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The Mughal World: India's Tainted Paradise

by Abraham Eraly

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Again, a brilliant book by Abraham Erally. He carefully dissects the life of the Mughal Emperors, and the life of the common man in the Mughal World.

A super companion book to this one, is "Why Nations Fail", and you will immediately see the lessons to be drawn. The Mughal Paradise was for the Emperor and his court, and yet even there it was a conditional paradise. For the rest of the people, it was a purgatory.

The Mughals did not build institutions in India, and for this we had to depend on the reviled British Empire. While his source of material is largely drawn from the writings of Western travellers, and these may be biased, the fact is that this presents a wonderful source of material for us. Something that we often do not think about when we read about the Mughal Kings ( )
  RajivC | Sep 28, 2014 |
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The Mughal emperors were larger-than-life figures, men written on a supra-human scale who exercised absolute power. The three centuries of their rule mark one of the most crucial and fascinating periods of Indian history. This study looks beyond the story of the empire's rise and fall—an exotic growth that was transplanted to India from Islamic Persia—to bring the world of the Mughal ruler and Hindu subject vividly into focus. Blending contemporary sources and detailed description, an India full of strangeness and contrast is introduced: sacred harems and suttee rites, brutal war and cultural and artistic refinement, staggering opulence, deviant indulgences, and abject poverty. The bizarre religious cults, the Mughal fondness for formal gardening, the murderous female bandits, the sex lives of the nobles, and beyond—almost every aspect of life is examined, making this a comprehensive and absorbing introduction to India's last Golden Age.

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ASIAN / MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY. The Mughal emperors were larger-than-life figures, men written on a supra-human scale who exercised absolute power. The three centuries of their rule mark one of the most crucial and fascinating periods of Indian history. Here, he looks beyond the story of the empires rise and fall - an exotic growth that was transplanted to India from Islamic Persia - to bring the world of the Mughal ruler and Hindu subject vividly into focus. Blending contemporary sources and detailed description he introduces an India full of strangeness and contrast: of sacred harems and suttee rites, of brutal war and cultural and artistic refinement, of staggering opulence, deviant indulgences and abject poverty. From bizarre religious cults to the Mughal fondness for formal gardening, from murderous female bandits to the sex lives of the nobles, almost every angle of life is examined making this a comprehensive and absorbing introduction to India's last Golden Age.… (more)

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