24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A good introduction to the history of 18th century Daccan,
By A Customer
This review is from: White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-century India (Hardcover)
When I first got the book I was a bit alarmed - it looked like I'd bought a historical romantic novel. Not a bit!
It feels as though Darylmple has built a web around the central theme of the relationship between Kirkpatrick and Kahir-un-Nissa. Certainly the relationship itself would have been intruiging as the lady was descended from a very orthodox family but the author explores a whole raft of social, political and military history issues from 18th century India : Tipu Sultan of Bengal, the Marathas, the decline of the Mughal empire, the British and of course the domain of the Daccani rulers centered at Hydrabad.
The writing is marvellous. Darylmple has also done a very scholarly piece of work. Throughout there are excellent references and footnotes. It also appears to be a bit of a personal quest for him that started at with his "City of Djinns" and has come to a very interesting juncture here.
I had wanted to read something like this for a long time and will certainly persue some of Darylmple's references to learn more about this period of Indian and indeed British history.