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In the s, the Mughal emperors of India were among the greatest rulers of the East. Jahanara is the daughter of one of these ultra-rich and powerful figures, Shah Jahan The Magnificent.

The oldest and favorite of his children, she is showered with emeralds, diamonds, and rubies, and is attended by numerous servants and learned tutors. Yet, her world is not one of pure c In the s, the Mughal emperors of India were among the greatest rulers of the East.

Yet, her world is not one of pure contentment. It is rife with intrigue and turmoil as her father fights for his rights to rule - and she struggles against the confinement her Muslim religion dictates. Jahanara's diary allows readers to witness the exotic splendor and unforgettable drama of this past great dynasty. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.

More Details Original Title. The Royal Diaries. Jahanara Begum. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Jahanara , please sign up.

How did you get the insperation for this book? See 1 question about Jahanara…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. May 07, Cecily Duffie rated it did not like it.

One star because I loved learning about such a different princess. But every time Lasky writes a non-white, non-European princess she completely whitewashes her and I hate it The only guy around this girl flirts with is a white guy with blue eyes who is supposed to be so handsome. It's completely unrealistic! She's been raised in a place with different cultural norms and standards of beauty and instead of trying to understand that and write it, Lasky ignores it.

The same with Jahanara wearing a One star because I loved learning about such a different princess. The same with Jahanara wearing a miniature of Queen Elizabeth all the time and cheating on fasts during a holy month. She wouldn't do those things. She would think Elizabeth ugly and she would honor her religious commitment. If Lasky is so obsessed with Queen Elizabeth she needs to write only that and leave princesses of color to those who understand and care for them.

View 1 comment. May 11, Mary rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fic-chap , lis CIP Summary: The first line will grab the reader "My father has four wives, but I am the daughter of the one he loves most As a female member of the royal family she leads a cloistered existence behind the opulent screens of the harem, yet her voice and her life feel surprisingly active.

This book is part of the popular "Royal Diaries" series and like othe CIP Summary: The first line will grab the reader "My father has four wives, but I am the daughter of the one he loves most This book is part of the popular "Royal Diaries" series and like other books of this series it should be popular with tween girls And their moms.

Beginning in , Princess Jahanara, first daughter of Shah Jahan of India's Mogul Dynasty writes in diary about political intrigues, weddings, battles, and other experiences of her life. From Hornbook: The daughter of Moghul ruler Shah Jahan, Jahanara is surrounded not only by regal splendor but also by political intrigue. Her diary descriptions of exotic harem life and riches beyond belief are captivating, but the narrative founders at the book's end, attempting to summarize too many years in too few entries.

A family tree, historical note, and archival photos add context. From School Library Journal: Gr Lasky captures the opulence, intrigue, and practices that shape Princess Jahanara's life but distorts historical facts to simplify and heighten its drama.

The daughter of Shah Jahan, famous for building the Taj Mahal, this princess lives a privileged yet restricted existence in purdah, secluded from the world with the rest of her father's harem. Feb 23, Tova rated it did not like it Shelves: childhood , disappointing , female-author , trashy , mc-male , like-i-give-two-shits , dnf , library , religion , middle-grade.

I am speechless with how bad that was. Technically, I skim read this because, after about page 28, I could not do it. Full rant review here! View 2 comments. Jul 12, Jinny rated it really liked it Shelves: india , kids-books , historical , long-series. For those who do not know who Jahanara is, she was the oldest daughter of the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, who bui 3. For those who do not know who Jahanara is, she was the oldest daughter of the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

In this book, Jahanara starts off living with her exiled family, but later on, are returned to their proper places. As a royal female living in India, Jahanara and other ladies are always kept behind screens and are not allowed any contact even eye contact! Much of the book revolves around Jahanara finding things out about her family and her relationships with her family.

The events that do occur, like her father being crowned emperor, are exciting but happen rather infrequently. Much of the book seems to introduce pieces of Indian culture to the reader.

It did get me very interested in Indian culture, in the end! Story-wise, this one was a tad slow moving, but I still liked it quite a bit. Jahanara is the royal princess of India during the Mughal time. I loved this book so much because of the evil in the royal family, I found it so interesting that in such a beautiful and rich household there were still times when one family member plot to kill another. This book was a memory of my childhood because I remember getting told these stories by grandmas when I was younger of how Jahanara the princess was bathed in rose petals and given rubies from the west and how her father build the Jahanara is the royal princess of India during the Mughal time.

