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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Please help by adding reliable sources. Jul 17, Yosita Oramahi rated it it was amazing. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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 blending of Muslim and Hindu culture is nicely portrayed. The Feast of Roses, are both satisfying read. Part two, which I didn’t read yet, tells of what she did once she became empress. Like most historical fiction, Sundaresan’s novel sundaeesan its fair share of liberties with plot and characterization, but still endeavors to be factually accurate as much as possible.


We can do that too. This story is about the twentieth and the most beloved wife of Jahangir. Interestingly, this book came to thee notice solely because of ‘Siyaasat’ a television series on ‘Epic Channel’ based on the book. Those readers who like the genre will like The Twentieth Wife.

The Twentieth Wife

This story made me literally go back in time, walk along the streets of Agra, wander through the zenana, observe the royal court proceedings. Ruqayya promotes Mehrunnisa to offset Jagat Gosini. Throughout the read, there were so many places I stopped for thinking how much of it was real and how much fiction.

This is Indu Sundaresan’s first novel, and I have to say, damn good for a first! Aug 23, Ariela rated it it was amazing. Like all fairy-tale heroines, Mehrunnissa is a woman of great beauty, charm, and seemingly magical destiny.

In fairytales, the average usndaresan wants to root for an underdog, not a pampered rich girl who believes she should have a prince. But after all is said and done, he does become emperor and — get this — proves to be a strong, twentieeth ruler.

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. This is a book that truly takes you away. The marriage continues for a number of years with Mehrunnisa longing for home and for Jahangir.


This is her story. My friends think I should poison him — should I listen to them? No trivia or quizzes yet. Muslims drinking alcohol regularly, with no one batting tentieth eyelash?


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. Books by Indu Sundaresan.

With no way to twfntieth the newborn, Ghias reluctantly places her on the roadside hoping someone will take her in. But it is in no way like that! To know the historical characters we do have to rely upon the eundaresan books or documents preserved in the libraries.

Prince Salim may be Indian, but his romantic type is all-American: The author must choose those elements that best suit the purpose, mold, and fit of a particular genre. 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.