Indu Sundaresan [download Read] The Feast of Roses

Summary The Feast of Roses

Woman Jahangir marries for love at the old age of thirty four He loves her so deeply that he eventually transfers his powers of sovereignty to herPower and wealth do not come easily to Mehrunnisa she has to fight for them She has a formidable rival in the imperial harem Empress Jagat Gosini who has schemed and plotted against Mehrunnisa from early on Mehrunnisa's problems do not just lie within the harem walls but at court too as she battles powerful ministers for supremacy These ministers who have long had Emperor Jahangir's confidence and trust c. A book with a word rose in the title is so mushy romantic MB types something that I would never read But then I have found some great books and authors through recommendations from friends Now I can confidently say that this author is here to stay on my list to read The hard work and perseverance of author Indu Sundaresan shines through the book It s a very long story and based on historical records fables and some just word of mouth But building a story piece by piece reuires a lot of imagination Especially historical fiction has to be treated very carefully with a basic premise of being true in years and not in moments As in we all know about the war but not the minor battles Indu unveils Mehrunissa slowly and gracefully as a beautiful intelligent and a thinking woman An ordinary woman who achieves power fame wealth and success in a man dominated Muslim dynasty is uiet an aberration in itself It wasn t only her beauty but the brains which made Jahangir and the entire Mughal kingdom bow to her She was of a man than any other man in that Mughal era and actually running the show behind Jahangir To make her presence felt and be the Kohinoor of the crown amongst 800 wives of Jahangir is uite a feat She was a 30 year old widow with a child when she married Jahangir displacing all the royal blood ueens and mothers of future heirs to the crown I believe if she delivered a son to Jahangir Mehrunissa s power and control would have been longer She was the most powerful woman in India at that time she could move armies win wars give away land and favours to ministers or British anything she wanted The history text books in schools ignore her role in shaping history but there is no denying that her influence and control over Jahangir actually defines the path of Muslim dynasty in India The marriage of Shahjahan to Mumtaz Mehal Mehrunissa s niece marrying her own daughter to Shah Jahan s brother prompting him to kill his own brother for the throne liaison with British for protection to Indian ships all these things gave roots to Taj Mahal Aurangzeb coming to rule after killing his brothers and British firming their foot hold on India I keep wondering how beautiful she would have been for Jahangir to take a liking to her and then letting her get away with all his powers or was it that beauty just laid the foundation it was her intelligence and political mind which took her further Like they say there is a woman behind every man s success I can t judge whether Jahangir was success or failure but there was a woman behind him for sure and what a woman indeed

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The Feast of Roses

The love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa begun in the critically praised debut novel The Twentieth Wife continues in Indu Sundaresan's The Feast of Roses This lush new novel tells the story behind one of the great tributes to romantic love and one of the seven wonders of the world the Taj MahalMehrunnisa better known as Empress Nur Jahan comes into Jahangir's harem as his twentieth and last wife Almost from the beginning of her royal life she fits none of the established norms of womanhood in seventeenth century IndiaMehrunnisa is the first. If you read my review on preuel to this book The Twentieth Wife you ll know that I loved it This book continues with the life of Mehrunnisa eventual empress of the Mughal Dynasty and her rise from nothing to one of the most powerful rulers It s beautifully written and glorious in its details I would love to see a movie made from these books just for the amazing palaces and clothing described in the books

Indu Sundaresan ↠ 7 review

Onsider Mehrunnisa a mere woman who cannot have a voice in the outside worldMehrunnisa combats all of this by forming a junta of sorts with three men she can rely on her father her brother and Jahangir's son Prince Khurram She demonstrates great strength of character and cunning to get what she wants sometimes at a cost of personal sorrow when she almost loses her daughter's love But she never loses the love of the man who bestows this power upon her Emperor Jahangir The Feast of Roses is a tale of this power and love the story of power behind a vei. This is like the mascarpone cheesecake of books incredibly rich satisfying in even the smallest bite but absolutely addictive The sheer amount of historical and setting research made the historian in me happy in the heart so much detail I could ve taken a bath in it The author manages not to turn it into either a headlong rush from one significant event to the next or a patronizing anthropological study of an exotic time and placeThe main characters are all real people in Mughal India and she isn t just filling the lacunae in the historical record with vapid drama In this case there are so many records and legends to choose from that she was able to assemble a fairly plausible narrative though I m sure scholars of the period would find points to which they could take exception can t we always though And the female protagonist of the story the twentieth and most beloved wife of Emperor Jahangir is a fantastic example of a real powerful brilliant woman in power in the pre modern world I m not sure how the series will carry on with all the personnel changes that a historical drama necessarily includes but I m definitely going to keep reading


10 thoughts on “The Feast of Roses

  1. says:

    The Feast of Roses Taj Mahal Trilogy #2 Indu SundaresanThe love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa begun in the critically praised debut n

  2. says:

    This one eclipsed my senses of somewhat retribution I held for the first part Brilliant chronicle about the Reign of Mehrunnisa Nur Jahan Begum over the Zenana as Padshah Begum and on the emperor Jahangir himself And Jahangir exactly acting like – Love struck looney His actions according to my perceptions wer

  3. says:

    If you read my review on preuel to this book The Twentieth Wife you'll know that I loved it This book continues with the life of Mehrunnisa eventual empress of the Mughal Dynasty and her rise from nothing to one of the most powerful rulers It's beautifully written and glorious in its details I would love to see a movie made from these books just for the amazing palaces and clothing described in the books

  4. says:

    A book with a word ‘rose’ in the title is so mushy romantic MB types something that I would never read But then I have found some great books and authors through recommendations from friends Now I can confidently say th

  5. says:

    UGGG this was horrid Had to drag myself through it The 1st book in the series The 20th Wife was SO much better

  6. says:

    The Twentieth wife was better in my opinion but this novel again about Empress Nur Jahan aka Nisa was just as beau

  7. says:

    This is like the mascarpone cheesecake of books incredibly rich satisfying in even the smallest bite but absolutely addictive The sheer amount of historical and setting research made the historian in me happy in the heart s

  8. says:

    After 85 years I finished this book That was very very very messy but I love my idiotic Mughal children and I'm a sucker for drama so yeehaw RTC I am ready to see Mehrunissa Nur Jahan top Jagat Gosni once and for all Also I love that Khurram actually supports her

  9. says:

    I wondered if this would make it into the five star category by the end along side my treasured reads and the fact that ive just closed the last page and grieving a bit allready for Nur Jahan and my time spent engr

  10. says:

    The mask is off the charm is wrought And Selim to his heart has caughtHis Nourmahal his Haram’s LightAnd well do vanish’d frowns enhanceThe charm of every brighten’d glanceAnd dearer seems each dawning smileFor having lost its light awhileAnd happier now for all her sighsAs on his arm her head reposesShe whispers to him with laughing eyes“Remember love the Feast of Roses”In 1526 when the nomadic Timurid warrior scholar

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