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The Last Queen

By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
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She rose from commoner to become the last reigning queen of India’s Sikh Empire. In this dazzling novel, based on true-life events, best-selling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni presents the unforgettable story of Jindan, who transformed herself from daughter of the royal kennel keeper to powerful monarch. 

Sharp-eyed, stubborn, and passionate, Jindan was known for her beauty. When she caught the eye of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, she was elevated to royalty, becoming his youngest and last queen—and his favorite. And when her son, barely six years old, unexpectedly inherited the throne, Jindan assumed the regency. She transformed herself from pampered wife to warrior ruler, determined to protect her people and her son’s birthright from the encroaching British Empire.

Defying tradition, she stepped out of the zenana, cast aside the veil, and conducted state business in public, inspiring her subjects in two wars. Her power and influence were so formidable that the British, fearing an uprising, robbed the rebel queen of everything she had, but nothing crushed her indomitable will.

An exquisite love story of a king and a commoner, a cautionary tale about loyalty and betrayal, a powerful parable of the indestructible bond between mother and child, and an inspiration for our times, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novel brings alive one of the most fearless women of the nineteenth century, one whose story cries out to be told. 

©2022 Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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One of the best books on Rani Jinda

Being non-Punjabi, the author did a splendid job in writing a book on Rani Jinda/Sikh Empire. The author keeps you engaged from beginning to end, a very touching and emotional story. Beautifully narrated by Sneha Mathan. She has done full justice to the narration. without Ms. Mathan this audible would have been incomplete. If you are interested in the history of the Sikh Empire, the role of Maharani Jinda after the passing of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and the British rule in Punjab you must listen/read this book. Highly recommended.

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brilliant

I was so enamored by this story and it tugged at my heart so many times. Wonderful read.

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worth the listen; gets you involved

This book had me feeling a if I were the main character. I felt her every emotion. This book is worth every minute.

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beautiful historical novel

I loved this book about a beautiful and brave woman who loved and fought fiercely for her husband. son and country. beautifully narrated.