Overall: 3. Remember the sets of Jodha Akbar? They were indeed gorgeous and still the every edifice standing until date from Mughal Era bewitches the viewer with its own charms. A story built on generations of Empire and been done total justification — this certainly is rare piece of historical fiction from feminist view. The irony of politics of Mughal Era? The author has definitely researched each event thoroughly to included it in, I definitely appreciate it but!
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Paper and font: Ebony and Ivory! Readability, language: An easy read that transports you back in time to the days of the Mughals. Why did I choose this book: Indian History has always enthralled me and fiction based on fact so much better than our school text books. I first learned of Nur Jahan in school when we studied Mughal history. I remember there was a photo of her in the text books too.
There seem to be a lot covers circulating and all seem nice but the one I got , has a photo of Mughal architecture that I quite liked. The blurb is well written, explaining the importance of Nur Jahan, a bit about her background and what to expect.
A time when Merunissa along with her family arrive as refugees from Persia. There on Indu takes us on a journey with the imperial court though India as it was then, from Lahore to Bengal. I could almost see all those places in my minds eye. Somehow through the book I remembered them; some fondly and some with anger. Indu has drawn out and described each character richly; it almost feels as if you know them.
I love stories of pre-independence India where Kings ruled and life was filled with intrigue. It promises and delivers evenings filled with imperial grandeur and intrigue.
Book Review: The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan
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BOOK REVIEW: THE TWENTIETH WIFE