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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I can tell the book has been loved by the many stamps on the due list and stains. Arthur The Confusion by Neal Stephenson. History does not know for sure when Mehrunnisa conceived her love for the prince. But Indu has taken the boring and tough job and made her way to that bygone era. Soon — of course! And sure enough, Prince Salim spots her a few years later and wants her too! Want to read up on all of them but first Nur Jahan However, that had 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.

To know the historical characters we do have to rely upon the history books or documents preserved in the libraries. The marriage is one that takes her to Bengal where her husband is serving in the Imperial army.

Mehrunnisa is too perfect, lucky and blessed to identify with. She is wily in recommending to Jahangir how to play the English traders sundarwsan the Portuguese Jesuits. There is something for all in this book not just the romance but war, suspense and much more.


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

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Although the romance of Mehrunissa and Emperor Jahangir is always an integral part to this story there is so much, much more to keep one pinned to the tdentieth of this book. 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.

Something remains to be desired from the character building, especially that of Jahangir but the plot kept me hooked through this excruciatingly long journey of courtship. When Sundaresan ibdu us the literary feminist bone — Mehrunnissa didn’t want to be sundareswn all the other powerless women of her time and that is why she wanted to be the relatively free favored wife — the reader doesn’t quite believe it.

Jul 17, Yosita Oramahi rated it it was amazing.

Detailed Review Summary of The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

Jan 12, Melani rated it it was ok Shelves: I enjoyed this book for it’s fairy-tale-like love story and the history behind it. Indy knows that women in power are the ones who have favored status in the Emperor’s zenana for they have the most freedom, and examples are given in the book of how the women in the harem often influenced the Emperor’s decisions, from marriage arrangements to punishment of would-be assassins.

The Mountain of Light. Her first novel The Twentieth Wife is about how a young widow named Mehrunissadaughter of Persian refugees and wife of an Afghan commander, becomes Empress of the Mughal Empire under the name of Nur Jahan. One woman personified this and mesmerized Prince Salim crowned Emperor Jahangir as the flawless beauty Mehrunissa. The narration was good and so were the characters.

The story telling fascinated me.

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In the zenana the royal court’s women’s quartersscheming twebtieth be top dog is par for the course. Women can’t find place in literary works if they don’t l This book talks about “Mehrunissa” or “Nur Jahan”, the most important woman of the Mugal empire.

Despite its descriptive strengths, however, the work doesn’t quite convince as creative fiction.

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For instance, she makes Salim’s second wife, Jagat Thhe, an imperious snob and the daughter of a fat ruler, no less. Such rich colorful descriptions are given of the clothing, jewelry, the land, the atmosphere. The consequences were surprising though — Father and sons turning against each other to acquire the fhe disgusted me. Mehrunnisa first encounters young Prince Salim on his wedding day. Select the newsletter s of your choice below, and never miss out on all you need to know again.

She fails and realizes that maybe this time Jahangir is marrying for love.

She obviously knows that her principal audience — romance readers — need a comfortable love story. She tje a schemer, scheming for someone she doesn’t know and something she considers her divine right.

She grew up in Emperor Akbar’s palace grounds because of her father’s position in the royal court. 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.