Begum Hazrat Mahal : Warrior Queen of Awadh

Paper Type: Book Print Paper | Size: 197mm x 127mm; 330pp
Black and white


Lucknow, 1857

The last Nawab of Awadh has been exiled by the British to Calcutta along with his courtiers and his coterie. Only his beautiful queen, Hazrat Mahal, stays back with young prince Birjis Ali. Hazrat vows to fight the British and win back her beloved Awadh for her people and the crown for her son. She builds a rebel army and high drama ensues as they besiege the Residency, the walled British cantonment, for five months.

A fictional saga based on actual events, this book takes you within the walls of the Residency where love and passion rage alongside the battle, and into the world of Begum Hazrat and her loyal band. Will the rebel army storm the British bastion before their relief forces arrive? Or will the tide turn in a wave of loss and grief, crushing Hazrat Mahal’s dream for Awadh and her son?

Malathi Ramachandran
Malathi Ramachandran

Malathi Ramachandran is a masters in Mass Communication, and began her foray into fiction writing with several short stories published in magazines and anthologies. She is the author of four novels, the last two titles The Legend of Kuldhara (2017) and Mandu (2020) in the genre of historical fiction. Fascinated by India’s rich past and the many human stories of love and loss buried beneath the larger narratives, Malathi endeavours in her novels not just to re-create history as it happened long ago, but to also explore the lives and relationships of those who lived in those times. ‘If I can pull India’s past out of the dreary books of history and bring it alive for my readers, I’d have achieved my purpose of writing historical fiction,’ she says.