July 29, 2021

KITAAB

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The Mughal saga is slowing down

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Review of Alex Rutherford’s The Serpent’s Tooth in The Asian Age

When you count Genghis Khan, Tamerlane — or Timur Lang as this part of the world knows him — Babur and Akbar as your ancestors, there’s not much you can do to outshine them to ensure your place in history. Unless, of course, you build the Taj Mahal.
That and the fact that he sired Aurangzeb, one of the most despotic emperors to have ruled Hindustan, ensured that the fifth Mughul emperor Shah Jahan held his own in the pages of Indian history.

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