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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The whole book seemed to me as an excellent chess game. The book will find its true audience. 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 lndu advisor.

Finally she meets Salim face to face and it’s love at first sight. He offered to present the fat This is the beginning of the story of a Persian family who was immigrating to an unknown country due to the loss of position due to a ruler change in Persia. Other books in the series. To view it, click here.

Perhaps I’m being impatient, it has happened before; but I’ve usually enjoyed the journey toward the climax and in this case it has become tiring. Open Preview See a Problem? Thus far, the author has spent way too much time telling me about the prince sundsresan Mehrunnisa is over the moon for and not giving me a reason to care.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Her fixation on wanting to marry this man and her desire to become Empress is shallow and revolting.

This book is based in historical fact although some of the story is the author’s fictional account of the characters and their lives.

The writing was fairly mediocre. The intrigue between the two scheming women is a literary device romance writers often use.

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

Mehrunnisa is a newborn and, along with her disgraced and impoverished family, she becomes attached to the court of Emperor Akbar of the Mughal empire. Click on a plot link to find similar books! Check sundarssan the options available through Archway Publishing. Oh and who can beat a harem full of beautiful, strong women?

The Twentieth Wife: A Novel — book review

fhe 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 review of this Book prepared by a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar. Mehrunissa what a lovely name She has twentketh sense of entitlement that is off-putting and which makes it hard for readers to identify with her. Her power and influence were unprecedented in the Moghul empire, where women remained veiled behind the harem walls. Jahangir gets alarmed and ends up blinding Khusrau.

They were indeed gorgeous and still the every edifice standing until date from Mughal Era bewitches the viewer with its own charms. She was the mother of Jahangir. View all 9 comments. She is gifted with a cunning and slyness that she uses to make herself visible to Jahangir at opportune times. Skillfully blending the textures of historical wifd 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.


After Pachinko, my search for another interesting and immersive sundarezan fiction read brought me here. The sundaresab had no money for milk or food for his family.

She is even kind although this seems more like another literary device designed to gain sympathy. This is what I like about historical fiction, the power they possess to take us with them. I enjoyed this book for it’s fairy-tale-like love story and the history behind it.

So begins a love story that will take the two through political intrigue, assassination plots, wars, power struggles within the harem, and Salim’s ascent to the throne. In one instance, Jahangir presents Mehrunnisa with a book by Firdausi from the Imperial Library, which she had never been allowed to enter.

Mehrunnisa is admired because she is ambitious without being bitchy. It took over a week for me to figure out why I was having such a b time with The Twentieth Wifea story of a pair of star-crossed lovers in imperial Mughal India in the 16th century.

She is called Mehrunnisa, the Sun of Women. Free eBook available to NEW subscribers only. This book stops with romanticising Jahangir-Mehrunissa relationship.