The Twentieth Wife, by Indu Sundaresan – Book Review

It’s been a long time since I have done a book review. I finished this book a couple of weeks back but did not get to reviewing it. The only reason I bought this book was when a friend told me that she saw a book about Mughal history. That’s it, I had to buy it so I ordered it. I’m a big fan of historical fiction. I must say, it’s a book you will like.

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Mehrunnisa, who is the central character of the book is a girl from the 16th century. It’s a time when women were not allowed a lot of things. Mehrunnisa was too intelligent for her times. It’s a story of Salim (Jahangir) and his love Mehrunnisa. It’s about how a simple girl called Mehrunnisa gets the name of Noor Jaha.

Mehrunnisa is a very strong woman who at that time wanted to be independent, was very head-strong, knew what she wanted and also knew how to achieve it.

It was love at first sight for both of them but destiny had something else for them. This book is all about how both the lovers finally come together, in spite of all odds and create a name for themselves in history.

The Twentieth Wife is the first book in the series. Sundaresan’s subsequent novel The Feast of Roses is all about Mehrunnisa’s reign after she marries Jahangir. The third book in the Taj Trilogy, Shadow Princess, is the story of Jahanara, Mehrunnisa’s grandniece and Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal’s daughter.

I do not want to talk a lot as I do not want to take away the pleasure of reading this lovely look.

It completely takes you to that era. Every time I read it I so much wanted to be a princes, but at the same time I want the freedom of today. I guess you can’t have best of both worlds.

It’s a great read. I’m currently reading the next book in the series and believe me, it’s a book which is really difficult to keep down.

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