Book Review: Women Warriors in Indian History by Yugal Joshi

  • ISBN: 978-81-291-4522-2
  • Genre: -Non-Fiction /Historical
  • Publishers: Rupa Books
  • Price: Rs.195/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)

Women Warriors in Indian History explores the life of ten Indian women warriors as narrated by other historical characters. While Italian traveller Marco Polo recounts the story of his contemporary Queen Rudramba, Emperor Jahangir narrates the tale of Durgavati to his future consort. Legendary Tatya Tope unfolds Avantibai’s heroics to Lakshmi Bai and the eunuch General Malik Kafur regales a young sultan with Raziya Sultana’s exploits. Put together chronologically, from the slave dynasty to the first war of Indian independence, these stories showcase the changing canvas of Indian history. More importantly, the narratives bring forward the exceptional qualities of these women warriors, while fighting against gender, social, religious and political odds and oppositions. They prove that women are unequivocally strong leaders who have waged and won many battles with courage and conviction down the ages.

Well-researched and engagingly narrated, this book familiarizes readers with these extraordinary women, their highs and lows, and provides a glimpse into their unique, yet relatively less known lives.

Behind the Book

About the Author

Yugal Joshi grew up in a remote village of Uttarakhand and has walked across diverse territories while working in government, public and private sectors.  An alumnus of IIT Delhi and NUS Singapore, he is the co-author of authoritative books on Singapore's water management, The Singapore Water Story, and on sustainable development, Creating Shared Values. He has also authored the novel Ram: The Soul of Time. A keen student of history and water enthusiast, he is currently Director, Swacch Bharat Mission and lives in New Delhi with his wife and two children.

Me thinks

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the minds of the warriors when they were fighting a war? I have and this book seems like an answer to all those questions that I used to ask as a child. Women warriors have graved the Indian history at many occasions but have seldom got their due. This book promises to be a perfect ode to them all.

With a very well researched backdrop the author has written these stories in a very lucid yet engaging manner. Rani Lakshmibai, Raziya Sultan and so many other women warriors come alive in these pages as their stories are retold with perfect finesse. This is the way I ended 8th March , international women's day and it once again proved to me that women are largely unaware of their own strength, otherwise they have the power to move mountains with their sheer belief. The best part about this book is that it is written chronologically that is it starts with the warriors from the slave dynasty and talks about them till the first war of Indian Independence. Surprisingly we don't have many history textbooks which talk about the slave dynasty to an extent this book has through these stories and that is what makes it all the more special to read.

I enjoyed reading these stories because they not only give you a glimpse into the untold portions of our history but also motivate women to belief in themselves. This book is a well written book I would recommend for all history lovers and also for people who enjoy reading such topics. 

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Kheer - one of the most oldest sweet dish of India and yet a favourite till date.

Source: Oberoi's Indian Food