Jahanara is one brave girl 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 having gems gifted would be an everyday thing And owning than a couple elephants is normal The immensely different but intriguingly similar trials of a teenage girl, should you be at all interested, can intrigue even the traditional of us Enjoy the historic and clever wit of those in power and the strange and cruel reality of being a princess.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 owls I don t want to read this any 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.
This is okay It s nonEurocentric, which is nice, and has an engaging story Unfortunately, I don t think it was structured very well However, the details are lovely and Jahanara has an engaging voice Good for kids interested in princesses not European.
I loved this book I really like the Princess Diaries Series.
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 , it sure grabbed me The main character of this diary style book is Princess Jahanara, daughter of 17th century Indian Emperor Shah Jahan 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 other books of this series it should be popular with tween girls And their moms.
Beginning in 1627, 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 4 7 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.
5, but I rounded up for Goodreads.
In comparison to the rest of the Royal Diaries series, it s less exciting, however, I still find Jahanara to be an excellent book, especially as a starting point to get kids interested in Indian culture I read this book for the first time in late elementary early middle school and I remember it was this book that got me interested in the culture 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 Her father becomes emperor and Jahanara is granted the title Princess of Princesses 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 with men, other than family members and eunachs Still, Jahanara proves to be a valuable member of the family as she tries to keep harmony between her scheming brother, evil step grandmother, and the rest of the family.
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 I didn t really mind that since it still flowed with the story and never did I feel like I was reading a textbook or anything 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 I m pretty excited to start reading historical fiction about Jahanara because she was so well respected in her time, and from what I read online, is still well known in India today.