This book was a memory of my childhood because I remember getting told these stories by grandmas when I was younger of how Jahanara the princess was bathed in rose petals and given rubies from the west and how her father build the Taj Mahal! I often wonder how it would be like to live your everyday life as royalty, It has always been a sweet dream for me but after reading this book my thoughts have changed because it can be very evil and dangerous in he royal family.

Jan 20, Alivia rated it liked it. If your into history and long lost opinions then you'll love reading the royal diaries by Kathryn Lasky. Jahanara will expand your mind to the unknown suspicions of a royal family. You'll find that even in the circle of trust some of your own will become corrupt to the lust for power. Jahanara will describe the treasures and glory of being a royal.

And owning more than a couple elephants is normal. The immensely different but intriguingly similar tr If your into history and long lost opinions then you'll love reading the royal diaries by Kathryn Lasky. The immensely different but intriguingly similar trials of a teenage girl, should you be at all interested, can intrigue even the more traditional of us.

Enjoy the historic and clever wit of those in power and the strange and cruel reality of being a princess. Jan 05, Ruby rated it did not like it Shelves: dull , historical-fiction.

This book is boring, nothing happens, and it ends abruptly. There are distasteful or gruesome descriptions of some things, and the history Lasky is trying to put in the words of this unrealistic-sounding princess is either dull, violent, or both. That said, I don't recommend it at all, and the same goes for all other Kathryn Lasky books. I have read a couplel of the Guardians of Gahoole books, and they too are violent and slightly creepy to a point where it doesn't matter that the characters are This book is boring, nothing happens, and it ends abruptly.

I have read a couplel of the Guardians of Gahoole books, and they too are violent and slightly creepy to a point where it doesn't matter that the characters are owls: I don't want to read this anymore. In both those books and this one, the story is either distasteful or boring to a point where switching series or books is highly preferable.

Sep 30, Kelsey Hanson rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , fiction. This story was very interesting, particularly because it focuses on a culture that I do not know much about.

Jahanara had a very unique position and was surrounded by court intrigue even though she was still relatively young. It was interesting to see how these political leaders were able to navigate the different cultures and religions.

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In the author's notes at the end of this book, Kathryn Lasky says, "To be the favorite daughter of the Emperor of the World and be steeped in jewels, but to have to always live hidden behind the screens of purity, must have been both wonderful and terrible at the same time. When the story opens, Jahanara's beloved father and his court are in luxurious exile, suspiciously watched for signs of rebellion by a puppet prince controlled by Shah Jahan's stepmother, a cunning, ruthless woman called Nur Mahal aka The Snake, in Jahanara's opinion. By rights Shah Jahan should rule the whole empire, and in a clever plot involving a dramatically faked death, he stages a coup and takes the throne--although he keeps the treacherous Nur Mahal in the palace with his family, apparently agreeing with Don Corleone over the wisdom of keeping one's enemies close at hand. Still, Nur Mahal manages to wield her influence in ways even SHE likely didn't imagine: A couple years earlier, she had taken two of Shah Jahan's sons, Dara and Aurangzeb, hostage, and the return of these children both younger than Jahanara is a greatly-anticipated event.

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After Mumtaz Mahal's untimely death in , the year-old Jahanara took her mother's place as First Lady Padshah Begum of the Mughal Empire , despite the fact that her father had three other wives. She was Shah Jahan's favourite daughter and wielded major political influence during her father's reign, having been described as "the most powerful woman in the empire" at the time. Jahanara was an ardent partisan of her brother Dara Shikoh and supported him as her father's chosen successor. During the war of succession which took place after Shah Jahan's illness in , Jahanara sided with the heir-apparent Dara and ultimately joined her father in Agra Fort , where he had been placed under house arrest by Aurangzeb. A devoted daughter, she took care of Shah Jahan until his death in Sati al-Nisa Khanam was known for her knowledge of the Qur'an and Persian literature as well as for her knowledge of etiquette, housekeeping, and medicine. She also served as principal lady-in-waiting for her mother, Mumtaz Mahal.

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Much like the author, I didn't know much about Indian culture before reading this book, so this really opened my eyes to it. I didn't know stuff like this was still happening there in the and I loved the detail of this book and how I could be there with the royal family. Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, , and knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was ten. She majored in English in college and after graduation wrote for various magazines and taught.

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