Nur Jahan's Daughter

Nur Jahan's Daughter (English, Paperback, Podder Tanushree)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Rupa
    • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
    • ISBN: 9788129107220, 9788129107220
    • Pages: 362
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    Tanushree Podder brings us an engrossing tale of Laadli, Nur Jahan’s forgotten daughter in Nur Jahan's Daughter.

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    Nur Jahan, also known as Mehrunnisaa, was a well-educated, strong and charismatic woman. She was considered as one of the most influential Mughal women in the 17th century. Her story has fascinated writers and historians all over the world. Being the emperor’s favourite, she was believed to be the real power behind the throne. Nur Jahan’s story is extremely popular. However, writers often miss out on mentioning her daughter’s part in the story. Tanusree Podder brings us the tale of Laadli, daughter of Nur Jahan, a reluctant princess.

    Nur Jahan's Daughter is the story of Laadli, the child of Nur Jahan and her first husband Ali Quli. Post Ali Quli’s unfortunate demise, Laadli falls victim to her mother’s insensitive attitude and ruthless ambition. Nur Jahan dictated Laadli’s life until she unwillingly accepted royalty as her destiny. For a long time, the only information writers mentioned about Laadli was her marriage to Jahangir’s youngest son, Shahryar.
    Laadli comes across as a simple, naive girl who is extremely fond of her father. His death leaves her devastated and throws her life in disarray. Podder paints a very different picture of Nur Jahan in this book. Nur Jahan’s attitude towards her first husband, her encouragement of Jahangir’s flirtations or using Laadli as a pawn in her larger than life plans doesn’t portray a very good image of her.

    Laadli’s love affair with an artist called Imran is also cut short by her mother as she has him mercilessly killed. Nur Jahan forces her daughter to seduce Jehangir’s eldest son Shah Jahan and in a sudden turn of events gets her married to Shahryar who unfortunately was gay, a drug addict and a drunkard. Life doesn’t stop being cruel to Laadli as she faces many more tragedies and unfortunate situations. Podder doesn’t stop at only recounting Laadli’s ordeals. She vividly explains the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, the inspiring tale of how Saleem stood against his father and delves into his numerous love affairs and liaisons.

    About Tanusree Podder

    Award winning novelist Tanusree Podder describes herself as a tailor, beautician, teacher, author, mother, gardener, cook, housekeeper and an event manager. Escape from Harem, Boots Belts Berets, Death of a Dictator: The Story of Saddam Hussein and Dreams are some of her books. After having spent some time in the corporate sector, she finally decided to quit her work and take up her passion of writing. She initially began writing for newspapers, then progressed to writing reviews. The Mughal era fascinates her and she has two books written in this genre. She is a fan of P. G. Wodehouse and Ayn Rand. She has also written books on health, spirituality and fitness. Poddar has written 18 books, 16 of which are non-fictional and 2 are fictional.

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    • Tanushree Podder has delved into varied fields like holistic fitness, reiki, vipasana, pranic healing and yoga. She has written books on various subject like alternative therapies, fitness, relationships and nutrition.
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    More Nur Jahan than her daughter.

    Nur Jahan, a title given by Jahangir to Mehrunnisa after marriage, was a fashion designer, creative in planning gardens and architecture, excellent marksman and an able and ruthless ruler. She ruled the empire by proxy. Ladli adores and worships her mother but could not decide if she loved her for what she was or hated her for marrying the killer of her father and then killing Ladli's lover, leaving no stone unearthed to make Ladli an empress; trampling her emotions.

    Every one knows Nur Jah...
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    Mandar

    Nov, 2014

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    One of finest books I've ever read.. and I read a lot!

    This review is coming in from a from a big time bibliophile!!
    Like many others, I've been smitten by the glory of the Great Mughal Period . I have read some of the finest works and am going to read a lot more...

    I always admire books which have the capability to not only "tell" me what's happening but that takes me to that time, makes me a part of it and when it's done I feel as if a part of myself has ended with the book...

    And this book is one of those...

    In my opinion this is a beau...
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    Jiten Poddar

    Aug, 2013

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    master weaver

    Podder is a master weaver of words. Her language is lucid, simple and expressive. The embellishment melded with the facts have produced a beautiful weave of words - one that brings to life the era of Mughals in India.
    Nurjahan, the crafty empress who rules the country from behind her veil, is an ambitious woman who rules the life of her mousy daughter. The book is as much about Nurjahan as it is about Laadli Begum, her unambitious daughter.
    Although not a great fan of historical novels, I fou...
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    Taanya Parekh

    Jul, 2012

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    Captivating good read

    As a student, history always bored me so when a friend gifted me with the novel- Nurjahan's Daughter on my birthday saying it was the best book he had read, I cursed him.
    It was a day of utter boredom that made me open the book. I flipped through the first page and didn't put it down till midnight. The book is simply engrossing. The Mughal era came to life as I read the details of a culture that was both refined and hedonistic.
    All I can say is that I am hooked to history and Nurjahan. Here's...
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    B Gupta

    Jul, 2012

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    Disappointment

    This book was a disappointment after reading The Twentieth Wife and its other 2 sequels by Indu Sundaresan. If you are just interested to read fiction based on that era I would recommend any of Indu Sundaresan's books over this book!
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    Vidhi Thakur

    Certified Buyer, Gurgaon

    Jan, 2014

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    Good quality product

    This book is about Nur Jahan's daughter Laadli, who is thrust with royalty on her.
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    Chirag Dewedi

    Certified Buyer, New Delhi

    2 months ago

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    Value-for-money

    A good read!
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    Flipkart Customer

    Certified Buyer, Ludhiana

    5 months ago

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    Good

    just good. not very happy.
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    Flipkart Customer

    Certified Buyer, Bhubaneswar

    Jun, 2018

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    Perfect product!

    Very well narrate...... good reading.
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    Flipkart Customer

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    May, 2017

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    Partially copied from "Ladli Begum" by Narayan Sanyal

    I just completed reading this book.. I was trying to find something which I did not know about this topic. Unfortunately, I found nothing as such. As a huge fan of the Bengali writer Narayan Sanyal, I had read his book 'Ladli Begum' and somehow I feel this book is much of a English-dummy of that book. Narayan Sanyal had a thorough research for his book. His research references were also elaborated in his book. But 'Nurjahan's Daughter' is really disappointing read. I am sorry for this comment...
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    Paulami Dey

    Oct, 2015

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