The Flute and the Sword : The Story of Meera and Jaimal and the Rise and Fall of Merta

The book, though fiction, follows an authentic timeline as it tells the story of the two remarkable grandchildren of Rao Duda, Meera, and Jaimal.
Meera was a gifted child, recognized for her intellectual brilliance and piety from her childhood. Her devotion to Lord Krishna was intense and never changed, even though she was married to Bhojraj, the son of Maharana Sanga. The book traces her life until she reaches Dwarka and is finally absorbed by her lord.
Jaimal, on the other hand, remained constantly at war, struggling to preserve his kingdom against powerful forces ranged against it. The constant struggle against Marwar finally leads to the destruction of Merta with the curtain coming down with Jaimal indomitably leading the defense of Chittor against Akbar.
Teeming with characters well known in history, the book offers a slice of it in painful though valorous detail. Despite their tragedy, the Mertias are a force to reckon with but as the Authors put it, in the 16th Century they created their own Camelot which rose and fell within three generations.

Vij Books
  • Pages: 370
  • 9788194261834 • PAPERBACK • Dec 2019 • Rs.650
  • Subjects: Historical Fiction
  • The Flute and the Sword : The Story of Meera and Jaimal and the Rise and Fall of Merta
author details

Karuna Sinh. A highly qualified individual with an MA in English. She is from Rajasthan and is well acquainted and related to the descendants of some of the personalities figuring in this book. She has done the research and is knowledgeable on the period as well as on the personality and songs of Meera.





Merta Dynasty Chart
Timelines of Major Ruling Dynasties during the period
Map of Rajputana and the Kingdom of Merta
Map of Chittor Fort 
CHAPTER 1 1534 
CHAPTER 2 1505 
CHAPTER 3 1510 
CHAPTER 4 1510 
CHAPTER 5 1514 
CHAPTER 6 1516 
CHAPTER 7 1518 
CHAPTER 8 1519 – 20 
CHAPTER 9 1520
CHAPTER 10 1523 
CHAPTER 11 PART 1 – 1527 
CHAPTER 11 PART 2 – 1527-1528 
CHAPTER 12 1531 
CHAPTER 13 1532 - 1533 
CHAPTER 14 1533 - 34 
CHAPTER 15 1534 - 1535 
CHAPTER 16 1535-36 
CHAPTER 17 1538 
CHAPTER 18 1539 – 1541 
CHAPTER 19 1542 – 1544 
CHAPTER 20 1547 
CHAPTER 21 1550 – 1552 
CHAPTER 22 1556 – 1567 
CHAPTER 23 1567 
CHAPTER 24 1567 – 1568 
CHAPTER 25 1568 
EPILOGUE 
A Glossary of Colloquial Words 
Historical Note 
Acknowledgements 
Selective Bibliography