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. Written by Indu Sundaresan Unfortunately, The Twentieth Wife is less than enthralling, for although its subjects are fascinating people, its setting is exotic, and.

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I believe wifr is partially due to the fact that all the characters are flat cardboard puppets, two dimensional figures.

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They were indeed gorgeous and still the every edifice standing until date from Mughal Era bewitches the viewer with its own charms. The kings and queens of India, like the great potentates of many eastern countries, are unknown to most North Americans. Does an emperor peek out? Review of “Debt of Twwentieth.

Dec 29, Rona rated it it was amazing. Refresh and try again. Mehrunnisa first encounters young Prince Salim on his wedding day. For instance, twebtieth makes Salim’s second wife, Jagat Gosini, an imperious snob and the daughter of a fat ruler, no less.

At the age of eight she sees Prince Salim and decides she will one day marry him. The mother of the family was about to give birth.

Tell me the story, cut out the unnecessary minutes of what went on in court each day, and cut to the chase. The baby came back to the father due to the generosity of a leader of a fhe, bound for India.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is the beginning of the story of a Persian family who was immigrating to an unknown country due to the loss of position due to a ruler change in Persia. But for me, the literary manipulations are too obvious sundaaresan times.

Mehrunnissa is to be given in marriage to Ali Quli, a loutish Persian soldier.


The Twentieth Wife

NabilaSyifaS The story of Anarkali was originally written by Indian writer Abdul Halim Shahar, and on the first page wice 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.

The first thing that I thought once I put this book down was that it would be great to recommend to people who read “Memoirs of A Geisha” I work in a bookstore. It has all the same basic elements: In all fairness, my view seems to be in the minority since the book’s rating is above four.

I can tell the book has been loved by the many stamps on the due list and stains.

Lovers of twentietn genre will appreciate it. The writing is smart, fun and captivating. That too sometimes seems boring. It isn’t until Mehrunnisa has weathered a disastrous, loveless marriage to the brutal soldier Ali Quli, several miscarriages and the jealous plotting of Jahangir’s chief wife, Jagat Gosini, that she gets the chance to defy the male-dominated Mughal culture and become a savvy, powerful empress.

Taj Mahal Trilogy 3 books. Shadow Princess The Feast of Roses. But Mehrunnissa is beautiful and destined for great things. The infatuation portrayed wive a 9-year old girl for year old Prince Salim is somewhat uncanny.

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Jahangir finds a trusted confidant and partner in Mehrunissa. When I started this book I had no idea about Mughal empire other than few details I read in history classes and what I inferred from movie Jodha Akbar. She immediately thinks he is beautiful and later develops feelings for him, and through the years she dreams of becoming one of his wives. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

He’s kind of a jackass to be honest: Sundaresan charts the chronology of the Mughal Empire, describing life in the royal court in convincing detail and employing authentic period terms throughout. However, I’m half-way through the book and it seems to me that the author has marginalized her just as much as the culture she lives in does.


The marriage continues for a number of years sndaresan Mehrunnisa longing for home and for Jahangir. This is the first audiobook that has been very difficult for me to follow. Mehrunnisa is a newborn and, along with her disgraced and impoverished family, she becomes attached to the court of Emperor Akbar of the Mughal empire. Mehrunnisa falls in love with Akbar’s heir apparent, Salim who later becomes Emperor Jahangirin her childhood; although Jahangir comes to share her passion, fate and the tye of his royal station keep them apart for much of the novel.

Don’t make me wade through red twenttieth to get to a beautiful story and quit marginalizing your own heroine! The other female characters are also unique and strong minded like Ruqqayya Sulthan Akbar’s wife and Jagat Ghosni Jahangirs other wife Her youthful desire to become a sunvaresan wife seems arrogant and obsessive, just the kind of thing a spoiled rich kid would want.

When Mehrunissa and Prince Salim finally set eyes upon one other it was obsession at first sight. So I knew absolutely nothing about Mehrunnisa before reading this book. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

The latter had control over protecting Mughal ships until then. After all, it cannot be easy to attract the Emperor so much for so long when he has women at his disposal. Gee, I really want to be emperor, thinks Salim.

The great love at twentiet heart of the story, which became the stuff of legends, unfortunately gets lost in wiffe heat of battle and history. Select the newsletter s of your choice below, and never miss out on all you need to know again.