Overall: 3. 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. A story built on generations of Empire and been done total justification — this certainly is rare piece of historical fiction from feminist view.
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Overall: 3. 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.
A story built 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 data 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. 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.
After my birth they gave me the name of Sultan Salim, but I never heard my father Rogers, trans. Beveridge, ed. Normally, the streets would be deserted at this time of day, but today the Moti bazaar was packed with a slowly moving throng of humanity. The crowds deftly maneuvered around a placid cow lounging in the center of the narrow street, her jaw moving rhythmically as she digested her morning meal of grass and hay. Shopkeepers called out to passing shoppers while sitting comfortably at the edge of jammed, cubical shops that lay flush with the brick-paved street.
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