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Taj: Tragedi di Balik Tanda Cinta Abadi

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Siapa pernah menyangka dibalik keindahan dan kesucian cinta yang tercermin dari Taj Mahal, tersimpan keangkuhan hati manusia? Atau, pernahkah kita menduga, ketulusan cinta Shah Jahan kepada Arjumand Banu, Mumtaz Mahal Sang Penghias Istana, harus ternoda oleh sisi gelap nan menyakitkan? Tatkala Taj Mahal selesai dibangun, kesultanan Mughal justru terkoyak dari dalam istana. ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published 2007 by Mizan Group (first published January 1st 1985)
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Jewel
While reading this book I kept thinking “This author have an ulterior motive!”

Because really, why would an Indian author write a book about one of the best architectural buildings not only in India but the world, and about a ruling family that ruled a vast empire through generations in India, and then just write everything that is bad about it.

I mean so they were exceedingly rich and corrupted and drank like a crazy (all day long) and cared only for their pleasures. So I ask when did they have t
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Nandini
I liked this book. It is historical fiction set in Mughal India. Made for a fascinating read. The story moves in 3 directions simultaneously. A young Shahjahan falling in love with Arjumand (Mumtaz Mahal), an older Shahjahan building his dream or obsession of a Taj Mahal and the story of a poor Hindu carver. The Hindu carver is a symbol of the way Hindus were treated during a predominantly Mughal era.

The hospitality of the famed Rajputs, the Aurangzeb angle - where the author has tried to discu
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Gazala
Mar 17, 2016 Gazala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those historic romance took me a very long time to read. However , it totally makes to the favorites category without much thought.
The intricacies with which the author has woven this saga using facts from the past is praiseworthy.
The journey of love set amidst politics , rebellion and high profile drama , this love is very close to my heart for more reasons than I can mention.
Marcy
Sep 28, 2011 Marcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could have given ten stars for Taj, I would have for this incredible novel! After having visited the Taj Mahal this summer, and learning about the Mughal empire, I adored reading this novel about Shah Jahan and his beloved, Arjumand. At the royal bazaar of Jahanigir, the emperor, son of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors, the prince, Shah Jahan, Jahanigir's son, first gazed at Arjumand, and she gazed at him. They fell in love at first site, and through many years of peace, love, war, an ...more
res
Jan 29, 2009 res rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-so-bad
idealnya 2,5 bintang...Sebuah proporsi yang cukup besar terangkum dalam sebuah peribahasa Mughal : 'TAKTYA TAKHTA?' - Takhta atau Makam?
Ambisi dan kekuasaan. Karma yang berulang saat saudara tega membunuh saudara sekandungnya demi untuk meraih jabatan yang sangat melenakan - SULTAN. Dan dilanggarlah sudah hukum Timurid yang diciptakan leluhur mereka : 'Jangan sakiti saudaramu , meskipun mereka mungkin layak mendapatkannya' !

Gambaran tentang perang , baik itu perilaku primitif agresif-defensif ya
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Adam
Dec 15, 2007 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When his queen Arjumand Banu-Mumtaz-i-Mahal-the Chosen One of the Palace-died, Shah Jahan wanted to build a monument that was the image of his perfect love for her. For twenty-two years, twenty thousand men laboured day and night to fulfill the emperor's obsession. The result was the Taj Mahal, a marble mausoleum lined with gold, silver and precious jewels.

This powerful novel narrates the story of the Taj on two parallel levels. The first one tells the passionate love story of Shah Jahan and Ar
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Rosemary
Fascinating story about a spectacular era in Indian history. Main reasons I did not give it more stars: typos in the text. Needed better proof reading. That is minor. More major is the multitude of voices that tell the story. Sometimes I was not sure who was talking. The book jumps back and forth, telling in bits and pieces the story of the lives of Shah Jahan and his empress, Arjumand Banu, as well as the story of the building of the Taj Mahal, after Arjumand's death in childbirth, following he ...more
Rengganis Primadisa
Sep 14, 2011 Rengganis Primadisa rated it it was amazing
Mungkin seleraku yang aneh atau gimana, tapi ini buku terbaik yang pernah kubaca.

Awalnya aku gak suka baca buku sejarah kayak gini, tapi karena rekomendasi teman akhirnya aku baca buku ini dan WAU! Mungkin aku lebay atau gimana kali ya gak tau juga hahaha tapi pas baca bab 1, rasanya aku gak bisa nafas saking indah dan kerennya susunan kata-kata untuk deskripsi-in cinta pandangan pertama antara Shah Jahan dan Arjumand.

