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Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
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Mar 18, 2012

really liked it

This book starts off with a grandma telling her two granddaughters the story of how they have royal blood in them. She says that there is a story that they must know that is crucial to their history. And the story of Jahanara, the main character in this book, and her childhood in Agra, India begins. She is the daughter of Shah Jahan, the emperor, and his wife Arjumand. Arjumand wasn't just another one of the emperor's wife. She was who he truly loved. As Jahanara grows up besides her brothers and sisters she starts to notice that Aurangzeb doesn't really like her whereas Dara, another one of her brothers, does. What Aurangzeb does to prove he dislikes her really impresses her, for she knows he'll go as far as to kill her. Soon she gets married to a man her father assigns for her. Even though, she is very unhappy she tries to make it work just like her parents did. Unfortunately it does not. Later on when her mom gets pregnant again, for the 15th time, her mom asks her to be there. Unfortunately, Arjumand dies. However the emperor promises to build her something that will show how much he loves her and will keep her memory living on forever. Then very soon he starts to build the Taj Mahal. With that comes Jahanara's opportunity to find love. She falls in love with the architect of the Taj Mahal.
This is a very beautiful story. It is historically accurate, and it also gives many interesting facts about hoe the Taj Mahal came to be. It's an amazing love story!
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Vicar Sayeedi Thanks for this review, Dania. The story of this family is truly fascinating and tragic at the same time. So much blood was spilt in pursuit of the Mughal Throne of Hindustan.

I've researched the story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz, along with the corresponding period in Mughal and world history to write my new novel, "Legacy of The Peacock Throne" and I must say it's difficult to swallow all that happened inside Lal Qila. Thanks, again.

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