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by Faruqi, Shamsur Rahman

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TitleThe mirror of beauty : being the tale of an extraordinary woman in nineteenth-century India who struggled all her life to choose for herself against all odds
Author / Responsible partyFaruqi, Shamsur Rahman
GenreHistorical fiction.
TopicsHistorical fiction. Young women -- Great Britain -- Fiction. India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947 -- Fiction. India -- Fiction. Delhi (India) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


It is the sunset of the Mughal Empire. The splendour of imperial Delhi flares one last time. The young daughter of a craftsman in the city elopes with an officer of the East India Company. And so we are drawn into the story of Wazir Khanam: a dazzlingly beautiful and fiercely independent woman who takes a series of lovers, including a Navab and a Mughal prince and whom history remembers as the mother of the famous poet Dagh. But it is not just one life that this novel sets out to capture: it paints in rapturous detail an entire civilization. Beginning with the story of an enigmatic and gifted painter in a village near Kishangarh, this novel embarks on an epic journey that sweeps through the death-giving deserts of Rajputana, the verdant valley of Kashmir and the glorious cosmopolis of Delhi, the craft of miniature painting and the art of carpet designing, scintillating musical performances and recurring paintings of mysterious, alluring women. Its scope breathtaking, its language beguiling, and its style sumptuous, this is a work of profound beauty, depth and power.

Additional Information

System control numberS11328
Original Print PublisherNew Delhi, India : Penguin, 2013.
Narrator NameLeslee Mordaunt.
Narrators GenderFemale narrator