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  • White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India
  • William Dalrymple
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  • 08 May 2019
  • 9780142004128

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White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India Free download µ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free William Dalrymple ê 5 Read & Download Free download È PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ê William Dalrymple White Mughals is the romantic and ultimately tragic tale of a passionate love affair that crossed and transcended all the cultural religious and political boundaries of its timeJames Achilles Kirkpatrick was the British Resident at the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad when in 1798 he glimpsed Kahir un Nissa 'Most excellent among Women' the great niece of the Nizam's Prime Minister and a descendant of the Prophet Kirkpatrick had gone out to India as an ambitious soldier in the army of the East India Company eager to make his name in the conuest and subjection of the subcontinent Instead he fell in love with Khair and overcame many obstacles to marry her not least of which was the fact that she was locked away in purdah and engaged to a local nobleman Eventually w Finally I have finished reading this 500 page long historical romance I had tried to read it once but I admit that I abandoned it midway because I was apprehensive that I will ever finish reading the book But the book haunted me enough to make me pick it up again and I gave it another shot So here is my review of the book1 As always my recommendation is that ONLY if you are a history buff pick it up It is a detailed documentation of Mughal Hyderabadi and English era and you don t want to be embroiled in a story that takes you deep recesses of unchartered territories of history especially if you are not fond of it2 You need some patience and focus to read this one Unlike Dalrymple s The Last Mughal this book weaves in and out of the principal story Because it is not just a romantic novel it is a factual repository of historical events of the 1800s You can t blame the author for not spicing it up Because there is no physical evidences that vocalize the turbulence of the times However Dalrymple has done enough justice to piece together scraps of information from various parts of the world to make it a veritable story3 The book reveals the other side of English connection with India We Indians have been brought up with the staple diet of poker faced Britishers who spoke Hindi as if they were abusing someone I had always felt that something was amiss It is nice to know that India impacted the British in unimaginable ways and the cross pollination of cultures did happen As Dalrymple puts it India has always had a strange way with her conuerors In defeat she beckons them in then slowly reduces assimilates and transforms them4 There were some sections that tested my tenacity I must say that the book left me enriched and educated because I no longer feel that history is what you read in textbooks History is what you perceive based on your own intelligence I never take history at face value again To me this book opened doors to a forgotten era and shattered existing myths Once again Dalrymple you enchanted me Blackmailed into the Greek Tycoon's Bed you are a history buff pick it up It is a detailed documentation of Mughal Hyderabadi and English era and Her Husband's Christmas Bargain you don t want to be embroiled in a story that takes The Geography of Witchcraft History of Civilization you deep recesses of unchartered territories of history especially if Hold On To Me you are not fond of it2 You need some patience and focus to read this one Unlike Dalrymple s The Last Mughal this book weaves in and out of the principal story Because it is not just a romantic novel it is a factual repository of historical events of the 1800s You can t blame the author for not spicing it up Because there is no physical evidences that vocalize the turbulence of the times However Dalrymple has done enough justice to piece together scraps of information from various parts of the world to make it a veritable story3 The book reveals the other side of English connection with India We Indians have been brought up with the staple diet of poker faced Britishers who spoke Hindi as if they were abusing someone I had always felt that something was amiss It is nice to know that India impacted the British in unimaginable ways and the cross pollination of cultures did happen As Dalrymple puts it India has always had a strange way with her conuerors In defeat she beckons them in then slowly reduces assimilates and transforms them4 There were some sections that tested my tenacity I must say that the book left me enriched and educated because I no longer feel that history is what Copping It Sweet Murphys Law #5 you read in textbooks History is what I'll Be Yours for Christmas you perceive based on Her Babys Bodyguard Eagle Suadron #4 your own intelligence I never take history at face value again To me this book opened doors to a forgotten era and shattered existing myths Once again Dalrymple If Wishes WereDaddies Harleuin American Romance No 749 you enchanted me

