Where Women Come First
THE WOMEN WHO RULED INDIA
Among figures like Nur Jahan and Begum Samru, there are littleknown names, like Chenamma of Keladi and Umayamma Rani. But, big or small, each has a tale of how she made her way in a misogynistic world that has forgotten her role in India’s history.
A collection of short stories about the secret lives of courtesans, of women who drink like fish, of chudails with stares that terrify weak-willed men who only want women to be objects, whether of fascination or sex.
EMPRESS OF THE TAJ
In a quest to understand the life of the empress who wielded immense power over Shah Jahan, Timeri N. Murari’s nomadic, sometimes selfindulgent, journey follows the life of Arjumand, better known as Mumtaz Mahal.