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Shadow Princess Taj Mahal Trilogy #3

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

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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 For lovers of historical fiction nothing is better than a book that has you immersed in the storyline and engages all of your five senses so that when you look up from reading it takes you a couple of seconds to re orient to your current surroundings Shadow Princess by Indu Sundaresan was just that book for me When Shadow Princess opens we are transported to 17th century India as the Mumtaz Muhal the much beloved wife of the Emperor is about to give birth to her 14th child Also in the room with her are her two teen aged daughters Jahangir17 and Roshanara 14 As the birth process continues it appears Mumtaz Muhal may not survive and she reaches out for Jahangir neglecting Roshanara who also rushes to her mother s side But despite the best of care available Mumtaz Muhal dies leaving behind four sons two older daughters a newborn girl child and an inconsolable husband But when the Emperor is finally convinced to resume his morning appearances before the royalty it obvious that he is in a very fragile state for a show of unity Jahangir thrusts her four brothers out into the balcony to stand by their father At this moment all four brothers despite their young age feel the surge of power of being Emperor and this becomes each of their goals Roshanara once again feeling left out and in her bitterness wonders how to control her destiny in this male dominated world While this is the third book in the Sundaresan s trilogy on the Mughal Empire it is not necessary to read the prior books to enjoy this storyline Sundaresan s passion and research for this period of Indian history comes through in her exuisite writing and the decoding of the culture This a tale of the lush life of the royalty and those favored by them Even for the reader who knows the outcome of the power struggle Sunderesan weaves an interesting path of getting to this point focusing the story on Jahangir and Roshanara and the roles of women in shaping Indian history What most of us know of this era is the building of the Taj Mahal as a tribute of a man s love for wife Sundaresan took a chance and made the Taj Mahal a character in the book and it is only fitting as the influence of women have often been overlooked in the telling of this period however this oversight is corrected by this trilogyI recommend this book to not only readers of historical fiction but also to readers who enjoy reading about sibling rivalry unreuited love uncontrolled ambition and adventure

