White Mughals : Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India
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    White Mughals : Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India (English, Paperback, William Dalrymple)

    White Mughals : Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India  (English, Paperback, William Dalrymple)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • ISBN: 9780143030461, 0143030469
    • Edition: 1stEdition, 2004
    • Pages: 580
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    White Mughals: Love And Betrayal In Eighteenth-Century India is a love story set against the socio-historical backdrop of the British Raj, where court intrigue, family and religious disputes, harem politics, and secret assignations, were at the heart of 19th century Indian society.

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    White Mughals: Love And Betrayal In Eighteenth-Century India is a tale with many levels, featuring Captain James Achilles Kirkpatrick as the protagonist. On one level, the book details the tragic romance between Kirkpatrick and Khair-un-Nissa, a Muslim noblewoman. On a different level, the story sheds light on the social, military, political, and trade aspects of 18th and 19th century India.

    Captain Kirkpatrick is an ambitious soldier in the East India Company. When his eyes settle upon the beautiful Khair, the Nizam’s great-niece, the course of his life takes a new direction. Kirkpatrick soon learns that he must overcome many obstacles in order to marry Khair. Firstly, she is locked in purdah and engaged to be married to a nobleman. Secondly, as a Resident, Kirkpatrick is obligated to convert to Islam, which he hopes will make it easier for him to marry Khair. Kirkpatrick also ends up working as a double-agent, while working for the East India Company, he is actually supporting the Hyderabadis.

    Apart from this love story, Dalrymple, also presents a side of history which is virtually unexplored by historians. Through memorable characters such as Hindoo Stuart and Sir David Ochterlony, the author draws readers’ attention to the concept of “white Mughals”. These are people of British descent who had adopted Indian customs, traditions, but who were also a source of embarrassment for colonial administrations. After conducting over five years of research, the author portrays a fascinating portrait about social etiquette, sexual and dismissive attitudes, and the growing racist treatment by the ruling British class towards the offspring of mixed race couples.
    White Mughals: Love And Betrayal In Eighteenth-Century India won the 2003 Scottish Book Of the Year. In 2011, Dalrymple announced that British actor Ralph Fiennes would act and direct the movie-version of book.

    About William Dalrymple

    William Dalrymple is a notable author, historian, curator, broadcaster, and critic of British descent.

    He has written other memorable titles such as The Last Mughal, The Fall of a Dynasty, City Of Djinns: A Year In Delhi, and Nine Lives: In Search Of The Sacred In Modern India.

    Dalrymple is a history scholar. He completed his studies at Ampleforth College and at Trinity College, in Cambridge. He is a history buff, particularly on the subject of India, Pakistan, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Eastern Christianity. Dalrymple contributes regularly to The New York Review Of Books and The Guardian. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Dalrymple has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Aberdeen. Dalrymple is married to Olivia Fraser and together, they have three children. They divide their time between New Delhi, Edinburgh, and London.

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      • William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of Firth of Forth. He is the author of five books of history and travel, including the highly acclaimed best-seller City of Djinns, which won the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. His previous book, White Mughals, garnered a range of prizes, including the prestigious Wolfson Prize for History 2003 and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize. It was also shortlisted for the PEN History Award, the Kiriyama Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. A stage version by Christopher Hampton has been co-commissioned by the National Theatre and the Tamasha Theatre Company. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society, Dalrymple was awarded the 2002 Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his 'outstanding contribution to travel literature' and the Sykes Medal of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs in 2005 for his contribution to the understanding of contemporary Islam. He wrote and presented three television series, Stones of the Raj, Sufi Soul and Indian Journeys, the last of which won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series at BAFTA in 2002. In December 2005 his article on the madrasas of Pakistan was awarded the prize for Print Article of the Year at the 2005 FPA Media Awards. He is married to the artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children. They divide their time between London, Scotland and Delhi.
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    I never thought history could be so fascinating!

    Such a detailed and deeply researched historical exposé could be so gripping, I never would've imagined! Hats off to the British for being so prolific in letter writing and archiving that we would be able to get a glimpse into a long bygone era. The typically British humor in the letters was just too good! Names we've read in our history books and places we've visited in our country suddenly take on a totally new perspective and significance! I wish Dalrymple had been my history teacher!
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    A great Book.............

    White Mughals : Love and Betrayal in 18th Century India By William Dalrymple is a great book. Its specifically what the name suggests a story of love and betrayal arising out of love. Taking us through the beautiful landscape of India unfurling to us the knowledge about a specific period in history of India when started the Company's cunning rule which span a period of a 100 years. The author takes through an immensely searched but very less known journey through British India and boy what a ...
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    An awesome and true tale

    It is just like a delicious dessert that you lick till lasts if you are interested in knowing history of India during colonial rule.
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