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CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI
'I am Rani Jindan, Mother of the Khalsa. That is my identity. That is my fate.'
Daughter of the royal kennel keeper, the beautiful Jindan Kaur went on to become
Maharaja Ranjit Singh's youngest and last queen; his favorite. She became
regent when her son Dalip, barely six years old, unexpectedly inherited the throne.
Sharp-eyed, stubborn, passionate, and dedicated to protecting her son's heritage,
Jindan distrusted the British and fought hard to keep them from annexing Punjab.
Defying tradition, she stepped out of the zenana, cast aside the veil and
conducted state business in public. Addressing her Khalsa troops herself, she
inspired her men in two wars against the 'firangs'. Her power and influence were
so formidable that the British, fearing an uprising, robbed the rebel queen of
everything she had, including her son. She was imprisoned and exiled. But that
did not crush her indomitable will.
An exquisite love story of a king and a commoner, a cautionary tale about loyalty
and betrayal, and a powerful parable of the indestructible bond between mother
and child, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's unforgettable novel brings alive one of the
most fearless women of the nineteenth century, an inspiration for our times.