Silk Smitha is the creation of an Indian author, Javed Akhtar. It is a fictional account about life in the Mughal Empire from the point of view of one of its most famous characters – Captain Akhtar. Akhtar’s interest in the Mughal period and life in particular is reflected in his book, which is aimed at women. The novel starts as Akhtar prepares to leave for India but is stopped by his employer who thinks that he should not travel alone.
Akhtar has always been fascinated by Mughal society so his decision to write a book based on his observations of life there is understandable. However, the novel is not without its faults. For example, it describes a man called Mustafa who serves as a bodyguard for a lady in public. She is a member of a royal family but has to wear a silk sari in public because it is only for the ladies in public.
Bra Size & Body Measurements
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This is an interesting detail and shows just how important necklaces and other silk scarves were to women in this period. Mustafa is described as looking strikingly uncomfortable in the bra size he is presented with. This could easily have been because he is a pauper and is not well off. He even explains that the silk scarves cost twenty thousand Rupees (around $20 US). Given the high price of these scarves, it is surprising that Mustafa ever managed to fit in them.
The main character of Silk Smitha Biography, Captain Akhtar, is described as having great manners. However, we are not told what these manners actually are. We are aware that he is well educated and seems to be quite polite. The fact that he dresses neatly groomed, despite being a pauper, is further evidence of his refinement and class.
The writer fails to note that Mustafa was already married by the time he arrived in the United States and was living with his cousin. Mustafa’s cousin tells us that Mustafa was quite taken with a white slave girl, Akhina. Akhina was very young and could hardly speak English but was well educated. The author leaves it out however because Akhtar was too proud to admit that he had a white woman for a wife. If this was true, it would be an irony that the captain became the first African-American officer to be discharged from the army for having sexual relations with an African-American woman. He obviously believed that white women were superior and that his relationship with Akhner was a natural progression of his career.
The author is correct in saying that there was no sex between Akhtarin and Mustafa. They may have been lovers but the act was not sexual and was instead innocent. The book as a whole is therefore more about the social aspects of life in nineteenth century America than it is about race or gender.