The Mirror of Beauty

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  • Hardcover
  • 984
  • The Mirror of Beauty
  • Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
  • English
  • 09 September 2019
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About the Author: Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

The Mirror of Beauty Kindle ☆ The Mirror ePUB mirror download, beauty free, The Mirror kindle, The Mirror of BeautyThe Mirror of Beauty MOBIShamsur Rahman Faruqi Urdu born January , is an Indian poet and one of the leading Urdu critics and theorists He is regarded as the TS Eliot of Urdu criticism and has formulated fresh models of literary appreciation He absorbed western principles of literary criticism and subsequently applied them to Urdu literature, but only after adapting them to address literary aesthetics The Mirror ePUB ´ native to Arabic, Persian, and Urdu He was born on January in India He received his Master of Arts MA degree in English from Allahabad University in He began writing in Initially he worked for the Indian postal service , and then as a chief postmaster general and member of the Postal Services Board, New Delhi until He was also editor of his literary magazine Shabkhoon and part time professor at the South Asia Regional Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania An expert in classical prosody and ilm e bayan the science of poetic discourse , he has contributed to modern literary discourse with a profundity rarely seen in contemporary Urdu critics He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards Most recently he was awarded the prestigious Saraswati Samman for his work She r e Shor Angez, a four volume study of the eighteenth century poet Mir Taqi MirHe was awarded the Saraswati Samman, a prestigious literary award in India in .


The Mirror of BeautyThe Mirror of Beauty Kindle ☆ The Mirror ePUB mirror download, beauty free, The Mirror kindle, The Mirror of BeautyThe Mirror of Beauty MOBIIt 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 The Mirror ePUB ´ 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 civilizationBeginning with the story of an enigmatic and gifted painter in a village near Kishangarh, The Mirror of Beauty 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.

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  1. Lisa says:

    always interesting to discover a whole new culture through reading As a teenager I discovered the world of 18th and 19th century Britain through the great classics of English literature, and throughout my life I ve read European literature about the period, but until now with the exception of The Siege of Krishnapur by the Anglo Irish author J.G Farrell I had read almost nothing of 19th century life in India The Mirror of Beauty plugs this gap with a sumptuous portrait of the Mughal Empire, always interesting to discover a whole new culture through reading As a teenager I discovered the world of 18th and 19th century Britain through the great classics of English literature, and throughout my life I ve read European literature about the period, but until now with the exception of The Siege of Krishnapur by the Anglo Irish author J.G Farrell I had read almost nothing of 19th century life in India The Mirror of Beauty plugs this gap with a sumptuous portrait of the Mughal Empire, narrated by a variety of voices.The novel is derived from the real life story of Wazir Khanam, the mother of the famous Indian poet Dagh and her lineage of artistic ancestors a painter called Mian Makhsusullah, Salimah his wife, and their son Muhammad Yahya and his wife Bashirunnisa They have twin sons who are musicians, Yaqub and Daud Badgami, married to Jamila and Habiba Muhammad Yusuf Sadahkar is the son of Yaqub and Jamila, and he is a craftsman in gold and silver These ancestors represent the culture of artisanship which flourished in the Mughal civilisation.But of course, all these creative ancestors are male, and the triumph of this novel is to depict the life of a strong and decisive woman while also showing with disconcerting clarity just how circumscribed women s lives were in this period of India s history Their sphere is entirely domestic They may, as Wazir does, compose poetry, but they may not submit it anywhere or participate in the literary world Women are expected to observe purdah, so that men cannot see them They must cover themselves in the presence of men, and must observe physical segregation, unable to leave zenanah, i.e the spaces set aside for them They have very little agency in their own lives Wazir is the youngest of three sisters, but she eschews the cultural norms of her society Her sisters do what is expected of them Anwari marries respectably at twelve years of age and lives a pious life and Manjhli becomes, like her mother, a docile courtesan But Wazir Khanam is fiercely independent, wilful and proud She is not interested in applying herself to anything much except the art of pleasing men in order to command them.Faruqi, who is a leading Indian poet and expert in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu literature, has created a brilliant novel that traces the ups and downs of a dynamic, unforgettable character negotiating power during the decline of the Mughals To read the rest of my review please visit

