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Sophia by Anita Anand 📚 a book review â¤ï¸

March 21, 2016

I was extremely touched by the movie ‘Suffragettes’ and ever since watching the movie I have been eager to find out more about these extremely strong women who led the way to freedom for us today.

I feel extremely passionately about equal rights, equal opportunities. And when we see what women in the past went through; the pain, the suffering, the sheer determination, it makes us appreciate everything we have and take for granted these days even more.

The Book –

  

This is a book about Sophia. In 1876 Sophia Duleep Singh was born into royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and included the mighty cities of Lahore and Peshawar. It was a territory irresistible to the British, who plundered everything, including the fabled Koh-I-Noor diamond. 

Exiled to England, the dispossessed Maharajah transformed his estate at Elveden in Suffolk into a Moghul palace, its grounds stocked with leopards, monkeys and exotic birds. 

Sophia, god-daughter of Queen Victoria, was raised a genteel aristocratic Englishwoman: presented at court, afforded grace-and-favour lodgings at Hampton Court Palace and photographed wearing the latest fashions for the society pages. But when, in secret defiance of the British government, she travelled to India, she returned a revolutionary. 

Sophia transcended her heritage to devote herself to battling injustice and inequality,a far cry from the life to which she was born. Her causes were the struggle for Indian independence, the fate of the Lascars, the welfare of Indian soldiers in the First World War – and, above all, the fight for female suffrage. She was bold and fearless, attacking politicians, putting herself in the front line and swapping her silks for a nurse’s uniform to tend wounded soldiers evacuated from the battlefields. 

Meticulously researched and passionately written, this enthralling story of the rise of women and the fall of empire introduces an extraordinary individual and her part in the defining moments of recent British and Indian history.

Verdict –

A wonderfully told tale about the suffragette movement, the Sikh religion and the struggle for Indian independence, all linked to the beautiful Sophia. 

I sometimes get bored when reading biographies because of the overuse of facts, but this book was so well written and described it was more like a novel.

I look forward to seeing this fantastic story on the big screen one day.

Find out more about the author Anita Anand below –

http://anitaanand.net/book-stuff/

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