27 February, 2021

Beastly End Of A Beauty

The story of a gentle petite Indian girl in brutal captivity, who astonished friend and foe with her courage and beauty has been written about earlier, but never researched so comprehensively as in this book.

Beastly End Of A Beauty

After Salman Rushdie, few writers tell a good story any more. For those disappointed with modern writing there is the absorbing tale of two emancipated Muslim families of the nineteenth century. Maula Baksh who sang Carnatic and Hindustani vocal with great skill captivates the Maharaja of Mysore in 1860 and is invited to stay on in his capital. Unknown to him, Princess Casimebi, the direct descendant of Tipu Sultan's surviving daughter has been given refuge in Mysore with her two faithful retainers who 'whisked' her away in time before Delhi's fall and plunder by Nicholson's British troops in 1857. Casimebi cannot marry a commoner and Maula Baksh is clearly no commoner. The Bakshs marry and migrate to Baroda where they set up the Gyanshala or Music Academy. Enter Rahmat Khan a Punjabi sufi musician twenty years later, to teach music at the Gyanshala and marries Khatijabi, a daughter of the Maula. Their eldest child -- Inayat is the father of the heroine of the book -- Noor Inayat acquired fame as a Sufi teacher or Mursheed, his publications are on sale today in India...

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