The Queen of Jhansi
Seagull Books, 2010 - 325 من الصفحات
Lakshmibai, the Queen of Jhansi, a legendary Indian heroine, led her troops against the British in the uprising of 1857, which is now widely described as the first Indian War of Independence. The image of the young warrior queen who died on the battlefield but not in the minds of her people captured the imagination of novelist Mahasweta Devi, who undertook extensive research that encompassed family reminiscence, oral literature, local histories, and more traditional sources. From these she wove a very personal history of a heroine--an unusual woman, widowed at an early age, who grew from a free-spirited child into an independent young leader.
Devi's resulting work traces the history of the growing resistance to the British, while building a detailed picture of Lakshmibai as a complex, spirited, full-blooded woman who wears her long tresses unbound at the same time as she prefers a male attire on horseback; who is a cool-headed and far-sighted leader of men, full of warm concern for her soldiers; as well as a mother who worries about her infant son's well-being. Simultaneously a history, a biography, and an imaginative work of fiction, this book is a valuable contribution to the reclamation of history and historiography by feminist writers.
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During this period , she would leave her bed at dawn every day , bathe , create a clay Shiva icon and then wor- ship until eight o'clock . Then she would supervise Damo- dar's breakfast and his reading lessons with a private tutor ...
A dejected Brigadier Steuart had sent news that his tent and all the rest of the equipment and gear was soaking wet after a thunderstorm , so he could not leave until he could dry everything out in strong sunshine .
When he was about to leave , Damodar began to weep . saying that he wouldn't let Balarao ( Ramchandra Rao's other name ) leave . But Ramchandra Rao had to go anyway . Damodar was left THE QUEEN OF JHANSI 293.