A well researched account of celebrated women in Indian history.
Ira Mukhoty’s Heroines is a well researched book on lives of six prominent women in Indian history and mythology, women who have dared to go on a path away from the patriarchal shackles.
She does a remarkable job in chronically the lives of these women given the limited documentation in history. She brings forth stories of forgotten women like Ambapali and Hazrat Mahal, who refused to succumb to the diktats of the society and were brave to have walked on a path that was inaccessible to women, as well as, a different perspective in the established narrative. E.g. the segment on Rani Lakshmi Bai details out her legitimate claim to throne, her negotiations with the British and her reluctance in participating in the 1857 freedom struggle, which she eventually did because the situation demanded it but the initial phase of diplomacy is often ignored in the popular narrative. Mukhoty’s keeps you engaged in the lives of these women with her clear and concise writing, therefore, giving you an unputdownable experience.
It’s important to read these stories, only to be reminded of the boldness and fortitude of these women and the role they play in our composite culture.