The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857
I had ordered a whole bunch of books on Near East and Islamic history and this one arrived at the library first. My intention was to work forward from ancient times to the present day. But then I saw from the cover that ...more
Bahadur Shah Zafar was the last Mughal, a king in name only,one left with just a title and confined to Delhi, by th ...more
...There was a feeling that technologically, economically and politi...more
The Mughal Empire was known for its tolerance and usually treated Muslims and Hindus equally. At the end of the Delhi battle, the Muslims get the lion's share of the blame while mainly high-caste Hindu sepoys comprised the majority of the rebel forces and were the primary instigators. The Hindus re ...more
Publishers: Penguin Viking
Published In: 2006
Price: Rs 695
BY Sandhya Iyer
Last glow of light
Being fairly intrigued by Mughal history, Dalrymple has always been one author whose books I’ve wanted to read. I missed out on his White Mughals but got an opportunity to read The Last Mughal and must say, it turned out to be every bit the rich, luxuriant and fascinating experience I imagined it to be.
I must confess here that I have no problems w ...more
It'll be a while before I get over the emotional trauma bore by my conscience to be able to write a befitting review.
Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, was a mystic, an accomplished poet and a skilled calligrapher. But while his Mughal ancestors had controlled most of India, the aged Zafar was king in name only. ...more
The boo ...more
As the author himself says, it is astonishing that there was an avalanche of fascinating primary source materials (petitions, letters of complaint, official reports, etc.) about the 1857 uprising of the people of India against their colonial masters, a ...more
I cannot help but recall these words, after reading William Dalrymple's brilliant
"The Last Mughal".
William Dalrymple's latest book uses Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last emperor of the Mughal dynasty, to recreate the vibrant city of Delhi, in the 1850's. A culturally diverse, almost cosmopolitan city, of which Bahadur Shah ...more
William Dalrymple, in my opinion, took on a lot when he chose to write a book about the Revolution of 1857. It's a subject visited in Indian history books many, many times, and most people (myself included) think they already know everything there is to be said about that event.
The beautiful thing, though, is that he proved me completely wrong, by retelling the tale in a whole new way. Fundamentally, he did two things. First, he used multiple so ...more
The book is about Delhi during the Indian Mutiny of 1857, and about the fall of the Mughals. I came out of reading this book disgusted and angry with both sides, and very sad for all the horrible things that happened in Delhi at that time. To think that Chandni Chowk, my favorite spot in Delhi, was the place of su ...more
It also made me see the monuments li ...more
"...It was all in all, a very odd sort of religious war. where a Muslim emperor was pushed into rebellion against his Christian oppresso ...more
What makes it even better is that he has been very rigorous, citing sources and taking minimum liberties and narrates like an unbiased spectator however not refraining from deriving ...more
It is abundantly detailed in its investigation of the events of those few months in Delhi and adequately meandering for the same reason. History needs to be studied through a ...more
Reading history probably could not be more interesting. An intriguing narration of the 1957 Sepoy Mutiny. Documenting the events in the way a modern journalist reports about war or a terror strike, William Dalrymple has narrated the events and the circumstances leading to the mutiny, the mutiny itself, the causes of its failure and the aftermath, even assuming its effect in the shaping of India.
What makes the reading a pleasure is the simple and sometime humorous tone Dalrymple has taken to desc...more
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In 1989 Dalrymple moved to Delhi where he lived for six years ...more