The story of Rani Lakshmibai is etched in the history of India’s freedom struggle. She is remembered as the most inspiring and enduring image of the Uprising of 1857. Manikarnika was born into an ordinary family in Varanasi. Her upbringing was different from any girl of her times. She was educated and expressed ann exceptional courage while handling situations. After her marriage to the Maharaja of Jhansi, begins her journey from a naive Chabeeli or Manu to Rani Lakshmibai.
Despite her fears and uncertainty about her own future, even after being pushed into a turmoil of untoward incidents after the death of the King, she was set to work with a will for the people of Jhansi. It was a sheer determination that made Rani rise into a skilled warrior and sharp administrator. She fought, she led and made history.
Rani Lakshmibai, from Mango classics, retold by Nandini Nayar is an interesting read through the history. The sepia-toned pages give you a flavor of the yesteryear. A short character briefing at the beginning and some reading trivia towards the end makes this read an inspirational and informative one.