Nevertheless, She Persisted: The Lioness of Punjab • She was the last of Ranjit Singh’s wives and the last queen of the Sikh Empire. She also was the first queen to appear in public and the first to toss aside the veil to gain her army’s allegiance. She was Maharani Jindan, née Jind Kaur, youngest child of Manna, the royal kennel keeper. Her humble beginnings notwithstanding, she was a quick learner, a thinker, a driven woman who used every opportunity to outsmart her adversaries.
Jindan’s story of love, motherhood, country, and conflicts (both battlefield and personal) comes alive in The Last Queen: A Novel of Courage and Resistance by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. The novel was published May 10 by HarperCollins in the United States. [Read the full review here]