White Mughals : Love and Betrayal in 18th-Century India
by William Dalrymple
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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From the author of the prize-finalist Samuel Johnson’s “Return of a King”, the romantic and ultimately tragic story of a passionate love story that transcends all cultures, religions and political boundaries of his timeJames Achille Kirkpatrick was the British Resident at the court of Hyderabad, when he met Khair un-Nissa – the Most Excellent Among Women”, the great-niece of the Prime Minister of HyderabadHe fell in love with her and overcame many obstacles to marry her, convert to Islam and, according to Indian sources, become a double agent working against the Indies CompanyThis is a remarkable story, but these things were not unknown: from the early 16th century, on the eve of the Indian Mutiny, the “white Moguls” who wore local clothing and adopted Indian means were a source of embarrassment for successive colonial administrationsDalrymple finds these colourful silhouettes like “Hindoo Stuart, who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his temple for idols, and Sir David Auchterlony, who took all 13 of his Indian wives for the evening walks, each on the back of his elephantIn the White of the Mughals”, by William Dalrymple discovers a world almost entirely unexplored by history, and which places at the centre of its fascinating seduction and betrayal
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