Maharanis: The Extraordinary Tale of Four Indian Queens and Their Journey from Purdah to Parliament
Author: Lucy Moore
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release Date: June 27, 2006
A rare, exotic portrait of the matriarchs of a brilliant Indian family
Ranging from the final days of the Raj and the British Empire to the present, Lucy Moore vividly re-creates a splendid lost world and describes India's national growing pains through the sumptuous, audacious lives of four ravishing, influential women of the same family- Sunity Devi, friend to Queen Victoria; Chimnabai, fierce nationalist; Indira, her flamboyant daughter; and Ayesha, her equally fashionable daughter- who fought tirelessly and with incomparable grace to turn an ancient tradition of noblesse oblige into a progressive democracy.