  2. MadHatter says:

    This was a beautiful novel that required effort, patience, and dedication to truly appreciate Faruqi obviously used all those virtues when it came to writing out the minutest details be it about clothing, cuisine, crafts, decor architecture, social protocols and etiquettes, and of course history Additionally, all of these categories are further segmented and vary depending upon the social status and class of the character being described It is a lot to take in and follow, but extremely enri This was a beautiful novel that required effort, patience, and dedication to truly appreciate Faruqi obviously used all those virtues when it came to writing out the minutest details be it about clothing, cuisine, crafts, decor architecture, social protocols and etiquettes, and of course history Additionally, all of these categories are further segmented and vary depending upon the social status and class of the character being described It is a lot to take in and follow, but extremely enriching to be able to intimately understand and vicariously partake in a lifestyle that has now been lost to time.He also picked the most beautiful, relevant verses of poetry to frame and enhance the moods of many different situations throughout the book although I m sure they were muchmoving in the original Urdu Farsi Arabic forms The novel is a veritable smorgasbord of famous poets from Ghalib to Hafiz to Wazir s own son, Daag You will be a quasi connoisseur of South Asian poetry by the end of the novel and feel as though you have attended many a mushaira having absorbed their unique ambiance through Faruqi s diction wah wah, bhai Although I appreciated the painstakingly descriptive details, what really left an impression on me was the way Faruqi was able to write so intimately from a woman s point of view her innermost reflections and worries, and simply the manner in which her train of thought flows I was able to identify strongly with those descriptions It was surprising not to sound sexist that a man was able to capture and recreate those sentiments felt by a woman in ecstasy, in insecurity, and in grief so accurately, so truthfully, through his prose Particularly when woman scoffs at the fickle, selfish nature of man Woman truly was made to handle pain.Throughout the novel my heart melted and broke with Wazir s, and it made me realize as a life lesson that even when one s personal world seems like it has ended it hasn t There s a quote from the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel that sums it up, Everything will be alright in the end if it s not all right then it s not yet the end That definitely applies to Wazir s life which seems too painful and unfair for one woman to bear at times, yet it balances out with the moments of perfect and exquisite happiness she also gets to experience Regardless, her life kept swinging from one extreme to the other, and it makes me feel grateful for what little I have to put up with in comparison In this sense, reading her story can be very therapeutic The novel is by no means perfect, and due to the integrity to history and detail that Faruqi maintains the organization and flow of the novel can be a bit rough However, somebody who appreciates detail will be able to overlook and forgive this factor It took me about 2 months to finish reading My only wish is if a print of Wazir s portrait could have been located and published with the novel if it exists , it would have sated my captivated curiosity This book will also make you detest the overly entitled British squatters view spoiler LEAVE SHAMSUDDIN ALONE LEAVE HIM ALONE T T hide spoiler Also only Faruqi could make a man eating paan or betel leaf sound so fricken attractive It s safe to say I never thought that side effects of dudes chomping paan would make me swoon, but the description of the reddened lips was quite enticing.To risk sounding like the grandfather from the Princess Bride, this novel isn t just about a woman and her relationships, it s about a whole civilization and way of life that used to exist it literally encompasses a bit of everything you can possibly think of from the tail end of the Mughal Era This includes bandits, royalty, carpet weavers, painters, musicians, poets, elephants, magic, romance, plots, intrigue, torture, triangles, and treason Oh and of course mawwiage Mawwiage is wot bwings us togebah tohday I end this review with an excerpt of a poem quoted in the novel that touched my heart I did not taste even a little of the sweet tasteof his ruby lipsAnd he went away.I did not look enough at his moon like faceAnd he went away.It was as if he was tired and bored with my company,He packed his bags I could not catch even the dust of his feetAnd he went away.They cheated me they said, he will pass by me.So did you see I was fooledAnd he went away.He walked, proud and swaying this way and thatIn the garden of beauty, elegance, and grace,I did not get to walk in the garden of union with himAnd he went away.Like Hafiz, all nightlong I wept and lamented Woe, oh woe is me I could not attain union with himAnd he went away Hafiz Shirazi

  3. Vibina Narayan says:

    Requires tremendous amount of patience and dedication to finish it. I almost left it in between but just had a hunch to not do so. and my hunch proved right. because long after Wazir leaves from the pages of your book it being the last page your heart still lingers around the pains of her cursed love life this beautiful woman had to go through despite being blessed with impeccable looks That , along with, the detailed description of the colonial and Mughal lifestyle starting from the food Requires tremendous amount of patience and dedication to finish it. I almost left it in between but just had a hunch to not do so. and my hunch proved right. because long after Wazir leaves from the pages of your book it being the last page your heart still lingers around the pains of her cursed love life this beautiful woman had to go through despite being blessed with impeccable looks That , along with, the detailed description of the colonial and Mughal lifestyle starting from the food sold in the street bazaars in Delhi to the tunics worn by every character and there s an innumerable lot and the famous verses of the elite poets of the time Ghalib, Dagh etc this book can well be claimed to be the Indian version of War Peace Worth a read anytime

  4. Hafsa says:

    You need a bit of patience for this book, but if you can muster it, then it will be worth it The poetry, lengthy descriptions of space people, and historical events there is a lot of work that has went into it For those who are interested in the Mughal period early colonial rule, this would be of particular interest The pages devoted to Wazir Khanums beauty got a bit too male gaze for me after some timeand I would say that is the books main weakness.

