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Bilkees I Latif (Author)
Synopsis Similarly, the poetry of the beautiful court poet, singer, song writer and warrior Mahlaqa Bai Chanda was largely ignored by critics for nearly two centuries after her death. At a time when few women could read and write, Mahlaqa received an elaborate education, compiling her first collection of poetry when legendary Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib was just a year old.

The author also draws vivid portraits of Chand Sultana, the Ismaili Muslim warrior-princess who defended Ahmadnagar against the Mughal forces of Emperor Akbar, and of two queens of the Deccan, Rudramma Devi and Hayat Bakshi Begum, who exemplified the ability of women rulers to govern well. The author also remembers Radha Bai, a courageous Brahmin child-widow whose lifelong search to call someone her own touched all those she encountered.
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About the author

Bilkees I Latif

Bilkees I. Latif, daughter of the late Nawab ali Yavar Jung, belongs to a family that has long been known in Hyderabad for the excellence of its table and cuisine. Her French mother, Alys Iffrig’s family owned hotels in Paris and Mulhouse in France and from a very young age, Bilkees became interested in the art of gourmet cooking. She did a year’s study of Hyderabadi cuisine as well as a year of Western cuisine and successfully passed the Good Housekeeping exams. She later specialized in fine art, miniature painting and design in the US. Bilkees Latif is deeply involved in the work of several committees and organizations that do active social service. She is the Founder President of the society for Human and Environmental Development and a trustee of the Indian Council of Child Welfare, among others. She has also served as the Chairperson fo the Andhra Pradesh Central Social Welfare Board. In the course of her work she has traveled extensively in Andhra and the rest of the country. Mrs. Latif is also the recipient of several prestigious awards including the National Unity Award in 1991. Bilkees I. Latif lives inHyderabad with her husband Air Chief Marshal I.H. Latif.

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Title Forgotten
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780143064541
length 193p., 20cm.