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Sarojini Naidu: The Nightingale and The Freedom Fighter

Anu Kumar (Editor)

In the battle for liberty, fear is the one unforgivable sin' She always wanted to be wild and free like the birds, but she became much more: the Bulbul-e-Hind or the Nightingale of India. A child prodigy, Sarojini Naidu née Chattopadhyay grew to be so fearless and gifted that she was an example to all. Gopal Krishna Gokhale led her to devote her song and speech, thought and dreams to 'the Motherland' and she never wavered in leading or following the cause, right into jail several times. Wise, lyrical and feisty, Sarojini Naidu brought intelligence, energy and intensity to the independence movement. She was the first woman to become President of the Indian National Congress, and later the Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

Her frequent ill health never subdued her spirit. Her irreverence was legendary - she was the one who gave Mahatma Gandhi the endearing nickname of 'Mickey Mouse'. A staunch patriot, a unique poet, an efficient administrator, a progressive reformer and a women's activist, she was hailed as a fiery public speaker. It is not surprising then that Women's Day in India is celebrated on the birthday of Sarojini Naidu, a heroine then, and an inspiration now and forever.

This book brings together her outstanding work and words, and highlights the main tenets of her life. From her stellar role in the difficult times she lived in, you too can learn to be a little bit like Sarojini Naidu.

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About the author

Anu Kumar

Anu Kumar lives in Mumbai, where she works for the Economic and Political Weekly. She has studied history and management and has been writing fiction for some time. Her first collection of short stories appeared in 2002 (In Search of a Raja and Other Stories). Her stories have appeared in the Little Magazine and she was one of the winners of the Commonwealth short story competition in 2004. She was recently selected to participate in the summer writing seminars of the Sarah Lawrence College, USA.

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Title Sarojini Naidu: The Nightingale and The Freedom Fighter
Author Anu Kumar
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Hachette India
Language: English
isbn 9789350098165
length 155p., 7 Inch X 5 Inch.
Subjects History