In this evocative study of the fall of the Mughal Empire and the beginning of the Raj, award-winning historian William Dalrymple uses previously undiscovered. By: William Dalrymple Media of The Last Mughal This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who. Buy The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, by William Dalrymple (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery.

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You could be an expert in your field, having worked your way through every bit of ponderous tome you could ever read, but when it comes to creating a story dalrymppe of it, a clear thread that runs through every bit of knowledge that you have – and to be able to share it with a reader, who comes with a background of having been told fuck-all in his school I believe that one of the first things that need to be done after reading a book such as this to literally take a bow to the author for his efforts.

Four months later, the British took Delhi, the capital, with catastrophic results. Diaries, letters and other personal accounts provide a vivid first-hand account. I was searching something interesting, something exceptionally intriguing! One young officer wrote to his mother about the assault on Delhi: Nonetheless, Zafar—a mystic, poet, and calligrapher of great accomplishment—created a court of unparalleled brilliance, and gave rise to perhaps dalrgmple greatest literary renaissance in modern Indian history.

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He was not particularly good or bad. She spoke English fluently because it was her first language. I like how Dalrymple deconstructs secondary events that only a caring historian’s eye can catch. She wasn’t a religious fundamentalist, she didn’thave a beard, she didn’t organise rallies where everyone shouts: He had been banished not so much for what he did during the mutiny as for what he represented to the mutineers – Hindus as well as Muslims – who regarded him as the touchstone of an old and deeply rooted way of life which the Victorian Evangelicals, who dominated the making and execution of British policy, were determined to replace with the prejudices and habits of muscular Christianity.

This part in general is an interesting insight into a world that was lost and forgotten after – when a fair amount of Brits intermingled and lived with Delhi-ites, primarily the elite of the Mughal court again, a nominal authority by that timewhen mushairas and ghazals and Ghalib were all real, and not stuff of urban legend that we sometimes intriguingly look back to. And maybe some of the worst parts of the partition of India would not have happened.


At the same time the story describes the gradual fall of a colossal dynasty, whose magnificence once attracted the whole world towards Indian sub-continent. To the book itself then. The best part of the book, apart from the most wonderful language and detailed research, is the way author has made efforts to introduce the whole scenario along with the culture of that era to the readers.

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, by William Dalrymple

Mr Dalrymple is a guy who is fond of Delhi, and that just shows through on each and every page. I’ve always been a history buff, especially British history, and this is one chapter in history that I had no clue about before.

Delhi, however, was a profoundly Muslim city at this time, unlike Lucknow, Calcutta and other centres that had found certain western habits attractive and were beginning to evolve into multicultural cities. Aug 06, D. The publisher also put no muhgal into creating the ebook. But just for that genuineness, hats off.

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I had no idea that the rebellion had such tremendous effect on Delhi. A warning, however – buy a hard copy of this book. Pages with related products. Few days ago I was wandering in a bookstore and was in a dilemma about what to buy.

He writes with vividness, color, and a stunning quantity of detail not all of which is relevant, strictly speaking, but all of which is neat–my favorite tidbit from White M is that “shampoo” was originally Indian, brought West by men whose wives or concubines convinced them that having their hair smell better than if they washed it with soap was important, the use of which then got said soldiers derided as effeminatein this book about the mutiny that I had last studied in 10th grade.

For the first time the story of the Sepoy Rebellion is told from both sides.

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Initially, it was a composite assault by both Hindus and muslims on the British rule but gradually, the jihadi elements among the muslims took control and when they entered Delhi, they totally massacred the Christians read British there brutally, regardless of women and children. At the end of the Delhi battle, the Muslims get the lion’s share of the blame while mainly high-caste Hindu sepoys comprised the majority of the rebel forces and were the primary instigators. Mr Fazl though, wouldn’t haul ass beyond heaping glory on the emperor, with a million titles and one.


Mar 27, Pages. He never forgot the central importance of preserving the bond between his Hindu and Muslim subjects, which he always recognised was the central stitching that held his capital city together. Feb 26, Prashant R rated it it was amazing. Return of a King: If Dalrymple wrote more of our textbooks, I’ve sure young people would stop seeing history as a staid and boring subject, and be able to relate, engage and learn from it.

When, in MayZafar was declared the leader of an uprising against the British, he was powerless to resist though he strongly suspected that the action was doomed.

Atrocities against the British were williak committed at Kanpur, where women and children were butchered without mercy, too, which guaranteed the appalling retribution that followed when the rebellion was put down.

John Nicholson, who became a cult figure among his native troops they thought he was an incarnation of Vishnu and his fellow countrymen, proposed “a bill for the flaying alive, impalement or burning of the murderers of the [British] women and children of Delhi”; and one of his soldiers a Quaker, no less habitually bayonetted sepoys while chanting Psalm So the greased cartridges that offended the highly caste-sensitive upper caste Hindu’s and the Muslim sipahis was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

The further backward you look Dalrympl it was indeed experiencing history. Yes, ending ‘The Last Mughal’ with the death of the last Mughal makes sense, but another chapter covering the transition from the British East India Company to the British Raj would be help finish the story.

Other observers were gleefully explicit that the short rope was a deliberate strategy to prolong the death of the victim.

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The coincidence was clearly the Working of Fate, so I surrendered to the tides of time and plunged into the waters of the River Jumna to relive the last days of Zafar: Inside, it was the same story. So much goes behind in any generic sounding ‘uprising’ or ‘mutiny’. British retribution to Cawnpur Massacre was absolutely shocking; I cannot imagine that a so-called most civilized nation of that time could resort to such barbarity and insensitivity.

Every chapter of The Last Mughal has historical echoes that are still desperately relevant today. A magnificent work of Indian history!