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Mughal Romance

Mughal Romance
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Item Code: IHL503
Author: Ghob Singh Verma
Publisher: Prakash Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 9788172340803
Pages: 180 (8 Color Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Preface

‘Mughal Romance' is Mughal history fictionalised. The book is die formidable collection of erotica which in itself is a great revelation. This erotically appealing love treatise is replete with unnerving, and at the same time, entertaining stories which will leave you enraptured and enthralled. It is like a multicoloured tapestry woven thick with liasions of emperors, princes, queens, princesses and commoners alike, based on the accounts of the contemporary historians, chroniclers and travellers. It is strewn with erotic verses, lyrics, couplers, and Persian and Sanskrit odes, which serves as a golden thread interfacing the tapestry. The author takes you on a filght to the ethereal regions of romantic escapades, torrid affairs, and lascivious frolics of the sultans of Malwa. The book portrays, in graphic details, the sensual peccadilloes of the bored, restless shrinking violets’ - the Mughal princesses. History is a long and tedious task of recording the toll of human life and the utter devastations wreaked by the sword and the bullet — but this treatise, though in the form of fiction, vividly and fascinatingly records the ruins and havocs left in their wake by love affairs, court intrigues, envies, jealousies, terrible vengeance, etc. A wholly abosorbing account of incidents and anecdotes which will quicken the reader’s heartbeats and leave him spellbound.

I am thankful to the Archaelogical Survey of India, Agra’s Librarian, Mr. R.S. Dube for according me various facilities.

I am grateful to my wife, Mrs. Jaya and children who bore with me during my preoccupations with this write-up, giving me the benefit of their patience in good measures.

My ample thanks are due to Mr. S.N. Mudgal for his special linguistic contribution to the manuscript of this work. I am also thankful to Mr. Ashwani Sabharwal, Chief Executive of Prakash Books and other members of the team far the publication and timely release of the book.

Contents

I Babur and Humayun
Paradise Lands 1
II Akbar
1. Birth of an Emperor 9
2. When an Avenging Arrow Struck Akbar 11
3. The Ever Expanding Seraglio of Akba1 13
4. Akbar’s jamboree: The Nauroz (A New Year Day) Celebrations 15
5. Two Love Tragedies Which Shook Agra 17
6. A Lucky Rocky Ridge 25
7. Meena Bazaar (A Fancy Fair of Fair Sex). 29
8. When A Saint Browbeat The Mighty Emperor 31
9. How Akbar Satisfied His Curiosities 34
10. Faqirs Who Proved to be Deceitful and Coward 38
11. Birbal-Whose Death Akbar Mourned Twice 40
III Malwa, Mandu and its Sultans
1. Malwa; An Abode of Kamdeva 45
2. Mandu: The City of joy 46
3. An Octogenarian, Licentious Sultan 48
4. A Patricide, Drowned In the pond (of Sex) 52
5. Akbar And Malwa’s Cultural Renaissance Under Baz Bahadur-Rupmati 55
IV Jahangir
1. Baby Salim — A Darling of All 60
2. A Prince Soaked in Wine And Sunk in Women 63
3. An Adolescent Prince — Shahzada Salim 67
4. The Honeymoon of A Dewy-eyed Royal Couple 69
5. The Rebels’ Secret Rendezvous at Jagner 75
6. A Trinity of Jahangir-Nur Jahan - Sher Afghan 79
7. Nur Jahan The Most Privileged Mughal Empress 83
8. A Henpecked Emperor 87
9. A Lover of Flattery And Justice 91
V Shah Jahan
1. A Ne’er Lust - Wearied Monarch. 94
2. An Ever Expecting Queen 98
3. A Possessive Father 100
4. How the Portuguese Escaped the Wrath of Shah Jahan 102
5. A Lascivious Princess 104
6. When Prince Dara Became Victim of a Courtesan 109
VI Aurangzeb
1. When Aurangzeb Painted on Seeing A Damsel 112
2. The Last Days of A Captive Monarch 116
3. An Amorous Sister Roshanara 103
4. Marriages Among Royal Cousins 125
5. How The Mughals Flouted Their own Regulations 152
6. When An Envious King Disgraced His Wazir 154
7. Her Beauty Killed Her 139
8. A 17th Century General Loved His Wives so Much that He Killed Them 144
9. A Rangeela Badshah 146
10. Gunna Begum — A Talented Beauty who was Married to a Wazir but Ended up as a Bondmaid 150
VII Later Mughals — the Nominal Sovereigns of Delhi.
1. Delhi Under the Dominion of the Lord of n Misrule Jahandar Shah and Lal Kunwar 153
2. Delhi Ruled by Debauch Emperors, Queen Mother and an All-Powerful Eunuch 158
3. Mughlani Begum — an Agent and Procuress of Ahmed Shah Abdali. 158
VIII Appendices:
A. The Title Names of Queens and Princesses 171
B. The Title Names of Mistresses and Concubines 175
C. The Names of Matrons 174
D. Title Names of the Superintendents of the Dancers and the Singers 175
E. Title Names of Principal Slave-Women 177
F. Genealogy of Great Mughals 178
G. Genealogy of Later Mughals 179

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