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Tewntieth Wife
Tewntieth Wife
 
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Author : Sundaresan Indu
Publisher : Pocket Us
ISBN# : 0743427149
Pages : 0
Price :INR 1620
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In The Twentieth Wife, first-time novelist Indu Sundaresan introduces readers to life inside a bejewelled, dazzling birdcage -the world of the Mughal Court`s zenana, or imperial harem. Her heroine exercises power in the only way available to a woman in 17th-century India: from behind the veil. At the age of 8, Mehrunissa (the name means "Sun of Women") has already settled on her life`s goal. After just one glimpse of his face, she wants to marry the Crown Prince Salim. And marry him she does, albeit some 26 years later, after overcoming the opposition of her family, an ill-starred early marriage, numerous miscarriages, and the scheming of other wives. The story`s gothic trappings have a basis in fact. As Sundaresan writes in her afterword, the historical Mehrunissa exercised far more power than was usually allotted to an empress, issuing coins in her own name, giving orders, trading, owning property, and patronising the arts.
 
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