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‘I’m Rani Jindan, Mom of the Khalsa. That’s my id. That’s my destiny.’
Whereas we’ve got all heard tales of Rani Lakshmi Bai and Padmavati, not many people are accustomed to one other Indian queen.
Daughter of the royal kennel keeper, the gorgeous Jindan Kaur went on to develop into Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s youngest and final queen; his favorite. She grew to become regent when her son Dalip, barely six years previous, unexpectedly inherited the throne. Sharp-eyed, cussed, passionate, and devoted to defending her son’s heritage, Jindan distrusted the British and fought exhausting to maintain them from annexing Punjab. Defying custom, she stepped out of the zenana, solid apart the veil and performed state enterprise in public. Addressing her Khalsa troops herself, she impressed her males in two wars towards the ‘firangs’. Her energy and affect have been so formidable that the British, fearing an rebellion, robbed the insurgent queen of all the things she had, together with her son. She was imprisoned and exiled. However that didn’t crush her indomitable will.
An beautiful love story of a king and a commoner, a cautionary story about loyalty and betrayal, and a strong parable of the indestructible bond between mom and little one, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s unforgettable novel brings alive one of the vital fearless girls of the nineteenth century, an inspiration for our occasions.
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