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READ & DOWNLOAD White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India William Dalrymple À 9 READ READ White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Hile remaining Resident Kirkpatrick converted to Islam and according to Indian sources even became a double agent working for the Hyderabadis against the East India CompanyIt is a remarkable story involving secret assignations court intrigue harem politics religious and family disputes But such things were not unknown; from the early sixteenth century when the Inuisition banned the Portuguese in Goa from wearing the dhoti to the eve of the Indian mutiny the 'white Mughals' who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways were a source of embarrassments to successive colonial administrations William Dalrymple unearths such colourful figures as 'Hindoo Stuart' who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his temple of idols and who spent many years trying. Description Conjuring all the sweep of a great nineteenth century novel acclaimed author William Dalrymple unearths the fascinating story of the British Resident at the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad James Kirkpatrick who in 1798 fell in love with the great niece of the Hyderabadi prime minister To marry her Kirkpatrick converted to Islam and even became a double agent working against the East India Company Shedding light on the many eccentric Westerners during this period who turned Turk adopting Indian customs dress and religions Darymple brings to life a compelling and largely unwritten story of Britain s rule over India Opening On 7 November 1801 under conditions of the greatest secrecy two figures were discreetly admitted to the gardens of Government House in Madras501 pages withdrawn from Hampshire County Libraries Maps and photos galore of wrist breaking proportions5 City of Djinns A Year in Delhi4 Nine Lives5 In Xanadu A uest6 From the Holy Mountain A Journey among the Christians of the Middle East5 The Age of Kali Indian Travels Encounters5 Return of a King The Battle for Afghanistan35 White Mughals Love And Betrayal In Eighteenth Century IndiaNONFIC NOVEMBER 2015 The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed politics religious and family disputes But such things were not unknown; from the early sixteenth century when the Inuisition banned the Portuguese in Goa from wearing the dhoti to the eve of the Indian mutiny the 'white Mughals' who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways were a source of embarrassments to successive colonial administrations William Dalrymple unearths such colourful figures as 'Hindoo Stuart' who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his temple of idols and who spent many years trying. Description Conjuring all the sweep of a great nineteenth century novel acclaimed author William Dalrymple unearths the fascinating story of the British Resident at the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad James Kirkpatrick who in 1798 fell in love with the great niece of the Hyderabadi L'Armée du Salut prime minister To marry her Kirkpatrick converted to Islam and even became a double agent working against the East India Company Shedding light on the many eccentric Westerners during this Desolation Angels The Big Empty #3 period who turned Turk adopting Indian customs dress and religions Darymple brings to life a compelling and largely unwritten story of Britain s rule over India Opening On 7 November 1801 under conditions of the greatest secrecy two figures were discreetly admitted to the gardens of Government House in Madras501 Under Fire In The Middle East pages withdrawn from Hampshire County Libraries Maps and LMNO Pea uel photos galore of wrist breaking Saint Charbel proportions5 City of Djinns A Year in Delhi4 Nine Lives5 In Xanadu A uest6 From the Holy Mountain A Journey among the Christians of the Middle East5 The Age of Kali Indian Travels Encounters5 Return of a King The Battle for Afghanistan35 White Mughals Love And Betrayal In Eighteenth Century IndiaNONFIC NOVEMBER 2015

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READ & DOWNLOAD White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India William Dalrymple À 9 READ READ White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub White Mughals is the romantic and ultimately tragic tale of a passionate love affair that crossed and transcended all the cultural religious and political boundaries of its timeJames Achilles Kirkpatrick was the British Resident at the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad when in 1798 he glimpsed Kahir un Nissa 'Most excellent among Women' the great niece of the Nizam's Prime Minister and a descendant of the Prophet Kirkpatrick had gone out to India as an ambitious soldier in the army of the East India Company eager to make his name in the conuest and subjection of the subcontinent Instead he fell in love with Khair and overcame many obstacles to marry her not least of which was the fact that she was locked away in purdah and engaged to a local nobleman Eventually w. A grand slow moving procession through 18th century IndiaStately processions are a leit motif in William Dalrymple s epic account of a doomed love affair between James Kirkpatrick a British East India Company resident and Khair un Nissa great niece of Hyderabad s chief minister Midway through the book for example he uotes a source describing the massive pilgrimage for the annual festival of Mawlah Ali Some 3000 elephants as well as some 50000 horses and load bearing camels with stalls selling fresh and dried fruit clothes and fine woolen pashmina shawls as far as the eye can see immense crowds appear of buyers and sellers riders and dancers glorious tents and mountainous elephants and with tall buildings erected continuously on either side from the Musi River to the foot of Koh e Sharif Elsewhere he describes the departure of William and Fyze Palmer an East India Company official and his Muslim wife Their convoy moved slowly down through the then thickly wooded foothills of the Western Ghats even by the standards of the time the Palmers traveled heavily and James was astonished by the sheer number of bullock carts transport cattle elephants baggage camels syces sepoys bearers and Fyze s dozen females presumably her attendants In many ways this book is just such an unwieldy procession Encompassing a vast sweep of cultures and events the book plods forward at an even unhurried pace This allows the reader to take in all the sights en route but at times I confess I hankered for a swifter means of transportation through a terrain that became almost monotonous in its splendor Dalrymple s account is ostensibly a story of the love affair between James and Khair but their relationship unfolds before the great tapestry of politics and intrigue that was late 18th century India As such there are dozens of major and minor personages to keep track of Even with the help of an introductory eleven page list of dramatis personae and two complete family trees one for the Kirkpatrick s and the other for Khair s Shustari family the reader may find keeping all the names and alliances straight to be a daunting task My chief complaint however is that Dalrymple seems to have been unable or unwilling to sufficiently distill four years of research to make his book accessible Almost every page is festooned with references nearly a thousand all told and copious footnotes He introduces a subject any subject regardless of how trifling and then rather than concisely summing up what the reader needs to know or skipping it altogether if it has no direct bearing on the tale he hares off whatever line he was originally taking and expounds at length upon a new topic Pages later he returns to his original theme but by that time the reader has forgotten what it was Thus the reader is treated to sometimes fascinating but often tedious treatises on the major Mughal festivals methods of abortion in 18th century India Mughal gardening methods rites of passage for Mughal children pigeon keeping British colonial architecture Islamic astronomy and dozens of other topics of peripheral importance to the tale Likewise with the introduction of each new East India Company or Mughal court official the author digresses to give a full account of that person s life and character up to that point Dalrymple obviously loved researching the book and as he makes it clear in his introduction he was most fortunate to unearth previously unknown sources and in particular to find the key to deciphering encoded letters between James Kirkpatrick and his brother William However in his zeal for the chase he too often makes his uest for the story part of the central narrative It s intrusive He s also much given to uoting at great length from his sources Almost every other page seems to have a great chunk of correspondence inserted into it I couldn t help but wish a firmer editorial hand had been applied With all its faults however this is a beguiling book in many ways Dalrymple s central thesis is that before the 19th century British and Indian cultures were closely interwoven and hybridized than previously thought James Kirkpatrick was one of a number of notable White Mughals British East India officials so sympathetic to local customs and Indian cultures that often they converted to Islam or Hinduism usually before wedding Indian women However James and Khair were ultimately victims of a growing hardening stance of the British who came to look upon India less in terms of a rich culture met on eual footing and from the vantage point of an imperial power greedily exploiting a resource As Dalrymple makes abundantly clear the personalities and failings of certain East India Company officials most notably Lord Wellesley the Governor General from 1798 1803 were responsible for this hardening stance In many ways the exploration of the complex workings of the British East India Company s policies military campaigns and economics is just as central to the book as the similarly complex fate of James and Khair the star crossed lovers

