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The daughters of Emperor Jahangir Jahanara and Roshanara plot and scheme against one another in an attempt to gain power over their father’s harem As royal princesses they are confined in the imperial harem and not allowed to marry However this does not stop them from having illicit affairs or plotting the next heir. This was a huge letdown in comparison Second part was really almost awesomeI don t know why the author skipped a whole damn generation and moved to the story of Shah Jahan s children but this wasn t as interesting as the first two parts It strikes like an odd one out in the trilogy This seemed like the summary of first two books and little addition of new plot It is discreet that it does justify the title Taj Mahal but the plot line is so weak to hold on Concept 3050Execution 27550 Characters Bespoken 30 50World Building 30 50Cover 32550Writing Style 3050Overall 27550Three decent stars for the way architecture of Taj Mahal and Itimad ud Daulah tombs are describedItimad ud Daulah tomb s inlay work is indeed magnificent The inner ceiling is just awesome laid with every possible known colour It is been said the plans for Taj Mahal were almost derived from Itimad ud Daulab tomb About Taj Mahal I think nothing is needed to be said for being one of the seven wonders of the world This one was all about children of Shah Jahan Jahanara Roshanara Dara Shuja Aurangzeb and Murad When Jahanara Begum overtook her mother s Mumtaz Mahal s title Padshah Begum her rule over harem created ripples in certain obscure ways She was so close to her father that her marriage kind of scared Shah Jahan She never married but her duties were the one thing she always fulfilled The tainted love story between Jahanara and Najabat Khan was the fixation which held Jahanara s mind and heart together Though Roshanara is depicted as a vixen who tried to lure away Najabat Khan from her elder sister I sympathize with her She was so lost to gain powers that poor child did anything to shame and ruin Jahanara There have been literally so many controversies about Jahanara until date Her relationship with her father was been weirdly uestioned According to this book The inside harem politics how could a daughter overrule the zenana It is the right of the wife of the Emperor and though she was the one who had sovereignty over it even after her brothers marriages Her affiliations lied with her brother Dara and she made it crystal clear which created such sibling rivalry that Roshanara aligned herself with Aurangzeb At times It bored me Are two sisters fighting over a man I was like come on get over yourselves I was so glad that she has described the portions in almost architectural terminologies which kept me going And god That opium usage Irritated me as hell Altering historical events could be interesting but Jahanara story has many loose ends Like that incident she burnt herself The reasons are unclear all along the historical timelineThat end Kind of stunned me Because Aurangzeb has always remained a rigid personality from my perceptions PS Well Jahanara and Najabat s love reminded me Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly of Emperor Jahangir Jahanara and Roshanara plot and scheme against Hawk's Passion one another in an attempt to gain power Girls of Brackenhill over their father’s harem As royal princesses they are confined in the imperial harem and not allowed to marry However this does not stop them from having illicit affairs A Beautiful Dark or plotting the next heir. 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Ives and in posterity as they live in the shadow of the greatest monument in Indian history the Taj MahalWith a flair and enthusiasm for history and culture Sundaresan creates a story full of rich details that brings the reader deep into the world of the lives of Indian women and their struggles for power and conseuenc. Shadow Princess is set in the Mughal Empire at the eve of Mumtaz Mahal s death The novel uickly delves into Shah Jahan s despair unusual in a society where a man has multiple wives and his contemplation of abdicating the throne for which he had fought so hard However after a few days Shah Jahan emerges from seclusion with the idea of building the Taj Mahal During Shah Jahan s mourning for his wife the power dynamics shifted First in the Mughal Empire succession wass determined by might not primogeniture While seemingly fair compared to the European tradition of primogeniture in reality male heirs competed for the throne first through political posturing and then through murder Second power shifted in the royal zehana harem as well Instead of shifting to one of Shah Jahan s surviving wives power shifted to Jahanara the Shah s eldest daughter Thus both the royal sons and royal daughters feudedThe novel centers on this competition from the perspective of Jahanara and secondarily Rohanara Shah Jahan s second daughter Because of Shah Jahan s increasing reliance of the wise and beautiful Jahanara he decides that she shall never marry For a reason unclear in the novel Roshanara is likewise forbidden to marry The daughters compete for supremacy by backing different contenders for the throne Jahanara backs the eldest son Dara and Roshanara backs Aurangzeb the sly and ambitious third son The novel also alternates between chapters on the building of the Taj Mahal I found the chapters on the Taj Mahal to be rather dull It also slowed down the narrative I also thought that the character development was rather wooden in the first half of the novel For me the novel really picked up in the second half after Shah Jahan casts off his lengthy mourning and the daughters manage to weild far power especially Jahanara than would be expected for a woman living in purdah in a zenana Overall the novel warrants 35 stars The first half was rather slow but the second half was interesting as character development improved and the author focused a bit lest on the minutiae relating to the building of the Taj Mahal Shah Jahan s ultimate demise was rather tragic I don t want to spoil it for those who do not know who succeeds him and how that succession occurs but I think the story of Shah Jahan and his sons shares much of the poignancy of Henry II of England and his sons in the 12th century Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts of the greatest monument in Indian history the Taj MahalWith a flair and enthusiasm for history and culture Sundaresan creates a story full The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series of rich details that brings the reader deep into the world Book of Isms of the lives バガボンド 1 of Indian women and their struggles for power and conseuenc. 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To the throne These royal sisters are in competition for everything power over the harem their father’s affection still focused on his dead wife and the future of their country Unfortunately only one of them can succeed And despite their best efforts to affect the future their schemes are eclipsed both during their l. I just finished reading Shadow Princess the third book in Sundaresan s series about the women of Mughal India Unlike the Feast of Roses which should be preceded in reading by the Twentieth Wife this one stands on its ownIt begins with the death of Mumtaz Mahal the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built and ends with her husband s death In between the life of their eldest daughter Jahanara is told with love and historical accuracy Part history part travelogue and part fiction Sundaresan weaves the smells sights and sounds of India into the human stories of larger than life historical charactersWhen I read Sundaresan s novels I feel the heat on my skin the cool breeze wafting through marble halls and smell the cool smell of apples or the warm scent of naan She writes a fairytale world of jewels and elephants wars and stone monuments but it s not a fairytale The best part about getting lost in this world is that it s realInlaid into this world like precious jewels into a marble slab are the women of the imperial zenana the Persian word for a harem Clad in wisps of silk and heavy jewels of all kinds they move history with a soft word and a strong will Women in Mughal India according to the history I ve learned from Sundaresan s books were not allowed in public but women in the imperial zenana who had the ear of the most powerful men in the empire the emperor himself and his sons had the power to have their presence felt beyond the walls of the zenana Sundaresan s series is about these amazing historical women and the changes they made to their countryJahanara after her mother s death finds herself at the head of her father s zenana He had other wives true and one ought to have taken Mumtaz Mahal s place But because of his love for both Mumtaz and Jahanara it is his daughter who becomes the most powerful woman in the greatest empire in the world And she is eual to the task Though she is seen by few men in her life besides the eunuchs who are her servants and guards her presence is felt by nobleman and commoner alike To find out in just what kinds of ways you ll have to read for yourselfThroughout the book which is chiefly her story are little chapters on the building of the Taj Mahal From its birth in the imagination of Jahanara s father and in the shape of the tomb built by the star of the other two novels Mehrunnisa Jahanara s great aunt as the site is leveled in preparation as it slowly begins to rise gleaming white from the ground to its completionThe relationships the women have are why I read these books At a time when women had little to no power Jahanara in Shadow Princess and Mehrunnisa in the Twentieth Wife and the Feast of Roses stand out as intelligent women who use their power to get things done The men in their lives fathers husbands lovers and sons have great love and respect for them because they defy convention rather than in spite of that fact Here are women women who are their intellectual euals sometimes betters a welcome rarity These are not coddled women who live only for the feel of silk on their skin and the weight of jewels in their hands but real people who participate actively in the politics of their countryIt s a great read and a great ride It makes me want to travel to India to buy a copy for every woman I know and to act to change my world for the better These are not books filled with happily ever afters they are books filled with the real humanity of their characters the joys and sadnesses alike Perhaps that is what attracts me the most these books tell the Truth without having to sugarcoat it Obligatory fine print cmply1 and cmply2 because legally I can t distinguish between them Indu sent me a copy of the book through her publisher with the express reuest that I review it but without any reuest about what the contents of that review might be