  5. Sadiq Kazi says:

    An extremely slow readprobably the longest it has taken me to complete a novel And yet, lyrical, poetic, an ode to a time gone by, much before the time we live in Wazir Khanam, Salaam Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Salaam I wish I could read Urdu in which the original was written, and yet, even in English, each page was meant to be langorously, indulgently savoured.

  6. Aditi says:

    Mirror of Beauty is about Wazir Khanam a strikingly beautiful young woman and her journey through life, men, and her struggle to survive on her own terms If you like historical books, there are elements of this book you will absolutely love The story in itself is a great tale of a woman choosing her own path, and living life on her own terms in a time when this was unknown of Set during the decline of the Mughal rule and right before the revolt of 1857 Wazir chooses her own path She partne Mirror of Beauty is about Wazir Khanam a strikingly beautiful young woman and her journey through life, men, and her struggle to survive on her own terms If you like historical books, there are elements of this book you will absolutely love The story in itself is a great tale of a woman choosing her own path, and living life on her own terms in a time when this was unknown of Set during the decline of the Mughal rule and right before the revolt of 1857 Wazir chooses her own path She partners with the men she loves not those chosen by her family, or deemed marriage able she has relationships and bears children despite no promises of marriage and she keeps her dignity despite how people judge her Apart from this, the author s detailed descriptions of the era the clothes, the architecture, the food and customs are stunning and help transport you back to the time And lastly, interspersed with this a liberal dose of poetry from some of the greats like Ghalib, Naushad and Mir Taqi Mir But some of the best parts are also in my view some of the books failings While the detailed descriptions help create atmosphere, at times these are distracting and take you away from the main story When one of the heroes is planning to assassinate a British officer, we suddenly have a detailed description of 4 pages of the architecture of the city And within the same story line a few pages later we diverge off for another 8 pages on the history of different types of rifles.Some of the descriptions while keeping to the tone of high praise of that era also seem fairly ridiculous Some examples each hair of his beard and moustaches trimmed just so, like the bezel of a gemstone and the delicate, smooth length of her wrists and forearms radiant, like purple flames.And lastly the poetry I suppose there are some of you who love poetry so much, these are your favorite parts But I found it overdone There was just too much poetry interrupting every conversation When Wazir and her lover are about to have sex, they are instead engaged in a poetry debate when a maid is helping her change her clothes they are quoting poetry I understand this may have been the manner of conversation in the time but honestly you do get a tired of a book where folks aren t able to say a simple thing like I want to go to the bathroom without quoting a couple of lines of poetry

  7. Salma Omar says:

    A true masterpiece I read this book in English and then it s original version in Urdu While the English one is very close to the original, the language does not lend itself to the idioms and expressions of Urdu s finesse Still, a captivating read of a woman in pre 1857 era who lived her life on her own terms The book does not just narrate her story but of the entire culture of Delhi that flourished through poetry, beliefs, architecture, painting and other refined arts Wazir Khanum is a jewe A true masterpiece I read this book in English and then it s original version in Urdu While the English one is very close to the original, the language does not lend itself to the idioms and expressions of Urdu s finesse Still, a captivating read of a woman in pre 1857 era who lived her life on her own terms The book does not just narrate her story but of the entire culture of Delhi that flourished through poetry, beliefs, architecture, painting and other refined arts Wazir Khanum is a jewel of this culture, much desired, much sought but dignified enough to want and achieve a life of respect

  8. Shreeja Keyal Kanoria says:

    One of the most beautiful books I ve read in recent times The author recreates the 19th century Delhi of poets, sinking realms, continuing tradition and norms, powerhungry Britishers and bares Delhi s soul through the poets SO glad to have read this rare beauty

  9. Deepan Banati says:

    Its the best book I have read in years

  10. Amrita Shodhan says:

    Lovely summer read The translation made me want to see the original Urdu words.