Enchanting Stories from the Mughal Era

Indu Sundaresan grew up listening to her father and grandfather’s stories on themes like Hindu mythology and fictional tales. She moved to the US for further studies and mastered two degrees; one in operations research and another in economics but, her storytelling genes took over and she soon began writing after graduate school.

Indu has written five books so far. Her first book, The Twentieth Wife (2002), based on the life of Mehrunnisa, Empress Nur Jahan, is the tale of one of India’s most powerful women and how she becomes the twentieth wife of Emperor Jahangir. Indu was awarded the Washington State Book Award for this book in 2003.

The sequel, titled The Feast of Roses (2003) tells the story of Mehrunnisa’s life as Empress, how she rules in Jahangir’s name for the next seventeen years, and in doing so, shapes the destiny of the empire.

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Her third book The Splendor of Silence (2006) is a heartrending tale of love and clashing cultures in a time of war, inspired by her own experiences of Indian and American backgrounds .

Then came In the Convent of Little Flowers (2008) a collection of short stories set in twenty-first century India–a place of eternal diversity that has been influenced by the West, where transition clashes with modernity and where the old practices no longer fully apply, yet the long shadow of tradition still holds sway.

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Her fifth and most recent book is the final part of the Taj Mahal Trilogy. Set amidst the splendour and luxury of the world’s most opulent court, Shadow Princess (2010) is a tale of Mehrunnisa’s grand-niece who is a lone woman, powerful, rich, and omnipotent in her father’s harem, but who fails to turn the course of India’s history, and has to find her happiness in unconventional ways.

All of Indu’s work has been published, in hardcover and paperback, in the US by Pocket Books/Atria Books/Washington Square Press—imprints of Simon & Schuster. Her work has been translated into 17 languages to date. To know more about Indu and her beautiful books click here.

  1 comment for “Enchanting Stories from the Mughal Era

  1. September 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I’ve read 2 of the Mughal trilogy books and absolutely LOVE them! Thanks for letting me know about the 3rd one! I’m going to find it on amazon…

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