Essay sample - Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan

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It may seem surprising that the women of Mughal epoch in India had power over the prevalent reach of the country (including northern India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and modern day Pakistan) mostly while they lived within the embellished structure of the emperor's harem, secluded under their veil…


We have to deepen our look find Nur Jahan to have been a woman of essence, power and strength.
The sequel to the appealing The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses seems to be an insightful glare at the royal court of India in the seventeenth century; it is a rich novel that tells the history behind one of the greatest tributes to romance and one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. The story line is loaded with historical poignancies that lead readers to conclusion that Indu Sundaresan magically took the readers back in time. Through courage and luck, Mehrunnisa, a Persian refuge from Afghanistan, became the twentieth wife of Jahangir, the emperor of the Mughal Empire from 1605 to 1627. Marriages in Mughal India during the 1600's were more about lucrative unions and were far from love. But a few were fortunate enough to marry for love, so was in the case of Jahangir and Mehrunnisa. This union of love turned Mehrunnisa into Empress Nur Jahan. The Feast of Roses is the story of this woman's reign.
Mehrunnisa was the first woman whom Jahangir marries for love, at her "old" age of thirty-four. He loved her so much that he eventually transfers his sovereignty powers to her. ...
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