Author: Nazir Ahmad
Translator: G E WARD
Publisher: Permanent Black
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178240211
A gripping tale of life in Delhi a hundred years ago.
Titled Mirat ul-'Arus in Urdu this book tells a gripping tale of two sisters Asghari and Akbari. Married to two brothers in Delhi, circa 1860.O sister has every advantage - and sees her life collapse around her. The other faces grave difficulties - but eventually comes to dominate her world.
Muslim family and social life in old Delhi with its crowded markets and narrow lanes, its festivals and weddings, moneylenders and cheats, spiteful servants and machinating mothers, has never been so vividly and energetically portrayed as in this novel, the bestseller in Urdu.
This book has sold over 100,000 copies within a few years of its release in 1869. This translation, done in 1903 by an admiring Englishman, is a classic now back in print after a century. Frances W Pritchett provides its historical and critical context in her lucid Afterword.
The Bride's Mirror
Afterword by Frances W Pritchett