Umrao Jan Ada (Google eBook)
Translated from the Urdu by Khushwant Singh. Umrao Jan Ada is perhaps one of the most enigmatic and forgotten female figures in South Asian Literature. The question of her existence, her beauty, her scholarly abilities and her poetic gift remain a mystery. The book is an account of Umrao's life as a Lucknawi courtesan, a nautch girl, delivered in first person by Umrao herself, and documented by a close friend. Written more than a hundred years ago, the novel recreates the gracious ambience of old Lucknow and takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the palaces of wealthy nawabs, the hideouts of the colorful vagabonds and the luxurious abodes of the city's courtesans.
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Review: Umrao Jan AdaUser Review - Megana - Goodreads
I always cry when she meets with her mother towards the end. Read full review
Review: Umrao Jan AdaUser Review - Pari - Goodreads
A great read. A very culturally and historically informative account of an Indian courtesan hundreds of years ago. Because I read an English translation, however, I missed out on the beauty of the ... Read full review