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A Review Of White Mughals by William Dalrymple

posted Jan 29, 2017, 9:10 PM by Kanika G   [ updated Jan 29, 2017, 9:32 PM ]


For several years I have wanted to read this book, but did not get around to it, having to deal with screaming babies and what not. Thanks to doing book reviews for PlusMinus'n'More I have started reading so much more. I have learned that screaming babies are not really a barrier once you've got hooked on to a book. So I finally got around to reading this book and I was not disappointed.

White Mughals by Dalrymple explores an interesting period in British Indian history, when the daily lives of the British officials and Indian people were often tightly entwined. This period has been later suppressed by both cultures as a result of hostilities that developed soon after. Dalrymple's account is well researched referring to, and quoting from, official documents as well as personal correspondences, to obtain a complete picture on both microscopic and macroscopic scales. For the full review on the PlusMinusNMore site, please click here.


Excerpt from review:
Dalrymple seamlessly weaves in the minute details of the lives of the couple and their close associates, set in the backdrop of a fast changing world, where a liberal and cosmopolitan culture is being fragmented by the rise of bigotry, much like the curdling of milk by acid.


As many of you may know, I have recently started reviewing books for PlusMinus'n'More, a review site for books by Indian authors. If your looking for books by Indian authors, check it out. I was thrilled to see that they had reviewed a couple of books from the Tania Series too.