Her first novel The Twentieth Wife is about how a young widow named Mehrunissa , daughter of Persian refugees and wife of an Afghan commander, becomes Empress of the Mughal Empire under the name of Nur Jahan. The protagonist Mehrunnisa is everything a feminist would want: The genre has its limitations and its requirements.
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This will be one of the tne where I didn't care much about the sto This is what I like about historical fiction, the power they possess to take us with them. Eventhough she only became his twentieth -and last- wife, it is said that she was the one he loved the most. But, as plot devices require, Salim meets and falls in love with her too late.
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This was the only marriage in Jahangir's life where no political motives were involved. The Wige Wife Indu Sundaresan book reviews: 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.
As the story of Mehrunnisa unfolds in the book, the reader is exposed to the intriguing conspiracies that were the hallmark of the Mughal Empire. Maybe I will read it non fiction on her next New on FinPipe Be the first to know when something new is added. Sometimes Indu has taken literal liberties but that are too to suit her purpose of writing.
Remember the sets of Jodha Akbar? I loved the way the story ended by denoting the power of women ascending in the Empire especially in that time where women were restricted under veil and the great style in which women gained power undu afterwards.
But the love story of Jahangir and Nur Jahan Mehrunissa is true. The author's style greatly reminded me of Jeffrey Archer's 'Kane and Abel' and its siblings. As such, the writer who wishes to create a novel about this formidable woman has a daunting task: How will they ever find husbands if they are too learned?
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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The marriage is one that takes her to Bengal where her husband is serving usndaresan the Imperial army. Not able to conceive a child, she is often beaten by Ali for not producing an heir. Drawing on historical records, newcomer Sundaresan, an Indian-born writer living in the US, gives her own interpretation of sndaresan fabled woman who, once she married the Emperor Jahangir, becoming his 20th and last wife, ruled the empire in his name for 15 years.
Jul 18, Avanthika rated it liked it.
Ruqayya promotes Mehrunnisa to offset Jagat Gosini. What indy I gotten myself into? Now it will be a girl child, because you are one.
Like all fairy-tale heroines, Mehrunnissa is a woman of great beauty, charm, and seemingly magical destiny. 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.
The Twentieth Wife
Suddenly he ached to touch her everywhere, to feel her skin against his, to hear her voice and her laughter. Jahangir even declares himself the emperor from another city.
Jul 17, Yosita Oramahi rated it it was amazing. Indu Sundaresan was born in India and grew up on Air Force bases all over the country.
THE TWENTIETH WIFE by Indu Sundaresan | Kirkus Reviews
Often the narrator uses exactly the same tone for men and women. May 04, Debbie rated it it was amazing.
At age 8, she finds herself mesmerized by Salim, the future heir to the throne. The descriptions are detailed but sometime this detailing brings monotony in reading.
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. View all 6 comments.