Daniel’s Diary is Rajeshwari Chauhan’s Historical saga of pain, betrayal, agony and Eternal Love. The chance discovery of Daniel’s Diary leads Mrinalini on a journey which finally leads her to discover true love. The story draws a parallel between Mirnalini’s story and Daniel’s Story. As she uncovers the past she begins to unravel her life’s Plans too.
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Mirnalini is a modern woman, who knows what she wants and is on an eternal quest for true love. Her relationship with the aristocratic Arrow and Suzan is very rocky from the very beginning. Surajsingh is a genial man with genial manners and a loveable attitude, but is also very mysterious and is hiding something. Mrinalini and Surajsingh fall into a very cordial relationship from the very beginning. The other characters in the present time, like Dadasaheb, Bubbles and the entire royal family make for really interesting incidents and create many anecdotal instances.
The historical characters, their depiction and the environment created by the author while writing the diary are very detailed. Mahamaya though makes a late and very small appearance, her presence is very impactful. The other characters add on to the pomp and the grandeur of the Rajput era. Daniel, according to me is the best-written character in the entire book. The way she portrays, Daniel is quite real and the emotions he is going through hit home most of the time.
The story and the characters are very powerful; especially the historical portions of the book leave me wanting more. Every time the dairy entry ended I could not wait for the next one. The most fascinating part of the book is Diary and Daniel’s Story and the treatment of it in a very detailed manner. The play of emotions is very beautifully used by the author to create and draw a parallel between the past and the present.
What needed to be worked on according to me is the narration. In some places, like where foreign tourists come to stay for two days, the narration gets too dry and the fact that dialogues are not used becomes very evident. Also, I wanted to see more of Mahamaya. The story is so focussed on the Moghul Emperor and the Rajput princess that Daniel and Mahamaya’s story gets somewhat sidetracked. More description of their relationship and interaction could have probably worked wonders for this story.
Other than that this is a very powerful Saga. Rajeshwari Chauhan has created such an impact, and it is very evident that she belongs to a Royal family. I expect many more winning historical sagas from her.