Description : Between 1819 and 1926 four Muslim women rulers reigned over Bhopal, the second largest Muslim state of India, despite staunch opposition from powerful neighbors and male claimants. Even the British India Company initially opposed female rule in Bhopal until the Begums quoted Queen Victoria as their model and inspiration. Each Begum--or Queen--impressed her own personality on the role and succeeded in reigning over a mostly Hindu population. Qudisa, the first Begum, was supported by her powerful French-Bourbon Prime Minister in her departure from the traditional. She was succeeded in 1844 by Sikandar, her only daughter, who was also followed by her only daughter, the highly controversial Shahjehan. The story ends with the last Begum, Sultan Jehan, and her abdication in favor of her son, the first male ruler (Nawab) of Bhopal in five generations. This book offers the first balanced history of the state.
Description : Here’s a quiz. If you answer all the questions right, you do not need this book. 1.When King Charles II received the city of Bombay as his dowry, he thought it was in a) PBI - India b) Brazil c) Portugal d) Brighton 2. Every resident of this city speaks only one language. That city is a) Patna b) Thiruvananthapuram c) Panjim D) Diu 3. Mamola Bai ruled from this city, for almost fifty years. Of course, she did it in purdah, but she ruled it nevertheless. a) Patna b) Tangiers c) Lalalajpatnagarameshwar d) Bhopal 4. With which PBI - Indian city is Marks & Spencer, the famous department store, associated? a) Madras b) Kolkata c) Shillong d)Frootinagar Answers at the bottom of this page. Okay, so you need this book. In this book you will find a lot of info on twelve PBI - Indian cities. There is also some fun stuff like a begum slapping a British officer, a dead body swinging about and telling the future, a man who made art out of stuff people threw away, and a bowl of boiled beans. And if that’s not enough, then there’s a whole bunch of writers who have written about their favourite cities. Thank you, and here come the names in alphabetical order: Alexander Frater, Amit Chaudhuri, Amitava Kumar, Anita Nair, Ashok Vajpeyi, C.S. Lakshmi, H. Masud Taj, Kaumudi Marathe, Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih, Nayantara Sahgal, Vinod Mehta, William Dalrymple. Answers 1 z 2 & 4 * 5 u Ha. Like we’re going to give you the answers. If you want to know what they are, you buy a book, read it and find out. Warning: You will develop itchy feet after reading this book. Do not wash with antiseptic. Just plan your next holiday to one of these cities and explore it with this book in hand. Age group: 12+