Indu Sundaresan

Indu Sundaresan was born in India and came to the US for graduate school at the University of Delaware. She is the author of The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses, Splendor of Silence, In the Convent of Little Flowers, Shadow Princess, and The Mountain of Light.
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The sweeping Taj Trilogy details the royal court of Mughal India, from Mehrunnisa, the twentieth wife, to Jahanara, daughter of the Taj Mahal.

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September 18, 2013

In THE MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT, Henry Lawrence comes to the Punjab as Resident after the first Anglo-Sikh war. He's a kind man, also appointed guardian to the eight year old heir to the Punjab Empire, Maharajah Dalip Si...ngh.



To Dalip, Henry's a mentor, a father figure--a man for whom Dalip's affections last all his lifetime.



The idea is that the British will retreat after Dalip attains his majority, leaving to him the massive Punjab Empire that his father created...but they don't. Henry's loud and vocal against the annexation of the Punjab to British lands in India.



For his troubles, and... see more

September 18, 2013

George, Lord Auckland, Governor-General of India, brings his sisters, Emily and Fanny Eden, to Maharajah Ranjit Singh's court in November 1838.



The Maharajah is very generous, pays for th...e stay of the entire British contingent, some 25,000 strong, for the two months they are his guests--Auckland comes to ask for help in the war against Afghanistan.



Emily and Fanny both document their visit--Ranjit sends the Kohinoor diamond to their tent; they hold it, admire it.



Something else happens also in THE MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT--I gave Emily almost all of the second chapter of the novel, even... see more

September 06, 2013

The second-to-last Indian owner of the Kohinoor diamond--Ranjit Singh was a one-eyed king, who established the mammoth Punjab Empire.



In November 1838, Lord Auckland, the Governor-General... of India, visits his court with his sisters, Emily and Fanny Eden, to ask for help in the war against Afghanistan.



Paralyzed on part of one side from two strokes at the time, Ranjit can still ride his horse, still holds a firm grip on his empire and his lands. After his death? It's a different story...one you'll read in THE MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT.

September 06, 2013

Most of the action of the first chapter, titled 'Fragment of Light,' is set in the Shalimar Gardens in Lahore, current day Pakistan.



Then? In 1817, Lahore, the gardens built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (SHADOW PRINCESS) belonged to the ruler of the Punjab Empire, Maharajah Ranjit Singh.



Ranjit uses these gardens as a prison, for a royal prisoner. As THE MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT opens, this captive, frustrated and restless in his luxurious surroundings, wrestles with a courtier on a marble platform, on the second terrace of the Shalimar Gardens. The fountains play around them in the pool; the sun is... see more

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