifully characterised the historical character His two major errors, one of shifting the capital from Delhi to Daulatabad, and two, of introducing copper coins as a medium of currency exchange not foreseeing how it could be misused add to the character s failure Karnad explores the psyche of Tughlaq and we, as readers [...]

    16. A supremely well written play, Tughlaq is one piece of Indian writing that you don t want to miss We performed it in Hindi at my school and it was a hit.This is the tale of a wise man and his lack of foresight, which led to the stagnation, decay and deterioration of his kingdom Tughlaq was very, very welfare oriented ruler, but all his plans collapsed miserably This play explores his doomed rule through his eyes and those of his subjects, who greatly misunderstood him No one in their right mind [...]

    17. Play started out with portrayal of wise Tughlaq and ended with mad Tughlaq And I couldn t see the transition between two And it felt both were present at the same time Tughlaq killed many of his confidant on slightest suspicion but gave clemency to all rebels and enemies He used great logic to spot his enemies but same logic failed and instead rewarded his enemies In the end, I remember quote from Godfather Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer to justify and rationalise Tughlaq s [...]

    18. A Short but a deep read The humor is subtle but one of the best I have come across in a long time Completely explains the dilemma and the hypocrisy that comes to surround people in power Even the best of intentions go haywire in front of personal self interests of power centers.I think the closet analogy of a book that I can think of is Animal Farm by George Orwell, you can call this book an Indian version of the same concept Good Read.

    19. Overall average Extremely disturbing description of certain practices As far as the history part goes, the play is factually based which is all the disturbing nevertheless, it is a quick read to be picked up when you have exhausted all books around youThe plot is plain and untwisted would have been better to see it on stage

    20. Set during the reign of one of the most gifted and misunderstood kings in the history of India, Tughlaq is definitely a play that will hold the attention of most readers The play displays excellent characterization, thoroughly exploring various external as well as internal conflicts The battle between ideals and reality is undoubtedly, the most intriguing aspect of the play.

    21. A perfect mockery on Nehruvian Socialism, the way Karnad has written the 13th scene is an example of his mastery on theater.Above all the way he etched the characters of Aziz and Aazam is brilliant.

    22. People who have read a lot of drama will know immediately the power of Karnad s writing as they begin with it The way history is employed to imply satire on power is brilliant.

    23. The smallest book and it took the longest time to finish So much layered this one is The interpretations are many and that demands a re read if this play some day.

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