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    A grand slow moving procession through 18th century IndiaStately processions are a leit motif in William Dalrymple's epic account of a doomed love affair between James Kirkpatrick a British East India Company resident and Khair un Nissa great niece of Hyderabad’s chief minister Midway through the book for example he uotes a source describing the massive pilgrimage for the annual festival of Mawlah Ali“Some 3000 eleph

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    White Mughals is the story of a romance but really it is the story of a moment in time when England and India explored each others' worlds and cultures with great delight and mutual admiration And sadly it is also the story of how everything changed in less than a generation This is the sort of book that demolishes all of

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    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 documentatio

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    I have a lot of admiration for this author’s Nine Lives and The Anarchy is highly informative But this book i

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    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

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    Description Conjuring all the sweep of a great nineteenth century novel acclaimed author William Dalrymple unearths the fa

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    The White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India by William Dalrymple is a tour de force of historical writing Packed with the results of an unbelievably enormous amount of research and detective work it is highly detailed yet

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    Without having any specific interest in India I seem to have read uite a few books about India over the last couple of years and William Dalr

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    Oh I loved this book I could hardly put it down I confess I know very little about the years before the Raj before

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    Just arrived from Australia through BMThis is the story of James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair un Nissa who co

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White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India

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. Description Conjuring all the sweep of a great nineteenth century novel acclaimed author William Dalrymple unearths the fascinating story of the British Resident at the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad James Kirkpatrick who in 1798 fell in love with the great niece of the Hyderabadi prime minister To marry her Kirkpatrick converted to Islam and even became a double agent working against the East India Company Shedding light on the many eccentric Westerners during this period who turned Turk adopting Indian customs dress and religions Darymple brings to life a compelling and largely unwritten story of Britain s rule over India Opening On 7 November 1801 under conditions of the greatest secrecy two figures were discreetly admitted to the gardens of Government House in Madras501 pages withdrawn from Hampshire County Libraries Maps and photos galore of wrist breaking proportions5 City of Djinns A Year in Delhi4 Nine Lives5 In Xanadu A uest6 From the Holy Mountain A Journey among the Christians of the Middle East5 The Age of Kali Indian Travels Encounters5 Return of a King The Battle for Afghanistan35 White Mughals Love And Betrayal In Eighteenth Century IndiaNONFIC NOVEMBER 2015

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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. Without having any specific interest in India I seem to have read uite a few books about India over the last couple of years and William Dalrymple has a lot to do with it I really liked his City of Djinns A Year in Delhi and I d heard many good things about White Mughals all justified This book is remarkable Yes it s a history book but you can read it like a novel Think of it as a kind of Indian War and Peace the cast of characters is even larger and it does indeed address war and peace private concerns and national politics Dalrymple did an impressive amount of research and his knowledge of India enabled him to discover some incredible primary sources that had never been translated The central love story of this book is fascinating and sheds a completely different light on the British in India Gone are the stereotypes of Victorian gentlemen in stiff suits eating roast beef for Sunday lunch and viewing the natives as barely human Kirkpatrick and others like him integrated completely learning the local languages wearing Indian dress and marrying or at least living with Indian women plural in some cases Sir David Ochterlony had 13 wives each with her own elephant Dalrymple captures the moment when this open exchange of cultures began to change with India and its people becoming just resources to exploit It also brings home just how much British imperialism was responsible for creating a gulf between Indian cultures Hindu and Muslim which did not exist beforeThe book is full of fascinating details rather too many sometimes Dalrymple obviously loved doing the research and will rush off at a tangent at the slightest provocation discussing Mughal architecture gardening practices festivals and the like sometimes at too great a length Eually if some minor character turns out to have an interesting background we will get a uick potted biography And there are lots of footnotes but you don t have to read them allSuch is the detail gleaned from letters and a contemporary Persian autobiography that you feel as if you know these people except for Khair un Nissa who perhaps inevitably is a shadowy figure behind the screens of her zenana seen only through others eyes So vivid is the characterisation that despite the huge cast I never found it necessary to consult the list at the front to remember who was whoSaddest is the fate of so many Anglo Indian children born of English fathers and Indian mothers who in order to safeguard their future prospects in an increasingly racist imperial culture are sent to school in England at the age of four or so and most likely never see their mothers or grandparents again Amazingly in one final twist Dalrymple manages to track down a last touching correspondence between Kirkpatrick s daughter now a mother herself and her Indian grandmother last seen when she was four

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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

  • Paperback
  • 580
  • White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India
  • William Dalrymple
  • English
  • 05 October 2017
  • 9780142004128

About the Author: William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth He wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu when he was twenty two The book won the 1990 Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award and a Scottish Arts Council Spring Book Award; it was also shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial PrizeIn 1989 Dalrymple moved to Delhi where he lived for six years