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READ & DOWNLOAD White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India William Dalrymple À 9 READ READ White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub To persuade the memsahibs of Calcutta to adopt the sari; and Sir David Ochterlony Kirkpatrick's counterpart in Delhi who took all thirteen of his wives out for evening promenades each on the back of their own elephantIn White Mughals William Dalrymple discovers a world almost entirely unexplored by history and places at its centre a compelling tale of love seduction and betrayal It possesses all the sweep and resonance of a great nineteenth century novel set against a background of shifting alliances and the manoeuvring of the great powers the mercantile ambitions of the British and the imperial dreams of Napoleon White Mughals the product of five years' writing and research triumphantly confirms Dalrymple's reputation as one of the finest writers at work today. Oh I loved this book I could hardly put it down I confess I know very little about the years before the Raj before the British Crown took over India from the East India Company so this book came as a delightful entrancing revelation During the years of the British Raj the lines social political religious caste and class dividing British from Indian were very clearly defined and adhered to but this was not the case in the early years of the East India Company Many officials had bibis Indian courtesans or mistresses many kept a zenana a harem of sorts and some fewer it is true married Indian wives and raised Anglo Indian childrenThis book is the story of those years when it was not deemed entirely unacceptable to embrace Indian culture most particularly the story of James Achilles Kirkpatrick the Company Resident in Hyderabad and Khair un Nissa a relative of the Prime Minister of Hyderabad Their love affair was uite scandalous there were no fewer than four enuiries into James conduct by the Company and he was than prepared to resign his position and career to be with Khair although it seems from the evidence that it was she who initially pursued him and not the other way aroundDalrymple s own summary serves uite well in a time and a society when women had few options and choices and little control over their lives Khair had defied convention threatened suicide and risked everything to be with the man she had eventually succeeded in marrying even though he was from a different culture a different race and initially from a different religionJames Kirkpatrick represented the last gasp of the white mughals the British officers and officials who whole heartedly embraced the syncretic Hindu Muslim culture of the Deccan of the time performing and respecting the religious ceremonies wearing the native costumes falling in love with the women often converting to Islam and raising their Anglo Indian children with feet in both worlds Shortly after James death the world changed not just with the Mutiny and embracing the native culture was to become anathema British ideals and s were imposed from the top down and the British hierarchy would no associate with the Indian populations than the Hindu brahmins would with the untouchables One cannot help feeling that something indescribably uniue was lost as Dalrymple argues the years of the white mughals demonstrates there is nothing inevitable about the collision between East and West that these cultures are not irreconcilable and that only bigotry prejudice racism and fear hold them apart


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    Free E–pub [White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India] BY William Dalrymple Finally I have finished reading this 500 page long historical romance I had tried to read it once but I admit that I abandoned it midway because I was apprehensive that I will ever finish reading the book But the book haunted me enough to make me pick it up again and I gave it another shot So here is my review of the book1 As always my recommendation is that ONLY if you are a history buff pick it up It is a detailed documentati

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    READ & DOWNLOAD White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India Free E–pub [White Mughals Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India] BY William Dalrymple Just arrived from Australia through BMThis is the story of James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair un Nissa who converted to Islam and married her despite the opposition from both cultural sidesEven being the British representative at the court of Nizam of Hyderabad he also became a double agent working for the Nizam against the East India CompanyPage 4Clive needed to know the truth about the East India Company's

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