10 thoughts on “Shadow Princess Taj Mahal Trilogy #3

  1. says:

    Shadow Princess Taj Mahal Trilogy #3 Indu SundaresanCritically acclaimed author Indu Sundaresan picks up where she left off in The Twentieth Wife and The Feast of Roses returning to seventeenth century India as two princesses struggle for supremacy of their father’s kingdomTrapped in the shadow of the magnificent tomb their grief stricken f

  2. says:

    Hand down it really isn't your typical Bollywood romance Shadow Princess is the final book of Indu Sundaresan's Taj Mahal trilogy This time

  3. says:

    This was a huge letdown in comparison Second part was really almost awesomeI don’t know why the author skipped a whole damn generation and moved to the story of Shah Jahan’s children but this wasn’t as interesting as the firs

  4. says:

    I LOVED The Twentieth Wife and I thought The Feast of Roses was good but Shadow Princess was just slow It skips a

  5. says:

    I just finished reading Shadow Pr

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    The Moghul emperors are still bloodthirsty and entirely ruthless; they control a uarter of the world’s population and have wealth beyond imagining But this is the final flowering of a doomed empire and while Shah Jahan mourns his dead wife and obsesses over the Taj Mahal her monument his son Aurangzeb is planning to take his fat

  7. says:

    I finished reading Shadow Princess today which also marks the completion of Taj Mahal TrilogyWhen I started readi

  8. says:

    Shadow Princess is set in the Mughal Empire at the eve of Mumtaz Mahal's death The novel uickly delves into Shah J

  9. says:

    For lovers of historical fiction nothing is better than a book that has you immersed in the storyline and engages all of y

  10. says:

    Although the book is third in the series of three I have no problem in the reading It begins with the death of Mumtaz upon the birth of her 14th child in 19 years of marriage Even opium could not alleviate the struggle she was under Her husband the Emperor of all Hindustan mourned her passing culminating in a most splendid mausoleum for his beloved These Mughals were prolific builders and I marvel at the time they spent planning

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