REFIGURING HISTORICAL NARRATIVES IN SHAMS UR RAHMAN FARUQI’S THE MIRROR OF BEAUTY
This work focuses on Shamas Ur Rahman Faruqi’s quest of ‘refiguring history’ in The Mirror of Beauty. Faruqi fictionalizes history in an attempt to hear those voices thus far silenced in the conventional historiography. By rewriting the stories of pre-independence India in the novel, Faruqi intends to celebrate the unsung heroes of history. This paper is an attempt to analyze how Faruqi subverts the Eurocentric narratives which often depict a distorted image of Indo-Muslim culture and Nawabi civilization. Such grand narratives often portray a stereotypical image of Indians and Faruqi refutes this historical version in The Mirror of Beauty. He questions the notion of ‘Real History’ that is considered as a coherent and authoritative form of knowledge about the past and explores those spaces which have never been touched upon by the professional historians. So, the objective of this article is to showcase an alternate history of Indian culture by applying the postmodern technique of meta-narration that challenges the notion of ‘absolute truth’ about the historical narratives.