White Mughals by William Dalrymple is a history book. It is Dalrymple’s fifth major book and tells the true story of a love affair that took place in early nineteenth-century Hyderabad between James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair-un-Nissa Begum. The book has been published by Penguin Random House. It hit the shelves in 2004.
Here is a blurb from the book:
White Mughals is the love story of lovers James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair un-Nissa, two people belonging to diverse cultures and races at a time when India was under the colonial rule of the British. Their love transcended all the political, social, and cultural barriers as James married Nissa and converted to Islam. But is this the happy ending of their story or there is a dark side to it is the theme of the story.
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Been reading e-books for a while now, and I really miss holding a physical copy of a book. So, I decided to re-read an old favourite – the #WhiteMughals by @williamdalrymple – and announce that as the next book for SBC. It's more than just a history book… it's a book on love and betrayal in 18th century India, and this extended lockdown feels like the perfect time to revisit this era once again. Do give it a read and I'll see you at the book discussion! P.S. for those of you that don't have a copy, it is available on #Kindle. #SBCBookOfTheMonth
Although White Mughals at the crux is a love story, there is more to it in the sense that it gives a detailed picture of the socio-political-cultural life in India in the late 18th and early 19th century. It is filled with interesting details as to how some of the British people in India imbibed a lot of our culture, our clothes, and our language. and how because of the East meeting West and the consequent relationships between British men and Indian women, a new breed of Anglo-Indian community formed.
About the author
William Dalrymple is a man of many and extraordinary talents. He is a renowned historian, author, and critic. He has written a number of books which give us glimpses of Indian History and all of his books have been hugely successful, both in terms of critical acclaims as well as the masses response.