White Mughals by William Dalrymple is an intriguing and tragic tale of love and betrayal in India during the eighteenth century. William Dalrymple, an acclaimed travel writer and historian regales us with the story of a passionate love affair that surpasses all boundaries of its time, culture and religion.
In 1978, James Achilles Kirkpatrick, an ambitious soldier of the East India Company caught a glimpse of Kahir-un-Nissa, 'Most Excellent among Women', the great-niece of the Nizam of Hyderbad's Prime Minister and a descendant of the Prophet. He falls hopelessly in love with her and even the harsh truth that she is locked away in purdah and is also engaged to a local nobleman does nothing to deter him from marrying her. While remaining Resident at the court of the Nizam, James converts to Islam and eventually even acts as a double agent working for the Hyderbadis against the East India Company.
White Mughals manages to enthral its readers by all the drama of its time like harem politics, court intrigue, secret missions and spies. This fascinating tale of seduction, love and betrayal tale is woven around the cultural and political flavour of eighteenth century India, which encompasses the ambitions of the British Empire and their embarrassment at the 'White Mughals' who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways. The colourful characters such as 'Hindoo Stuart' who kept a team of Brahmins with him for maintaining his idols while travelling and Sir David Ochterlony who took all of his thirteen wives out for evening promenades at once, each on the back of their own elephants lend a refreshing air to the story.
William Dalrymple, noted indophile, art historian and eminent author was born in 1965 in Scotland. He is also one of the founders and directors of the venerable Jaipur Literature Festival. Moreover, he is a visiting professor at the prestigious Princeton University in Humanities. His other notable works include Return of a King- The Battle for Afghanistan and Nine Lives. White Mughals promises to delight its readers with all the qualities of a great nineteenth century novel. Buy White Mughals online today before stock runs out. This paperback book is listed with the ISBN number of 0143030469.