Babur Nama is an autobiographical work of the first of the Mogul emperors, as also the famed Timur ruler Babur. It was translated by Annette Susannah Beveridge and edited by Dilip Hiro.
Against the tumultuous setting of medieval history; the book portrays an accurate and vibrant picture of life as it was lived Afghanistan, Central Asia and India where his adventurous and brutal military career concluded by establishing the Mogul dynasty that lasted for around three centuries. Babur was a skilled, ruthless warrior as well as master strategist.
This is a good account of the life of the medieval period. Although considered a highly sensitive aesthete, poet, naturalist, and lover, he also became infamous for his barbarism and savagery that he had depicted in a no-holds-barred manner. He even turned eloquent and wrote a poem after killing thousands of Hindus in the name of religion. In fact, it is this savagery that was the prime reason for much of the social troubles that have become a part of life in India.
Babur was a hedonist and loved to spend his time in the pleasure gardens that he had created for himself. He used to give lavish parties where the favorite dish was majuun, a heavily spiced cake laced liberally with hashish. The guests were served wine also, and he wrote that they drank that wine as if it is was the water of life itself. At those parties, Babur was the center figure. Although he decided to quit drinking wine when he became 40, and renounced it publicly as he reached 42, he found it hard to abstain his glass of wine.
Babur Nama was written in Chaghatay Turkish. Hiro has edited out of some portions that are highly offensive to Hindus as he narrates the killings of Indians in all its gory detail and wrote poems about it too.
You can shop online for this product. This paperback book is listed with the ISBN number of ISBN-10: 0144001497 ISBN-13: 978-0144001491.