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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 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 father s throne by any means necessaryCritically 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 father is building for his beloved deceased wife the emperor s daughters compete for everything control over the imperial harem their father s affection and the future of their country They are forbidden to marry and instead choose to back different brothers in the fight for ultimate power over the throne But only one of the sisters will succeed With an enthusiasm for history and a flair for rich detail Indu Sundaresan brings readers deep into the complicated lives of Indian women of the time period and highlights the profound history of one of the most celebrated works of architecture in the world the Taj MahalThe 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 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 lives 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 conseuenceIn Shadow Princess we meet the royal imperial and remarkable character of the power of jahanara begum the only Mughal woman to write a spiritual treatise on Sufism the sister of Aurangzeb and the padshah begum after Mumtaz s era and Shah Jahan s favourite child owner of the most lucrative port in medieval India and patron of one of its finest cities ShahjahanabadEver since I have started reading Indu Sundaresan s books the first of which is this book itself but only a sample chapter on my kindle I have become a fan of her history is a critical subject and critical is it s retelling as if you do not know the tale properly and cannot narrate it in a gripping way then the reader would not find it interesting I feel it is just a cup of tea for Indu Sundaresan for retelling historythe best part of the book is its beauty in the simplicity of language and the complex and gripping narrative I felt that the beauty of the enchanting narration makes the book truly a masterpiece one cannot put down the book in the middle if you have started once Through the character of Jahanara Sundaresan beautifully captures the epitome of a heroine and a veiled warrior and rebel and even a perfect daughter and a sacrificing ueen The ualities of this particular character the way she handles both her brain and beauty the way her words and tactics slash through people will truly make you enter into hero worshipping for Jahanarafor the narration it is just mind boggling the way she captures each character and emotions in their pen would leave you enthralledthe book is the story of the Jahanara Begum and the fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and overthrowing of him by his rebellious and stone hearted son Aurangzeb The story starts by with the death of Mumtaz Mahal while the birth gaurahara and then follows up to the ups and lows and struggles in building a kingdom mausoleum and even the struggle with both insiders and outsidersnext comes the great Mumtaz Mahal known for both her beauty and the beauty that stood for her and in her respect taj mahal the author beautifully explains the story of Mumtaz Mahal as a wife of Shah Jahan and the mother of his sons and daughters the immense wealth spent behind the construction of taj mahal is even beautifully penned downthe author even beautifully sketches out the backdrops and the intricate and intense scenes of Jahanara s turbulent and powerful life of her journey from the royal power and politics of the empire to her house arrest along with her father will leave you mesmerised even after you complete the book the book truly captures your mind and leaves a mark on your heartthe book is a fiction and it totally stands for its genre you would read new tales like the tales of some characters and some fights scenes and dialogues still you would never ever feel that the book deviates from the real story it does not it just adds up spice to the real story framed in the Luminous Tomb and Padshahnamathe book is even very intensely researched for there is a lot of details about how the Mughals lived walked talked and even what they wore and ate the book would give you every detail about the Mughal empire under the period of Shah Jahan the book even gives a great note on the power play and political instability and intrigue during that turbulent timesanother perk of the book is its philosophy you would see a lot of beautiful ideas of philosophy hidden within tales the way the fight scenes are explained truly captures the full attention of the reader The action scenes of how the armies fought and how each step is taken will keep you riveted till the endthe book is very meticulously researched and this intense work is very well channelled through their extraordinary narration and captivating plot the intense research which even includes English translated uoted lines from the Mughal texts like The History of Hindostan Storia do Mogor Padshahnama and othersThe very first attempt to chronicle the woman who played a vital role in building the Mughal empire Shadow Princess is an illuminating and gripping history of a little known aspect of the most magnificent dynasty the world has ever knownAn enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure this novel tells the captivating story of one of India s most unknown and hidden empresses a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire Skillfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensual imaginings of a timeless fairy tale Shadow Princess sweeps readers up in Jahanara s embattled and hidden love and her powerplay and politics and in the bedazzling destiny of a woman a legend in her own time who was all but lost to history until nowthe book totally is worth reading and if you have not read it it is totally your huge loss overall the book is in simple words a masterpiece a perfect tapestry of history and imagination the book is such a perfect piece of the whole bloody and imperial Mughal history that I would declare it truly as a legend in the field of history imaginative intrigue intenseI would recommend the book to all the history lovers and to everyone who loves fiction and I am sure they would love the gripping story


About the Author: Indu Sundaresan

Indu Sundaresan was born in India and grew up on Air Force bases all over the country Her father a fighter pilot was also a storyteller—managing to keep his audiences captive and rapt with his flair for drama and timing He got this from his father Indu's grandfather whose visits were always eagerly awaited Indu's love of stories comes from both of them from hearing their stories based on i



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 princess

  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 the heroine is Jahanara Begum the first born daughter of Shah Jahan and his beloved ueen consort Mumtaz MahalThe love story between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal emperor and empress of the Mughal Empire needs no introduction since this romance has been immortalized by the Taj Mahal the white ma

  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 genera

  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 generation and picks up when Empress Mumtaz Mahal dies in childbirth her husband Emperor Shah Jahan decides to build the Taj Mahal for her and their eldest daughter Jahanara becomes Shah Jahan's tr

  5. says:

    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 ownI

  6. says:

    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 fathe

  7. says:

    I finished reading Shadow Princess today which also marks the completion of Taj Mahal TrilogyWhen I started reading the first book The Twentieth Wife I instantly fell in love with Indu Surdaresan's art of story telling that how beautifully she has presented the complicated and what some people may think as boring historica

  8. says:

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

  9. says:

    For lovers of historical fiction nothing is better than a book that has you immersed in the storyline and engages all of your five senses so that when you look up from reading it takes you a couple of seconds to re orient to your current surroundings Shadow Princess by Indu Sundaresan was just that book for me When Shadow

  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 w

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