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In Indu Sundaresan’s lush historical romance, The Twentieth Wife, we read of Mumtaz Mahal’s aunt, Mehrunnisa, a woman known to Indian history as Nur. Indu Sundaresan is an Indian-American author of historical fiction. Contents. 1 Career; 2 Personal; 3 Awards; 4 Works; 5 References; 6 External links. Career[ edit]. Her first novel The Twentieth Wife is about how a young widow named. The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan – An enchanting seventeenth-century epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of .

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Not sure whether Sundaresxn read the sequel to this as I do not want to spoil the effect. This is based on a true story sundaresam sometimes the bravest thing to do is deal with the situation you’re in.

Books by Indu Sundaresan. Prince Salim may be Indian, sundsresan his romantic type is all-American: This kind of character needs to have the reader on her side. Maybe I will read it non fiction on her next She sees Jahangir for the first time when he marries another woman, but Mehrunnisa knows at this first sight of him that this is the man she will love forever; however, her father betroths her to another man.

View all 19 comments. And the little suffering tossed Mehrunnissa’s way never succeeded in winning this reader over. While reading other scenes I was looking forward to their next meeting.

And make it romantic if that’s what it should be! I think it proper to award two stars rather than one simply because I did learn about the Mughal Empire — historical facts, customs and way of life.

The Twentieth Wife (Taj Mahal Trilogy, #1) by Indu Sundaresan

NabilaSyifaS The story of Anarkali was originally written by Indian writer Abdul Halim Shahar, and on the first page of the book he had clearly mentioned it to be …more The story of Anarkali was originally written by Indian writer Abdul Halim Shahar, and on the first page of the book he had clearly mentioned it to be a work of fiction. Her father, a fighter pilot, was also a storyteller—managing to keep his audiences captive and rapt with his flair for drama and timing.

But Mehrunissa was promised to another and their journey to love and her role as The Twentieth Wife would be tested in the fires of time. This first, Great summer read with all the pomp and circumstance you’d expect for a novel about the royal court of 15th century Moghul Empire which included what today is Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and most of India Mehrunnisa aka Empress Nur Jahan was one of the most powerful empresses of the Moghul Empire only her story is just now coming to light based on a pulling together of anecdotal mentions in books on the country and famous men at that time.

The descriptions bring you to India in Is this novel related to that legend?

I read the sequel before the first book, spoiling some of the events that took place in the first novel. The protagonist Mehrunnisa is everything a feminist would want: In fact, they ‘meet’ only 3 or 4 times before Mehrunissa gets married to someone else and moves away for more than 15 years, i.

The royal families and polygamy always did go together. In all fairness, my view seems to be in the minority since the book’s rating is above four.

The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

Though it is a work of fiction but it has a strong base to the historical realities. He later realizes his folly and apologizes to Akbar. At the age of eight she sees Prince Salim and decides she will one day marry iindu.

A well researched work which talks not only about the great Empress but also of the landscapes, politics and culture. The Mountain of Light.

Retrieved from ” https: During his journey from Persia, his wife gives birth to a daughter, Mehrunissa meaning Sun thhe Womenbut there is no way they can afford to care for her as well as the children they already have. And it was only Mehrunnisa later on entitled as Nur Jahan Begum who got to win the game who was the ultimate power behind the throne.

The Indu Sundaresan Collection. She amazes Jahangir with her understanding of the book. She’s probably better off; her husband tends to be away a lot anyway and I think there are probably books somewhere she could liberate. Get your free lesson today! I enjoyed reading twentketh book though some romantic scene felt too filmy. They stood smiling at each other with no words, just happiness. Sundaresan’s debut is a sweeping, carefully researched tale of desire, sexual mores and political treachery set against the backdrop of 16th- and 17th-century India.

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