|Copyright A Homemaker's Utopia|
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Akbar could see only the heat-broiled plains beyond the Yamuna river,dotted here and there with stunted trees.But somewhere out there,in the dust of the plains,its sandstone buildings decaying,lay the city of Fatepur Sikri.The city he had built for Salim.
On the flip side,Akbar commands Ghias to give Mehrunnisa's hand to an army man Ali-Quli (titled as Sher Afghan),which is complete mismatch for her in every manner..Despite of the age gap and all,she unwillingly agrees to marry him considering her father's reputation in to account..Also Salim fails to convince Akbar to stop this marriage..Mehrunnisa was only 17 years old when she married Ali Quli..For many years,the couple were childless and also their marriage proved to be a painful compromise for Mehrunnisa..Though she was married to Ali Quli,she keep thinking about Salim and starves for his sight even after her thirteen years of marriage..Now,could their paths ever crossed again ? Already wedded for 19 times,Salim still wants to marry a 34 year mother of a girl child ? Is Mehrunnisa's love pure or selfish ?' The plot thickens further with so many twists and turns..
He had wanted her longer than he had wanted the throne.It was not just that she was beautiful woman.Beautiful women he could command at the snap of his fingers,the merest inclination of his head..He admired her fierce independence,her deep sense of self,her conviction about her actions.She scorned the rules,trod on them.
Everyone sensed that this marriage would be unusual..For the first time in his forty-two years,Jahangir had made his own choice,motivated by a charming pair of azure eyes and a bewitching smile,not by political strategy.
Publisher : Harper Collins