Cerita dan cara penyampaiannya emang bagus dari sananya. Tapi jarang banget a
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Jennifer James
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Dian April
Aku baca versi terjemahan dlm bhs Indonesia. Novel sejarah menurutku. Bagus. Ada sisi nyata yang dibahasakan kembali dan ada sisi fiksi bisa jadi sebenarnya nyata.Sisi gelap dan terang dibalik pembangunan Taj.
Ada kisah cintanya. Dan itu nyata. Nggak picisan, tapi mengharukan. Romantis. Hehe...
Sekaligus tragis. Pergulatan memperebutkan kekuasaan sampai harus mengorbankan nyawa saudara kandung sendiri.
Hiba
Extraordinary! Tantalizing! Intimidating!
A must read for everyone!
The lingering love story on the sidelines between Shah Jehan and Arjumand Banu.
The smouldering sensuality, the riches of the Mughal Empire. The height of a dynasty so bursting with splendour that one never tires reading about it.
The towering yet secretive Taj Mahal, a true page turner and awesome read.
Naomi Pereira
Aug 01, 2011 Naomi Pereira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really takes you back in time to experience life as it was once lived in the 16th century in India during the Mughal reign.Great descriptive imagery of those times,poignant,beautiful & erotic.A love story is finely woven into the tapestry of the various lives where duty precedes all else,power is king and ultimately the fall from grace.
Keith
May 11, 2010 Keith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author kept skipping to the love story and the building of the Taj each chapter. All the even chapters were devoted to the love story and the odd chapters were devoted to the building of the Taj. Just as you got refamilarized with the characters it would switch to the other story. It wasn't to my liking.
Maggie
so interesting to read about the building of the Taj Mahal. Maybe it helps having travelled there? Interesting to note that the original plans included an identical Taj to be built across the river but this time in black marble not white. Found this book took a while to get through but still enjoyed it, even though the author has created a fictional story around an event. Have kept it to re read.
Abby
Jan 02, 2014 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember the last time I read a book so poorly edited. Why put just one comma, why not two? Get to the end of a paragraph and see end quotes...but none that started. Ugh. Plus, it just wasn't as good as others I've read about the era.
Muhammad Ridwan
Feb 08, 2013 Muhammad Ridwan rated it really liked it
Shelves: terjemahan, mizania
Jujur aja, novel berlatarkan sejarah di zaman Kerajaan Mughal, India ini bagus sekali. Perbedaan cerita antara bab ganjil dan bab genap ternyata mampu berkesinambungan. Konflik digambarkan dengan sempurna. Bahasa yang sedikit rumit di awal ternyata semakin membuatku nyaman dan enak sampai usai.
Chetan Bikkina
Dec 04, 2009 Chetan Bikkina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most insighful in the Indian history among all books I have read so far. An beautiful, culturally vibrant and exotic book
Sam
Feb 19, 2009 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and a perfect story - not in terms of everything nice, but in the way in which everything falls into place beautifully. Plus an excellent history lesson.
Simona
Jan 02, 2016 Simona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even it was not easy to read book due to specific vocabulary, it left an amazing impression. Especially if you have ever had a chance to see Taj Mahal it makes it even stronger effect.
Sobia Be
Feb 26, 2011 Sobia Be rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
wonderfully written...really bring back the reader in time....not sure abt the fact though.....feel like visiting the Taj...& doing more research
Shannon Zirkle-prabhakar
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/12768124
Maggie
Nov 08, 2008 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. I loved the history of Mugal India. I would recommend reading this book.
Hilary
Jul 27, 2011 Hilary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall, it was interesting and I learned more about the Taj Mahal than I knew before, but this book really dragged for me. There were only a few parts that were really attention grabbing.
Susan
Mar 16, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a few years ago, and have now read it again and got so much more out of it. Fascinating account of the love story behind the building of the Taj Mahal.
Muhammad_Taufiq
Jun 09, 2011 Muhammad_Taufiq rated it liked it
Kisah cinta dalam balutan arogansi kekuasaan...
Dee
Apr 08, 2011 Dee is currently reading it
"cinta itu pedih, seperti kerinduan yang tidak tercapai."
Siti Awaliyah
Bagusss....jadi tau gimana cerita taj mahal itu sendiri...harusnya gw baca buku ini sebelom gw ke taj mahal, bukan setelah ke taj mahal hehehehehe
Nancy
Aug 03, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot about Mogul Indian culture at the time of building the Taj Mahal. It was a bit hard to follow at first and then it seemed to go on and on. I am glad to be finished at last!
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Timeri Murari is an award winning writer, filmmaker, and playwright, who began his career as journalist on the Kingston Whig Standard in Ontario, Canada. He writes for the Guardian, Sunday Times, and other magazines and newspapers internationally. He has published both fiction and non-fiction, and his bestselling novel, Taj, was translated into 19 lanugages and has recently been reissued by Pengui ...more
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“Isa looked down the river to the Taj Mahal. It shone harshly in the midday sun, the marble glared back at the sky and it stood isolated and alone. It needed a companion of beauty, but there was none in this world. Isa had thought long about the tomb; it had life, it breathed. He imagined the rise and fall of the stone as it sighed. He realized it was lonely. It was a perfect thing in an imperfect world, and that was an awesome burden.” 1 likes
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