Kaee Chaand Thay Sar-e-Aasmaan
Shams ur Rehman Farooqi
Perhaps one the strongest novel that came out in last decade or so. The novel revolves around the life of Wazir Khanum, mother of the famous Urdu poet Daagh Dehlvi. The novel spans over a century and a half and describes the culture and lifestyle of Indian Muslims in a detailed manner. The decay of Muslim rule and rise of British influence in India is also an underlying subject. Faruqi has put in so much research in his work that events described in the novel have been quoted by other authors as history. If you’re a fan of William Dalrymple’s work, there’s a good chance that you’ll find this novel interesting. And if you find the novel a bit slow to start with, bear with it, it’ll grow on you.