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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A great lake is located by the south city gate ; and beside it stands the temple of Mahalakshmi Devi - the goddess of the clan and the presiding deity of the Jhansi royal house . The temple had arrangements for rituals of worship ...
A mile away from the palace , by the Lake Lachh- mital , was the temple of Mahalakshmi . Jhansi roads are undulating , going uphill here and downhill there . The paved roads and the Bundelkhandi - style houses on both sides still exist ...
Evening bells would toll in the Murlidhar temple , and strains of a bhajan would be heard . Sepoys patrolled the roads . Sometimes cries of ' Move Over ! Stand back ! ' would be heard . A horseman would gallop past , with the bridle ...