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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The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan
Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. An enchanting seventeenth-century epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of 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.
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 of 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. She came into the world in the yearto the howling accompaniment of a ferocious winter storm. As the daughter of starving refugees fleeing violent persecution in Persia, her fateful birth in a roadside tent sparked a miraculous reversal of family fortune, culminating in her father’s introduction to the court of Emperor Akbar.
She is called Mehrunnisa, the Sun of Women. This is her story. Growing up on the fringes of Emperor Akbar’s opulent palace grounds, Mehrunnisa blossoms into a sapphire-eyed child blessed with a precocious intelligence, luminous beauty, and a powerful ambition far surpassing the bounds of her family’s station. Mehrunnisa first encounters young Prince Salim on his wedding day.
In that instant, even as a royal gala swirls around her in celebration of the future emperor’s first marriage, Mehrunnisa foresees the path of her own destiny. One day, she decides with uncompromising surety, she too will become Salim’s wife. She is all of eight years old — and wholly unaware of the great price she and her family will pay for this dream.
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.
First-time novelist Indu Sundaresan charts her heroine’s enthralling journey across the years, from an ill-fated first marriage through motherhood and into a dangerous maze of power struggles and political machinations. Through it all, Mehrunnisa and Salim long with fiery intensity for the true, redemptive love they’ve never known — and their mutual quest ultimately takes them, and the vast empire that hangs in the balance, to places they never dreamed possible. Shot through with wonder and suspense, The Twentieth Wife is at once a fascinating portrait of one woman’s convention-defying life behind the veil and a transporting saga of the astonishing potency of love.
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To ask other readers questions about The Twentieth Wifeplease sign up. Is this novel related to twentith legend? NabilaSyifaS The story of Anarkali was originally written by Indian writer Abdul Halim Shahar, and on the first page of the book he had clearly mentioned it to be …more The story of Anarkali was originally written undu Indian writer Abdul Halim Shahar, and on the first page of the book he had clearly mentioned it to be a work of sunndaresan.
But the love story of Jahangir and Nur Jahan Mehrunissa is true. Wikipedia and some Indian History Books less. I am confused at times It was normal for an Emperor or Sultan to take on another name upon coronation. See all 5 questions about Twsntieth Twentieth Wife…. Lists with This Book. Apr 16, Ronak Gajjar rated it liked it Shelves: Of course, reading this felt quite homely because of the chosen premises of the historical background.
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 Of course, reading this felt quite homely because of the chosen premises of the historical background.
They were indeed gorgeous and still the every edifice standing until date from Mughal Era bewitches the viewer with its own charms. A story sundaesan 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! It is more like factual wufe twisted in apprehensive kind of way to keep the story flowing.
The infatuation portrayed of a 9-year old girl for year old Prince Salim is somewhat uncanny.
twentidth The royal families and polygamy always did go together. The marriages were mostly the political alliances rather than of affection and respect. The life journey or rather I would say the way she plotted her way back to Prince Salim more popularly known as Jahangir was definitely fascinating. The romance between them was so lovey-dovey that at times it seemed impossible to believe it the way it is portrayed.
The hurdles she cleared even being veiled were definitely approving for a raging feminist, if seen from different perception I think she did set an example that Woman can change the whole empire if she wants, she can certainly play badass or be a manipulative bitch to achieve something important to her.
The consequences were surprising though — Father and sons turning against each other to acquire the throne disgusted me. The disagreement of theirs at times got on my nerves. Narrations did drag at times because almost the whole book is someone plotting against someone to attain power, wealth and glory! The inside harem politics was even more poisonous because it was driven by jealousy of women.
The blending of Muslim and Hindu culture is nicely portrayed. She was the mother of Jahangir. The whole book seemed to me as an excellent chess game. And it was only Mehrunnisa later on entitled as Nur Jahan Begum who got to win the game who was the ultimate power behind the throne. 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.
View all 82 comments. Jul 17, Yosita Oramahi rated it it was amazing. 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.
The genre is still historical fiction, one of my favourites, written by a very talented Indian author, Indu Sundaresan. Like most Indian author 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. The Twentieth Wife is a book about fighting for what you believe in.
About knowing what you want and making sure you have enough faith and courage to achieve your goal. Mehrunnisa saw Jahangir at his first wedding and at the tender age of eight, was determined that she will one day become his wife.
Eventhough she only became his twentieth -and last- wife, it is said that she was the one he loved the most. View all 7 comments. This is Indu Sundaresan’s first novel, and I have to say, damn good for a first! The story is based on real people and events, and is enhanced by Sundaresan’s romantic imagination.
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The descriptions bring you sundaresam India in The writing is smart, fun and captivating. The story is about Mehrunissa, the daughter of refugees, who’s family climbs the social ladder. At age 8, she finds herself mesmerized by Salim, the future heir to the throne.
She immediately thinks he is beautiful and later develop This is Indu Sundaresan’s first novel, and I have to say, damn good for a first! She immediately thinks he is beautiful and later develops feelings for him, and through the years she dreams of becoming one of his wives. She is enthralled by the power struggles within the harem and learns to make the right alliances. Even if the alliance parties have their own agendas for befriending her.
Salim’s feelings for her are also very interesting.
While reading other scenes I was looking forward to their next meeting. Mehrunissa was a real pip. Definitely a woman ahead of her time. She transcends from a child in a poor family, who cannot afford to feed her, to one of the most powerful women I am amazed at the kind of research that must have been put in to write this kind of work.
I enjoyed reading this book though some romantic scene felt too filmy. The sunaresan introduces us to the 16th century Mughals in India and how the women were treated.
They all were engaged in harem politics to hold their positions. Nisa fascinated me and I thought her a strong woman for the times. After all, it cannot be easy to attract the Emperor so wlfe for so long when he has women at his disposal.
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. In fact, they ‘meet’ only 3 or 4 times before Mehrunissa gets married to someone else and moves away for more than 15 years, i.
Indu has chosen such a topic for her novel that is not very common in the history of fiction. To know the historical characters we do have to rely upon the history books or documents preserved in the libraries.
That too sometimes seems boring. But Indu has taken the boring and tough job and made her way to that bygone era. The novel is a work of fiction but very much ground to historical realities.
Sometimes Sundaresn has taken literal liberties but that are too to suit her purpose of writing. The novel undoubtedly is a masterpiece having a few technical and historical faults in it. Though it is a work of fiction but it has a strong base to the historical realities.