Letter to Rani of Jhansi: NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 11

Dear Jhansi ki Rani,
Thank you for inspiring me in my childhood
You were the lone female hero in my textbook
It was comforting to know you’re real
Not like Sleeping Beauty
A presence in the absence of women in serials
If one popped up I’d go, “Oh look, a woman!”
As if I was at a freak show
The lone woman’s office I visited as a child
She was like you, but a bit mild
You live on
The poet wrote you fought like a man
I like to think that now, we needn’t compare.



Dear Nupur,
I had no option but to fight. I won’t deny I enjoyed it.

You must fight too. For your children, for yourself,

Where you see injustice.

Die fighting.


Jhansi ki Rani

In response to the NaPoWriMo 2021 prompt for Day 11. Another poem about a famous Indian queen here.

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