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About Archana Garodia Gupta
With a lifelong passion for books, languages, travel and history, Archana Garodia Gupta has a knack for weaving delightful nuggets of information into engaging tales. She is the author of “The Women who ruled India” which details the stories of 20 women who ruled in India. She writes on retail, women’s issues and history for newspapers and magazines, including columns for The Hindu and Indian Express.
Archana is the coauthor of the bestselling two volume “A History of India for Children” published by Hachette, which was nominated for the Crossword book award, and included in the Times of India list of 10 books every Indian Child must Read.
A leading national quizzer, she is seen on national television as an expert on Kaun Banega Crorepati. She has won the ‘Champion of Champions’ title from BBC Mastermind India.
Archana was the National President of FLO, the women’s wing of FICCI, in 2015- 2016. She has been working in the sphere of women’s development since the last two decades.
In her business sphere, Archana Garodia Gupta, an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, owns and runs a successful gems and jewellery business, Touchstone.
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The history of India, more often than not, is a history of the men who were in charge. Largely forgotten are the women who, even centuries earlier, shaped the fates of entire kingdoms.
In The Women Who Ruled India, writer and researcher Archana Garodia Gupta revives 20 such powerful figures from the archives, offering us a glimpse of their fascinating lives. Among them are Begum Samru, a courtesan who went on to become the head of a mercenary army and the ruler of Sardhana; Didda of Kashmir, known for her keen political instinct and a ruthlessness that spared no one; Rani Abbakka of Ullal, the fearless queen who took on Portuguese colonizers in their heyday; and Rani Mangammal of Madurai, the famed administrator who built alliances at a time when going to war was the order of the day.
These women and others like them built roads, instituted laws and were generous patrons of the arts and sciences. Their stories of valour and diplomacy, leadership and wit continue to inspire today. Peppered with anecdotes that showcase little-known facets of their personalities, the accounts in this book celebrate heroic rulers who – ‘quarrelsome’ though they might have been – were iconoclasts: unafraid to forge new paths.
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