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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You will find it hard to put down. Please help by adding reliable sources. Those rulers known to Westerners are known primarily because of passionate romances or some connection to Western history or Western religion.

So I knew absolutely nothing about Mehrunnisa before reading this book. My friends think I should poison him — should I listen to them? Mar 20, Jackie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The politics and social hierarchy are also well-depicted.

She really bothers me. Want to Read saving…. This book is 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. Add to that her beauty and her sophistication.

Indu Sundaresan

Indu Sundaresan is an Indian-American author of historical fiction. When Mehrunnisa becomes the 20th and last wife of Jahangir, she is 34, hardly young for sundaaresan year When she’s eight, she accompanies her mother, Asmat, to the imperial palace to witness the marriage of Prince Salim. Feast of Rose 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. I am confused at times The legends and histories vary.


Arthur The Confusion by Neal Stephenson. The narration was good and so were the characters. However, that hhe not stopped Akbar from cultivating the acquaintance of the most learned and cultured poets, authors, musicians, and architects of the time – relying solely on his remarkable memory during conversations with them.

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This is Indu Sundaresan’s first novel, and I have to say, damn good for a first! To me, it was a dressed-up Harlequin and not a particularly good one. At the same time, characterization of Jahangir is bit down with his drinking, opium habits and other such things.

I bought the damn audiobook so I will continue.

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Taj Mahal Trilogy 1. In fact, other than his good looks, Mehrunnisa claims to be attracted to his strength and leadership.

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This will be one of the books where I didn’t care much about the story and turned pages for the setting. Then a prince, Jahangir was likewise enamored with her, but at seventeen she was married off to a soldier named Ali Quli as a sign of favor from the Emperor.


The baby came back to the father due to the generosity of a leader of a caravan, bound for India.

Aug 23, Ariela rated it it was amazing. She was the daughter of refugees fleeing Persia for India. The author must choose those elements that best suit the purpose, mold, and fit of a particular genre. The father had no money for milk or food for his family.

The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

Mehrunnisa is admired because she is ambitious without being bitchy. This story made me literally go back in time, walk along the twentidth of Agra, wander through the zenana, observe the royal court proceedings.

Seriously speaking, I can understand somehow Prince Salim later Emperor Jahangir developed a strong crush on the young and charming Mehru I don’t like the romance between Mehrunnisa a. 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. Mehrunnissa has it too good even from the start. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful.