The Taj Trilogy, compiled by Indu Sundaresan, is a box set of the three books in the series. It is a trilogy that retells the glorious imperial life in Mughal India. One of the books in the trilogy – The Twentieth Wife won Indu the 2003 Washington State Book Award.
Summary of the Book
The Twentieth Wife and The Feast of Roses in this trilogy mainly detail on the story of an abandoned girl child called Mehrunnisa, who later grows up to become the most powerful empress of the Moghul Empire, hailed as Empress Nur Jahan. Princess Jahanara is the grandniece of the Empress Nur Jahan who is talked about in Shadow Princess. The author’s genius begins with the title itself, as Jahanara’s life itself was overshadowed because of the tomb her father Shah Jahan built for her mother. The Taj Mahal was the relic that outshone her although she was superlative during the time of her father’s rule. The trilogy is engaging as it brings out the life history of the seldom talked about empresses from the times of Moghul rule in India.
About Indu Sundaresan
Indu Sundaresan is an esteemed economist whose passion for History has become evident in The Taj Trilogy. She graduated in Economics in India. She obtained her M. S. in Operations Research and an M. A. in Economics after moving to the United States. Her first book is The Twentieth Wife. It was followed by the sequel The Feast of Roses. Both were about the life of the Moghul Empress Nur Jahan. The third book is called Shadow Princess which is about the Princess Jahanara.
Ratings & Reviews
10 Ratings &
An engrossing read
I absolutely loved these 3 books by Indu Sundaresan.
Someone had lent me the books to read. After I finished, I just had to have them for my collection, so I bought them. And then bought one more set for gifting.
She writes beautifully, grips the reader throughout.
If only our history textbooks were written this way, every student would love history.