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White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India Free download µ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free William Dalrymple ê 5 Read & Download Free download È PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ê William Dalrymple To persuade the memsahibs of Calcutta to adopt the sari; and Sir David Ochterlony Kirkpatrick's counterpart in Delhi who took all thirteen of his wives out for evening promenades each on the back of their own elephantIn White Mughals William Dalrymple discovers a world almost entirely unexplored by history and places at its centre a compelling tale of love seduction and betrayal It possesses all the sweep and resonance of a great nineteenth century novel set against a background of shifting alliances and the manoeuvring of the great powers the mercantile ambitions of the British and the imperial dreams of Napoleon White Mughals the product of five years' writing and research triumphantly confirms Dalrymple's reputation as one of the finest writers at work today Oh I loved this book I could hardly put it down I confess I know very little about the years before the Raj before the British Crown took over India from the East India Company so this book came as a delightful entrancing revelation During the years of the British Raj the lines social political religious caste and class dividing British from Indian were very clearly defined and adhered to but this was not the case in the early years of the East India Company Many officials had bibis Indian courtesans or mistresses many kept a zenana a harem of sorts and some fewer it is true married Indian wives and raised Anglo Indian childrenThis book is the story of those years when it was not deemed entirely unacceptable to embrace Indian culture most particularly the story of James Achilles Kirkpatrick the Company Resident in Hyderabad and Khair un Nissa a relative of the Prime Minister of Hyderabad Their love affair was uite scandalous there were no fewer than four enuiries into James conduct by the Company and he was than prepared to resign his position and career to be with Khair although it seems from the evidence that it was she who initially pursued him and not the other way aroundDalrymple s own summary serves uite well in a time and a society when women had few options and choices and little control over their lives Khair had defied convention threatened suicide and risked everything to be with the man she had eventually succeeded in marrying even though he was from a different culture a different race and initially from a different religionJames Kirkpatrick represented the last gasp of the white mughals the British officers and officials who whole heartedly embraced the syncretic Hindu Muslim culture of the Deccan of the time performing and respecting the religious ceremonies wearing the native costumes falling in love with the women often converting to Islam and raising their Anglo Indian children with feet in both worlds Shortly after James death the world changed not just with the Mutiny and embracing the native culture was to become anathema British ideals and s were imposed from the top down and the British hierarchy would no associate with the Indian populations than the Hindu brahmins would with the untouchables One cannot help feeling that something indescribably uniue was lost as Dalrymple argues the years of the white mughals demonstrates there is nothing inevitable about the collision between East and West that these cultures are not irreconcilable and that only bigotry prejudice racism and fear hold them apart Her Husband's Christmas Bargain years' writing and research triumphantly confirms Dalrymple's reputation as one of the finest writers at work today Oh I loved this book I could hardly put it down I confess I know very little about the The Geography of Witchcraft History of Civilization years before the Raj before the British Crown took over India from the East India Company so this book came as a delightful entrancing revelation During the Hold On To Me years of the British Raj the lines social political religious caste and class dividing British from Indian were very clearly defined and adhered to but this was not the case in the early Copping It Sweet Murphys Law #5 years of the East India Company Many officials had bibis Indian courtesans or mistresses many kept a zenana a harem of sorts and some fewer it is true married Indian wives and raised Anglo Indian childrenThis book is the story of those I'll Be Yours for Christmas years when it was not deemed entirely unacceptable to embrace Indian culture most particularly the story of James Achilles Kirkpatrick the Company Resident in Hyderabad and Khair un Nissa a relative of the Prime Minister of Hyderabad Their love affair was uite scandalous there were no fewer than four enuiries into James conduct by the Company and he was than prepared to resign his position and career to be with Khair although it seems from the evidence that it was she who initially pursued him and not the other way aroundDalrymple s own summary serves uite well in a time and a society when women had few options and choices and little control over their lives Khair had defied convention threatened suicide and risked everything to be with the man she had eventually succeeded in marrying even though he was from a different culture a different race and initially from a different religionJames Kirkpatrick represented the last gasp of the white mughals the British officers and officials who whole heartedly embraced the syncretic Hindu Muslim culture of the Deccan of the time performing and respecting the religious ceremonies wearing the native costumes falling in love with the women often converting to Islam and raising their Anglo Indian children with feet in both worlds Shortly after James death the world changed not just with the Mutiny and embracing the native culture was to become anathema British ideals and s were imposed from the top down and the British hierarchy would no associate with the Indian populations than the Hindu brahmins would with the untouchables One cannot help feeling that something indescribably uniue was lost as Dalrymple argues the Her Babys Bodyguard Eagle Suadron #4 years of the white mughals demonstrates there is nothing inevitable about the collision between East and West that these cultures are not irreconcilable and that only bigotry prejudice racism and fear hold them apart

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White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India Free download µ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free William Dalrymple ê 5 Read & Download Free download È PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ê William Dalrymple Hile remaining Resident Kirkpatrick converted to Islam and according to Indian sources even became a double agent working for the Hyderabadis against the East India CompanyIt is a remarkable story involving secret assignations court intrigue harem politics religious and family disputes But such things were not unknown; from the early sixteenth century when the Inuisition banned the Portuguese in Goa from wearing the dhoti to the eve of the Indian mutiny the 'white Mughals' who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways were a source of embarrassments to successive colonial administrations William Dalrymple unearths such colourful figures as 'Hindoo Stuart' who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his temple of idols and who spent many years trying Its only because of the name of Willam Dalrymple that i picked this one But by God what a book hats off to the writer It builds on interestingly and like one of those Sydney Sheldon novels you just don t want to put it back Always intriguing and woven in the mysteries of the oriental EastThe book sheds a light on late eighteenth and nineteenth century life and politics of princely state of Hyderabad From the Nizam to the power brokering imperialist British to a commoner in the street one gets an overview of every thread of life The plot of the book is woven around a love tale of a British Colonel and a high born local Muslim lady its charming as well as tragic But the way the writer builds it is charming he leaves enough in a chapter to make you want Simply in love with this one A pure classic piece of historiography interestingly put on the table to devour