I like my Indian lineage; and, I love the fact that I am a Rajput. My ancestors left India during the division of the Indo-Pak subcontinent. I have the blood of real Knights! I have heard from my parents that one of my ancestors fought against the Nazis in World War II; and that he was captured and left alive in the jail simply because he was a Medical Doctor. He was awarded Sword of Honour by his country for his efforts. Read more in blog post, “My Lineage: I am Rajput“.
Rajputian women are very strong-willed and resilient, which is what I like about myself. Jhansi ki Rani (Lakshmibai) was an Indian Rajput who led the resistance against British. Read “Legendary Rajput Queens”. I just watched the entire movie, “Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi” (video 1, video 2, video 3, video 4). When I saw the female protagonist fight in this movie, I knew that she was using the arts of war that were similar to ones used by ancient Rajputs. She fought the British because she wanted to free her people. She was referred by the British as the “A man among mutineers”; and, she was considered one of their most dangerous (significant) enemies. How admirable! She started the entire resistance that finally pushed the British out of the Indo-Pak subcontinent. The British lead in a very cruel manner, which is why both the Hindus and the Muslims were united against the British at that time. Jhansi Ki Rani was killed during the Battle of Gwalior against the British when she was 23 or 29. I feel that she is a true hero and a martyr!
Similarities between Jhansi Ki Rani and myself are striking.
- I can play the role of a Crime Stopper simply by using lucid dreams; and, this Queen uses her sword to protect the vulnerable.
- I can use poetry and creative writing to add resistance that is required for social change and justice.
- She is not there to bow to her abusers neither am I.
- Just like me, she defends the needy. Check out “Forgotten Femmes”, which is a Facebook page that I run to protect the abused women.
- She organized a team of female warriors who fought alongside her; and, I am organizing a team of women who will know how to protect other women.
- She is physically and mentally strong. I was very injured and medicated when I completed an entire program at Algonquin College.
- Both of us have loyal friends who tend to tail and protect us even during very difficult times.
- Rani was very amusing and spirited and as such was referred to as “Chabbili”, which means “playful; I am also high-spirited and playful, which is why my close friends and well-meaning acquaintances like me more.
- We are both legends. I just know that I will become a legend among those who seek knowledge and literature.
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