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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 Shadow Princess is set in the Mughal Empire at the eve of Mumtaz Mahal's death The novel uickly delves into Shah Jahan's despair unusual in a society where a man has multiple wives and his contemplation of abdicating the throne for which he had fought so hard However after a few days Shah Jahan emerges from seclusion with the idea of building the Taj Mahal During Shah Jahan's mourning for his wife the power dynamics shifted First in the Mughal Empire succession wass determined by might not primogeniture While seemingly fair compared to the European tradition of primogeniture in reality male heirs competed for the throne first through political posturing and then through murder Second power shifted in the royal zehana harem as well Instead of shifting to one of Shah Jahan's surviving wives power shifted to Jahanara the Shah's eldest daughter Thus both the royal sons and royal daughters feudedThe novel centers on this competition from the perspective of Jahanara and secondarily Rohanara Shah Jahan's second daughter Because of Shah Jahan's increasing reliance of the wise and beautiful Jahanara he decides that she shall never marry For a reason unclear in the novel Roshanara is likewise forbidden to marry The daughters compete for supremacy by backing different contenders for the throne Jahanara backs the eldest son Dara and Roshanara backs Aurangzeb the sly and ambitious third son The novel also alternates between chapters on the building of the Taj Mahal I found the chapters on the Taj Mahal to be rather dull It also slowed down the narrative I also thought that the character development was rather wooden in the first half of the novel For me the novel really picked up in the second half after Shah Jahan casts off his lengthy mourning and the daughters manage to weild far power especially Jahanara than would be expected for a woman living in purdah in a zenana Overall the novel warrants 35 stars The first half was rather slow but the second half was interesting as character development improved and the author focused a bit lest on the minutiae relating to the building of the Taj Mahal Shah Jahan's ultimate demise was rather tragic I don't want to spoil it for those who do not know who succeeds him and how that succession occurs but I think the story of Shah Jahan and his sons shares much of the poignancy of Henry II of England and his sons in the 12th century

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Shadow Princess Taj Mahal Trilogy #3The 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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Read Shadow Princess Taj Mahal Trilogy #3 eBook ↠ Hardcover ↠ randarenewables Ü 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 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 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 trusted confidant essentially filling her mother's role And then not a whole lot happens There's not really much discussion of the building of the Taj Mahal there's a little bit of sibling suabbling there are a few love affairs but mostly this book is about what the rich are eating or wearing or how they travel throughout the empire and actually that's about itUntil chapter 25 when the war of succession begins While I was reading this book a lot of uestions came to mind For instance how does the Emperor get all of these riches? What are all of his workers paid? What caused the downfall of India? And what happened to Goharara the child born when Mumtaz Mahal dies?I'll start with the fourth uestion first Simply we don't know Around the age of two her character makes a reappearance on an elephant as the imperial family is traveling around the empire but after that nothing Maybe she died during her childhood Maybe she lived a rather uneventful life Maybe there was simply nothing else mentioned of her in Sundaresan's researchBasically and I'm really simplifying this here but the downfall of India occurred for three reasons One and the common fall of empires is that they simply spent all of the money that previous generations have through time the common denominator in the fall of any civilization is a lack of resources of some sort Secondly Aurangzeb who assumed the throne after Shah Jahan was less tolerant of other religions than both his father and grandfather and thus he disgruntled a lot of people Finally and perhaps most significantly the British came in and took over as they were wont to do around the worldNow I'll discuss the first two uestions I asked I don't actually have answers but I have some ideas In Mogul India the Emperor owns everything and once you die it reverts to him Traditionally he'll divide the holdings among the persons heirs meaning sons but not always So the emperor also owns the gold mines and such Then there are the taxes I can't uite figure out this system because the emperor can grant cities to people and then they collect the taxes which is their income somehow And finally there's lots of exporting of spices The book doesn't cover what the masses do but the imperial family lives extravagantly My suspicion is that most of their wealth comes from owning everything and not from taxes because I doubt the common people are paid very well and therefore couldn't likely pay a lot of taxes My two hypotheses are that the value of money was very different then than it is today I don't mean what the money euals in today's dollars but what you could do with itget for it or that the trickle down effect may actually have worked although I seriously doubt itAnyway if you're interested in the time period Beneath a Marble Sky is a much better read