Warrior Women: Women Of Courage

Despite decades of male oppression, women have always managed to emerge in leadership roles, from queens who ruled without a king to women who made their way into military positions. These military queens hail from every age and from every place of the world like the Trung Sisters, who fought to defend ancient Vietnam from the invading Chinese, or Zenobia of Palmyra, who opposed invading Roman forces and tried to carve out her own sphere of influence in her homeland of Syria.

And then there’s the most bravest and powerful historial woman Rani of Jhansi, also called Lakshmibai, born as Manikarnika, was the queen of the Maratha-ruled Jhansi State, situated in the north-central part of India. She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and became for Indian nationalists a symbol of resistance to the rule of the British East India Company in the subcontinent. This 19th-century Indian Queen is a fascinating figure. Raised to fight and ride, Lakshmi was married to the ruler of Jhansi in northern India but was widowed at quite a young age. Childless, couple adopted a young boy as their heir, but their British overlords used this opportunity to formally annex Jhansi. However, the Queen wasn’t taking this lying down; at age 22, in 1858, she rose up against the British. For over a year, war raged between the British invaders and the Queen Regent of Jhansi. The British forces battered down her men; in the Spring of 1858, they besieged her home, and she barely managed to escape. Later, Lakshmi managed to recapture the fortress of Gwalior, then marched to confront the British army, a conflict in which she was killed.

The year 2017 marks 159th death anniversary of the beloved Rani of Jhansi who died in battle, her memory deserves to be revived.  History is rarely the face of objective truth. Histories are perspectives and many times multiple. Whatever the facts, Lakshmi Bai has gone down in history as the woman who made her mark in a traditionally male space. Popular narrative has made it convenient for her to negotiate gender boundaries — she is both valorous on the battlefield and the mother of a son, destined to be king. She is the Bharat Mata, the manifestation of she who fights for the ‘sons of her soil’ and she whose ‘modesty and virtue’ must never be outraged. Lost her mother at a tender age of four. Raised by her father ,educated at home,she took formal training in martial arts which included archery, horsemanship, self-defence,fencing.

Lakshmi bai won the hearts of her people for her sagacious approach. She used to invite women from all caste for the celebrations like Sankranta, Chaitra Gauri. It was an important step towards social justice. Her heart was at the right place. Rani fought battles in a planned, organized manner. Her sword always moved at a lightning speed. Britishers were amazed with her courage, bravery. She was adamant that she will not fall into the hands of Britishers dead or alive. She has inspired generations and she will continue to inspire future generations. She encouraged women empowerment. Her army had women fighters and soldiers from all communities including the Afghans.  The Indians lost the First War of Independence., but Rani of Jhansi sowed the seeds of Independence and heroism. India will never forget her name. She is immortal.

In the words of Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, -the first woman Satyagrahi to court arrest in Nagpur, was an author and poetess and her famous composition in Hindi – Jhansi Ki Rani, is an emotionally charged poem describing the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai, learning and listening to which I grew up and took inspiration to be as brave as I am today.

सिंहासन हिल उठे राजवंशों ने भृकुटी तानी थी,
बूढ़े भारत में आई फिर से नयी जवानी थी,
गुमी हुई आज़ादी की कीमत सबने पहचानी थी,
दूर फिरंगी को करने की सबने मन में ठानी थी।
चमक उठी सन सत्तावन में, वह तलवार पुरानी थी,
बुंदेले हरबोलों के मुँह हमने सुनी कहानी थी,
खूब लड़ी मर्दानी वह तो झाँसी वाली रानी थी।।

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#HappySunday 16 – 3 Things You enjoy the most as a Blogger

I’ve been writing this blog for more than decade and it takes real pleasure to write about what I want to.  Being able to write what we like and have a certain (limited or unlimited) amount of people that read and follow us for updates would sure make anyone feel awesome about it. It is the key source that induces to write better than you can with more accuracy. Being a blogger can make you feel the way that you want to be in terms of what you write. Here are 3 of the things I enjoy most being a blogger:

  1. The day I started to write this blog. I got the independence to write what just want and when I want to. Very often that just felt bad of not giving up what I learn everyday. I was too narrow in choosing what to write and all of a sudden I wanted to write about something that I wanted to learn and with flow to the learning phase I’d write the posts then and there. That was the plan. That made me to choose this niche and start collecting information and started writing. And with that I got the independence to write about the things that I learn often.
  2. Being a blogger, You obviously would get to know your fellow bloggers. Fellow bloggers who blog on the same domain, or different niches, start following then on Twitter, Facebook, G+, and other popular social media’s so that you could get their updates soon and sometimes might get a chance to talk to them, discuss a little business.
  3. Being a blogger taught me accuracy which is highly important for any blogger to have. Anything and everything that a blogger writes should be accurate and relevant to topic. Before writing a post, I used to collect data from various sources that are legitimate and then start writing on my own blog. Accuracy is the point anywhere that you should be having to write on a topic which should make the post a legit one.
The above things are completely based on my experience and I wanted to write about it as it ‘ll reach people who feel the same way. I should say even this post is written to communicate with people anytime.

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Life By The Window Seat

when I sit on window seat in bus or train and when journey begins, my mind always becomes nostalgic and I start pondering about various things like meaning of life, parents, friends, childhood memories, career planning, world peace, chaos of the world, problems of humanity, future of human race. It makes me calm and peaceful when cold zephyr blows on my cheeks and my whole life seems like a lucid dream while listening songs in my ipad. Life by the window seat for me reminds us of the impermanence of universe. That things change. As you move forward, you get a sense of outside world being left behind. Our mind immediately correlates this to memories or whatever we have left behind. And memories are melancholy and romantic. Even if the past moment in your life was an average moment, whenever you would reminisce about it, you would perceive it as being happier than it actually was. This is why we always crave for our golden pasts. We miss things. From those memories, we hop on to our philosophical sojourns exploring meaning of life as we realize that everything is temporary. Also, especially on train or flight journeys, looking at the vast vistas makes us realize how small we are. So, it is all a matter of relativity. Going forward relative to the external atmosphere. Feeling small relative to the outside grandeur and so on. The window seat presents to us a way to escape the monotony of daily life – a portal that connects us with the world sealed outside the stuffy interiors of the vehicle we are travelling in. True, a drought of air through the open window is always welcome on a hot summer day, but this form of escape is the only reason why this particular seat never loses its charm even on chilly winter mornings or in air-conditioned compartments. Maybe that is why people so covet the window seat of a bus or a train. Covet it enough to get into a mild squabble with their co-passengers and sometimes even lie to them about feeling nauseous sitting in the aisle seat!

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

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