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Book Summary- Sophia Princess Suffragette Revolutionary

Updated on February 5, 2016

The Kingdom of the Sikhs was seized by the British, who also took the Koh-I-Noor diamond which is a priceless gem. Maharajah Duleep was taken to England where Princess Sophia was born. Maharajah Duleep was a charming and handsome man but the story is really about one of his daughters. The story is one of an extraordinary woman who made something of her life despite the fall in her family's circumstances.

The author of this interesting work is Anita Anand. She has been in television and radio for nearly two decades. She lives in England. Sophia Princess Suffragette Revolutionary is Anand's first book. The book is very dense but is nevertheless a quick read as the subject matter is exotic and unusual. There are a number of marvelous black and white photos in the book that really allow the work to come to life in the reader's imagination. These authentic photos add much to the work.

Princess Sophia's life is the subject of the book. Born as an exiled princess, Sophia nevertheless makes a very impactful life for herself. She occupies two worlds. The first is that of a deposed royal relegated to life in England. The second is her courageous activism for women and poor and sick Indian people.

The book is written in an engaging style. It is fast paced and full of interesting tidbits about the royals. The reader begins to really see into Princess Sophia's world and it is a fascinating one. There are many photos of the royal family in the book as well. It is so easy to sympathize with the comedown in circumstances that made Sophia's life so very different than it would have been.

The book is beloved for all the details about royal life, both British and Indian. A great deal is revealed about Queen Victoria as well. It is easy to sympathize with the Princess Sophia as she goes through her periods of depression. It is also easy to admire her as her life in its totality is very meaningful. At the heart of it, the story is less about royalty and more about how a woman can have a meaningful life despite setbacks and hard circumstances.

Princess Sophia Duleep Singh had a fascinating life. She spent much of it dedicated to women's rights including the right to vote. She also helped Indian soldiers and was a nurse as well. Princess Sophia was an admirable person as the book Sophia Princess Suffragette Revolutionary shows well.


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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      This sounds like a very interesting book about a woman who made the best of a downfall. Books about India are very fascinating, and I don't think we in the western world know enough about the subject. She sounds like she would have been right at home here in the U.S.A., too. Good review.


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