Completed ! Am really happy that that though I started a week late into the #discoveringindiareadathon I could manage to still do 2 books in 8 days and fulfil 3 prompts. Not bad at all considering that am otherwise a slow reader who likes to savour rather than gulp
Coming to the book, it is written in a diary format with alternate chapters as a diary entry of two European travellers who are working in the Mughal courts. If Niccolao Manucci is a street smart Venetian who picks up his skills from generous teachers in Goa and becomes a much sought after supplier of pleasure drugs, Francois Bernier is a well educated French medical practitioner who becomes the personal physician and later secretary to the Mughal foreign minister. It is interesting to read how both see India differently with a lens that is typically European in its moral bearings.
The book encapsulates events that occur when Dara Shukoh and Aurangzeb are fighting for the throne and tends to reveal their personalities from many angles. Here, I must caution that this is a historical fiction and not everything is true. Much is imagined but also much is researched. An enjoyable read though I wished the language was a little lighter
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