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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In this case, women. 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 dictates of his royal station keep them apart for much of the novel. What can I tell you? Be the first to discover new talent! With no way to feed the newborn, Ghias reluctantly places her on the roadside hoping someone will take her in.

The book will find its true audience. Not a favorite genre for me. To know Mughal history in a regular way there are many ways for it. ttwentieth

Indu Sundaresan

Those readers who like the genre will like The Twentieth Wife. This book wie lush in its description of mughal landscapes; from the colourful court life, to the intrigue ridden harems, the attires and festivities, the wars and betrayals, everything is painted in deft strokes and brought to life quite beautifully by Indu Sundaresan. Salim and Mehrunnisa fall in love over the years, but are unable to marry because of Mehrunnisa’s bethrothal to a soldier.

The protagonist Mehrunnisa is everything a feminist would want: Mehrunissa is favorite daughter of Ghias Beg, a refugee from Persia turned respected royal treasurer under Emperor Akbar. Shot through with wonder and suspense, The Twentieth Wife is at once a fascinating portrait of one woman’s convention-defying life behind the veil and a transporting saga of the astonishing potency of love.

The pace thr good and even, the events are believable and also informative, the flow is smooth and for lovers of history this book is a joy. 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.


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

Sundaresan is aware of her task. The same copy from has now passed many hands. Trivia About The Twentieth Wif Sundaresan charts the chronology of the Mughal Empire, describing life in the royal court in convincing detail and employing authentic period terms throughout. Here she is very much alone and at the mercy of an abusive husband.

Aug 29, Kiki added it Shelves: At the age of eight she sees Prince Salim and decides she will one day marry him. Muslims drinking alcohol regularly, with no one batting an eyelash? 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.

The author introduces us to the 16th century Mughals in India and how the women were treated. She immediately thinks he is beautiful and later develop This is Indu Sundaresan’s first novel, and I have to say, damn good for a first!

A well researched work which talks not only about the great Empress but also of the landscapes, politics and culture. She obviously knows that her principal audience — romance readers — need a comfortable love story. My Chinese review for the first two books: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

When Mehrunissa and Prince Salim finally set eyes upon one other it was obsession at first sight. The mother of the family was about to give birth.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I zundaresan so much more about this period then I knew previously. No trivia or quizzes yet. Aug 23, Ariela rated it it was amazing. Mehrunissa was a real pip. Refresh and try again. This first, is a fun historical fiction novel about how she married Emperor Jahangir and became an Empress and why she knew how to read, do math and other things only highly educated men were allowed to learn at that time. The genre is still historical fiction, one of my twentiegh, written by a very talented Indian author, Indu Sundaresan.


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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. Maybe I will read it non fiction on her next I have listened to the entire audiobook. 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 Sundarsan. She is even kind although this seems more like another literary device designed to gain sympathy.

Through the descriptions sujdaresan sights, sounds, smells and tastes, the reader is plunged into a world that is miles and aeons away, and yet which seems familiar and real. The marriages were mostly the political alliances rather than of affection and respect. Indu Sundaresan chooses to use the genre of romantic historical fiction. Intertwined with this love story are the accounts of the politics of the Mughal Empire, not only in relation to who will succeed Emperor Akbar, but also politics within the women’s quarters.

So much plot is squeezed into the novel that there’s little time for character development—Mehrunnisa and Jahangir are wooden and one-dimensional creations, and matters aren’t helped by the often stilted prose “restlessness rose over her like wiife on a beach”. This means that readers have to make a mental shift to accept polygamy and Mehrunnissa’s scheming to usurp the top wife’s place as merely the trials of true love.

She was born and raised in India as a daughter of an Indian Air Force pilot, [3] who died in a crash while on duty. ywentieth