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Indu Sundaresan is an Indian-American author of historical fiction.[1]

Indu Sundaresan
Nationality American[citation needed]
Occupation Writer



Her first novel The Twentieth Wife is about how a young widow named Mehrunissa, daughter of Persian refugees and wife of an Afghan commander, becomes Empress of the Mughal Empire under the name of Nur Jahan.[2] Her second novel The Feast of Roses is the sequel to The Twentieth Wife. She is also the author of The Splendor of Silence, historical fiction set in a fictional Indian princely state just before Indian independence in 1947.

Her short fiction has appeared in The Vincent Brothers Review and on[citation needed]


She was born and raised in India as a daughter of an Indian Air Force pilot,[3] who died in a crash while on duty.[citation needed] The family then moved to Bangalore where she collected books eagerly.[citation needed] She then migrated to the United States for graduate studies at the University of Delaware. She has an MS in operations research and an MA in economics.[3] She is married and lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and daughter.[citation needed]



Taj Mahal trilogy
  • Twentieth Wife (2002)
  • The Feast of Roses (2003)
  • Shadow Princess (2010)
  • The Splendour of Silence (2006)
  • In the Convent of Little Flowers (2008)
  • The Mountain of Light (2013)


  1. ^ "Do you know what we read last year?" The Hindu.
  2. ^ "Mesmerised by the Mughal era" The Hindu.
  3. ^ a b "Indu Sundaresan: Biography". Retrieved 19 June 2017. 

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