“The Mirror of Beauty” is a translation of the original 2006 Urdu-language novel “Ka’i Chand The Sar-e-Aasmaan” by its author, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi. The book is a 984-page fictional account about the life and times of Wazir Khanam, the mother of the famed Urdu poet Daag Dehalvi, set mostly in Delhi and its environs during the 19th century.
Mr. Faruqi, 78, who retired as a top bureaucrat in the Indian Postal Service, is a leading figure of Urdu literary criticism. Here is an interview with him, as published on The New York Times website:
And click here for a very generous review in DNA India, on the book: http://www.dnaindia.com/lifestyle/1863591/review-book-review-the-mirror-of-beauty
While we at the Urduwalllahs haven’t delved into the pre-1857 Indi-Islamic world sketched by Mr. Faruqi yet, we definitely recommend this as a worthwhile read.
Do share your thoughts on the book with us, once you’re done with the tome.