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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Ruqayya promotes Mehrunnisa to offset Jagat Gosini. From reading this book and by the curiosity that it has born within me snudaresan did cause me to do a little searching.


Born into an aristocratic Persian family who had immigrated to India, her birth name was Mehrunnisa. To ask other readers questions about The Twentieth Wifeplease sign up.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Sundqresan Connect email alert. Mehunrissa, the girl that will eventually become the twentieth wife of Jahangir, the fourth Mughal Emperor, is infatuated from the age of eight with Prince Salim, as he is also called.

She came into the world in the yearto the howling accompaniment o An enchanting seventeenth-century epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one aundaresan India’s most legendary and controversial empresses — a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles, and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal empire. The marriages were mostly the political alliances rather than of affection and respect.


Mehrunnisa saw Jahangir at his first wedding and at the tender age of wifr, was determined that she will one wide become his wife. Soon — of course! Aug 29, Kiki added it Shelves: Review of “Debt of Honor”. The same copy from has now passed many hands.

Skillfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensuous imaginings of a timeless fairy tale, The Twentieth Wife sweeps readers up in the emotional pageant of Salim and Mehrunnisa’s embattled love.

To view it, click here. Sundaresan charts the chronology of the Mughal Empire, describing life in the royal court in convincing detail and employing authentic period terms throughout. It centers on the rise to prominence of Mehrunnisa, the beautiful, intellectually astute daughter of a Persian courtier to the Mughal emperor, Akbar.

But the love story of Jahangir and Nur Jahan Mehrunissa is true. This story is about the twentieth and the most beloved wife of Jahangir.

Sixteenth century women reading, writing, and talking back to their husbands? I recommend it for the ones who adore Mughal Era if you have already read so much about them your mind will conflict at many points just as mine did.

The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

I wish I belonged to that time. I enjoyed this book for it’s fairy-tale-like love story and the history behind it. I finished reading this book quite some time ago back in and it left quite a deep impact on me and the way I see things. Suddenly he ached to touch her everywhere, to feel her skin against his, to hear her voice and her laughter. Maybe I will read it non fiction on her next Mehrunnisa and Jahangir have one private meeting in the palace garden and share a kiss and although it breaks her heart Mehrunnisa tells Jahangir that she must keep her word to her father and marry Ali Quli.


Twsntieth able to conceive a child, she is often beaten by Ali for not producing an heir. But Mehrunissa was promised to another and their journey to love and her role as The Twentieth Wife would be tested in the fires of time.

The second reading was just as good as the first. I have to backtrack repeatedly because the narrator of the audiobook does not pronounce these names clearly. They all were engaged in harem politics to hold their positions.

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. The writing is smart, fun and captivating.

Taj Mahal Trilogy 3 books. In the zenana the royal court’s women’s quartersscheming to be top dog is par for the course. I enjoyed reading this book though some romantic scene felt too filmy.

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

Discover what to read next. Jul 17, Yosita Oramahi rated it it was amazing. The narration was good and so were the characters. Mar 20, Jackie rated it it was amazing Shelves: She grew up in Emperor Akbar’s palace grounds because of her father’s position in the royal court.