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1 Reminiscences: The Memoris of Shardaben Mehta

Purnima Mehta Bhatt (compiled and translated); Introduced By Svati Joshi

Zubaan, New Delhi, India, 8189013653 / 9788189013653, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 
IN THE AFFLUENT and confident capitalist society of nineteenth century Gujarat, debates on social reform, including women’s reform, were conducted entirely by men, and were largely of academic interest since the historical transition to British rule had brought about little change in the existing social structure. In this context, the interventions of Sharadaben Mehta, a progressive educationist and social worker, represented a pioneering attempt by a woman in the early twentieth century at questioning, analysing and changing the conditions of women’s lives. The story of her life, as told by her in this memoir, is not that of an individual woman struggling to realize her personal aspirations, rather it is the story of an educated woman, equipped with independent views and fearless convictions, determined to open up a space for other women to enable them to experience the freedom and joy denied to them in their daily lives in patriarchal society. This book, made up of short pieces that she wrote at regular intervals for publication, tells the story of Sharadaben’s life and times, giving us insights into Indian history, viewed from the point of view of a participant in the freedom movement, and provides rich insights into the area of women’s education and the many campaigns in which they were involved. As well, it documents a life of intellectual companionship and action, one committed to women’s freedom and independence. Contents Introduction Epilogue Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 30 Chapter 31 Chapter 32 Chapter 33 Chapter 34 Chapter 35 Chapter 36 Chapter 37 Chapter 38 Chapter 39 Chapter 40 Chapter 41 Chapter 42 Chapter 43 Chapter 44 Chapter 45 Chapter 46 Chapter 47 Chapter 48 Chapter 49 Chapter 50 Chapter 51 Chapter 52 Chapter 53 Chapter 54 Chapter 55 Epilogue. Printed Pages: 330. 027167

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2 Subbalakshmi: Fragments of a Life: A Family Archive

Mythili Sivaraman

Zubaan, New Delhi, India, 8189013114 / 9788189013110, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 
This is the life story of Subbalakshmi-married at 11 years and mother at 14 - in the early twentieth century. Hers is yet another instance in the long annals of women whose aspirations, abilities, selfhood, the right to dream and to rebel have been snuffed out by patriarchy. Printed Pages: 200. 027168

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The History of Humayun (Humayun-Nama): Translated Into English with introduction, Notes, Illustrations and Biographical Appendix and Reproduced in the Persian from the Only Known Manuscript of the British Museum, Annette S. Beveridge; Gulbadan Begam
3 The History of Humayun (Humayun-Nama): Translated Into English with introduction, Notes, Illustrations and Biographical Appendix and Reproduced in the Persian from the Only Known Manuscript of the British Museum

Annette S. Beveridge; Gulbadan Begam

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2001, 81-215-1006-6 / 9788121510066, Reprint, Hard Cover, New, New, 15 Cms x 23 Cms 
Princess Gul-Badan Begam witnessed the reign of the three Mughal emperors: her father Babur's, her brother Humayun's and her nephew Akbar's. Perhaps this explains Akbar's choice of Gul-Badan, the only woman, along with Jauhar and Bayazid ewer-bearer and steward of Humayun when he ordered these three to 'write down what ever you know of the doings of Firdaus-Makani and Jannat-ashyani', i.e. Babur and Humayun. Akbar wanted to help his friend Abu'l Fazl gather materials for his Akbar-nama, hence this order. Gul-Badan's efforts culminated in Humayun-nama. Her mother-of-fact style did not hesitate to copy verbatim parts of her work without acknowledgement. For this reason, only three copies were made of her book, out of which only one survived and reached the British Museum. Here Annette S. Beveridge, chanced upon this almost unknown work and published its translation in 1900. When she wrote this Humayun-nama, Gul-Badan was more than sixty years old. Also she had to depend mainly on her memory. As such her facts occasionally do not tally and dated are jumbled. Her interest was people and not events. So her chronicle is highly successful in conjuring up visions, for the reader, of feelings, emotions, quarrels and reconciliation of a group of men and women. As a source-book this book is of great use to historians. The notes and biographical sketches of the ladies in the royal harem of Babar and Humayun furnished by the translator adds a touch of fascination to this book and makes it a remarkable memoir of a Mughal princess for the other readers. Printed Pages: 440 with 9 b/w illustrations. 032980

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The Tuzuk-i-Jahangiri or Memoirs of Jahangir, Nur-ud-din Jahangir, Translated By Alexander Rogers and Edited By Henry Beveridge
4 The Tuzuk-i-Jahangiri or Memoirs of Jahangir

Nur-ud-din Jahangir, Translated By Alexander Rogers and Edited By Henry Beveridge

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2003, 81-215-0263-2 / 9788121502634, Reprint, Cloth, New, New, 14 Cms x 23 Cms 

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