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White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India Paperback – April 27, 2004
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The book starts off with a brief history of the early encounters of Europeans with India, between the 16th and 18th centuries, which included fascination with and acceptance of Indian culture as much as anything else. We remember Warren Hastings today for his impeachment for corruption. What we forget is that he was probably the most enlightened Governor General of India and had a deep respect for Hinduism and India. Certainly more fun to think about than Lord Curzon.... William Dalrymple touches on all sorts of interesting characters of the time, who assimilated into the culture to a degree unimaginable later on. These range from Irishmen who became sadhus to gunners who became local princes, as well as the fascinating Hindoo Stuart, whose singleminded crusade to get Englishwomen in India to adopt the sari deserves remembrance today.... Hindoo Stuart's quotes alone make the book worthwhile!
One interesting thing is the number of Englishmen born in America, who backed the 'wrong' side in the War of Independence, left the US, and ended up in India, adapting to local customs and marrying Indian women. As history is written by the winning side, these are people one doesnt get to hear much about......
One of these, the Handsome Colonel, born in Georgia, was the father of James Kirkpatrick, Resident at the Court of the Nizam of Hyderabad.Read more ›
Dalrymple has assembled a huge amount of information, much of which is primary source material never before examined, to support the fact that this blending of cultures was common at the time. As might be expected, many British had Indian mistresses, but more surprisingly, intermarriage was not uncommon, and for a Muslim woman, marriage to a Non-Muslim could only occur if the man converted to Islam, which some did, including Kirkpatrick. At the time the Indian rulers were Muslim, but they did not attempt the impossible task of converting the Hindu population, and as a result, the same blending of culture that was occuring between east and west occurred to some extent between Hindu and Muslim.Read more ›
If you seek magnificent holiday reading here it is. It is not a book to read at a sitting - or three sittings. Dalrymple is not afraid to write a long book and this is the longest of all.Read more ›
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Great as a history text book, deeply researched with much eye-opening information and analysis. Pretty poor as a novel. Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peggy
The book was like new. Great reading about the relationship of British with Mughals / Indians.Published 2 months ago by Sudhir Chaudhary
Very enjoyable. It's told around the love story of one particular couple, with lots of background history as well as explanations of the time period in which it takes place.Published 3 months ago by vab
A historical account of the interactions between the employees of the East India Company and mostly Muslim inhabitants of eighteenth and nineteenth century India. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RanvirJ
This is the first book I have read by Mr. Dalrymple. I knew very little about the British exploits in India, and even less about the cross-cultural exchange that is detailed in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt Walker
I love History, so I loved it. Found it very authentic. But it's a long and slow book, may not be suitable for fast-paced readers.Published 9 months ago by Atula Ahuja
Beautifully written, well researched. Makes "Romeo and Juliet" look like a Tinder hook-up! The most beautiful non-fiction book I have ever read.Published 11 months ago by Ken King
I am totally fascinated by William Dalrymple's books about the history of the Indian sub-continent during the era of the British Raj. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Roger Grace
This is a scholarly work of Indian history, extensively researched and written with a passion and a nostalgia for a not so distant past when there was wholesale interracial sexual... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Raghu Nathan