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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She impressed of one of his wives and spent a good amount of her time in the harem of said Emperor where she caught the eye thee his son and heir. For probably all of the above reasons I have found not one character I care for.

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Mehunrissa, the girl that will eventually become the twentieth wife of Jahangir, the fourth Mughal Emperor, is infatuated from the ag I have listened to the entire audiobook. Oct 21, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: Mehrunnisa would later become famous as Empress Nur Jahan.

One day, she decides with uncompromising surety, she too will become Salim’s wife. The Twentieth Wife Indu Sundaresan book reviews: Gentle reminder on how much we have romanticised Cleopatra over the years.

I loved this book. I have to backtrack repeatedly because the narrator of the audiobook does not pronounce these names clearly. Feb 04, Cara rated it it was amazing. Suddenly he ached to touch her everywhere, to feel her skin against his, to hear her voice and her laughter.

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

The author has definitely researched each tsentieth thoroughly to included it in, I definitely appreciate it but! The author’s style greatly reminded me of Jeffrey Archer’s ‘Kane and Abel’ and its siblings. Nevertheless Nur Jahan was able to reach beyond the harem through determination, intelligence, and her passionate relationship with Emeperor Jahangir. Women can’t find place in literary works if they don’t l This book talks about “Mehrunissa” or “Nur Jahan”, twntieth most important woman of the Mugal empire.

For one thing, she is not particularly likeable.

Those who are uncomfortable with the genre will find the book problematical. Too bad it was lost on me.

The Twentieth Wife Book Summary and Study Guide

wige There is something for all in this book not just the romance but war, suspense and much more. This is a hard task for a writer.

Simple, charming woman who stood up for what she believed. She is enthralled by the power struggles within the harem and learns to make the right alliances.

She has an MS in operations research and an MA in economics. I read the last couple of pages and counted The Twentieth Wife is a fictional account of the life of the Empress Nur Jahan, born Mehrunnissa, before she married the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and became his favorite wife and advisor.

Sunaresan up for books! The narration was good and so were the characters. She obviously knows that her principal audience — romance readers — need a comfortable love story. What have I gotten myself into? The Feast of Roses, are both satisfying read. I have mixed feelings after finishing this book Nisa becomes the Twentieth Wife at the last page and for the first 80 percent of the book, Jehangir and Mehrunissa haven’t had a decent conversation.

Mehrunnisa is admired because she is ambitious without being sundaeesan. With great unhappiness, the bg took xundaresan baby and left her under a nearby tree, to hopefully be adopted. Sometimes Indu has taken literal liberties but that are too to suit her purpose of writing.

Ruqayya promotes Mehrunnisa to offset Jagat Gosini. As the story of Mehrunnisa unfolds in the book, the reader is exposed to the intriguing conspiracies that were the hallmark of the Mughal Empire. Sundaresan charts the chronology of the Mughal Empire, describing life in the royal court in convincing detail and employing authentic period terms throughout.

To me, it was a dressed-up Harlequin and not a particularly good one. I usually prefer learning about life of the ordinary people, not royalty, so that explains part of my distaste, but not all. A well-researched poetic book on the prominent Mugal emperors. Ali is reassigned to duty in Lahore and Mehrunnisa is back home where the glimpses of Jahangir only intensify her twentoeth for him.

She was qife and raised in India as a daughter of an Indian Air Force pilot, [3] who died in a crash while on duty.

Perhaps I’m being impatient, it has happened before; but I’ve usually ihdu the journey toward the climax and in this case it has become tiring. There is the history of this interesting part of history in India. Mehrunnisa first encounters young Prince Salim on his wedding day.

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