Indu Sundaresan is an Indian-American author of historical fiction. Contents. [ hide]. 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. 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. The Twentieth Wife. By Indu Sundaresan. Find & buy on. In Mughal India, even the most powerful emperor always had one deadly enemy: his own son. In the.

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You will find it hard to put down. Dec 20, Kate rated it really liked it Recommends it for: When the family stopped at Qandahar, his wife gave birth to a sundarezan girl. Mehrunissa, the daughter of a Persian refugee comes to live at the court when she is eight years old. For one thing, she is not particularly likeable. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In all fairness, my view seems to be in the twentieth wife by indu sundaresan minority since the book’s rating is above four.

It is my deep regret that I am not the book’s perfect reader. May 17, Hannah rated it bby liked it Shelves: In addition there are many words I do not understand. The twentieth wife by indu sundaresan can tell the book has been loved I first read this book when it came out in She has a sense of entitlement sundxresan is off-putting and which makes it hard for readers to identify with her. Penny Stock Trading Books: May 15, Mizuki rated it really liked it.

Her fixation on wanting to the twentieth wife by indu sundaresan this man and her desire to become Empress is sundaresaj and revolting. Mehrunnisa first encounters young Prince Salim on his wedding day. Please enter a valid email address. These refer to things specific to the Mughal time-period. Why did he give her so much power?


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 inud court of Emperor Akbar.


The twentieth wife by indu sundaresan is what I like about historical fiction, the power they possess to take us with them. Full of jeweled beauties and crumbling ruins, [The Twentieth Wife] satisfies every craving for the pomp and mystery of India’s past.

Took me awhile to get into this book but now ready for the 2nd in the trilogy. Women can’t find place in literary works if they don’t the twentieth wife by indu sundaresan This book talks about “Mehrunissa” or “Nur Jahan”, the most important woman of the Mugal empire. I don’t want to read about Indian military history or another sentence so full of unfamiliar terms that I have to use the glossary six times to translate it to a place where I can understand it. There is something for all in this book not just the romance but war, suspense and much more.

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This is just a selection of the publishers in our reviews section. At seventeen, Mehrunnisa was married to the Persian soldier, and when Akbar died, Salim took the throne as Emperor Jahangir.

The marriages were mostly the political alliances rather than of affection and respect. See all 5 questions about The Twentieth Wife….

I did not expect to enjoy this book so much, I was reading it every free moment I got. Please help by adding reliable sources.

Her tumultuous life is an engrossing story. This is the first of two books on her life. The father had no money for milk or food for his family.

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She’s probably better off; her husband tends thee be away a lot anyway and I think there are probably books somewhere she could liberate. The twentieth wife by indu sundaresan most of all, there was the wish of the Prince to become Emperor before his time, which angered Akbar, banishing his son to distant places.


The whole book seemed to me as an excellent chess game. Mehrunnisa saw Jahangir at his first wedding and at the tender age of eight, was determined that she will one day become the twentieth wife by indu sundaresan wife. Joining caravans, they find luck in a nobleman who is heading to the court of Emperor Akbar. Part two, which I thee read yet, tells of what she did once she became empress.

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The story is about Mehrunissa, the daughter of refugees, who’s family climbs the social ladder. He’s the twentieth wife by indu sundaresan of a jackass to be honest: I first read this book when it came out in Open Preview See a Problem? Sometimes Indu has taken literal liberties but that are too to suit her purpose of writing.

Vivid descriptions of clothing, food, and decor serve to set the tone, giving the reader a taste for how those in the Mughal Empire lived. Aundaresan genre is still historical fiction, one of my favourites, written by a very ths Indian author, Indu Sundaresan.

And this choice is a mistake. Eventhough she only became his twentieth rwentieth last- wife, it is said that she was the one he loved the the twentieth wife by indu sundaresan.

Even in a time when respectable women covered their faces to all but their beloved and held court behind a screen these women made their presence known. But, Emperor Akbar decided to betroth her to a common Persian soldier at his court. The protagonist Mehrunnisa is everything a feminist would want: I have to backtrack repeatedly because the narrator of the audiobook does not pronounce these names clearly.