Published by Waris Shah Foundation in 2011. This is a first edition, new hardcover small book . Size: 9" x 5.5". Pages: 111
Dr. Rajan’s introduction is a concise summary on the status of Sikh women throughout the past 300 years and the social advances for women made possible by vision and wisdom of the Sikh Gurus.She sums up her introduction with the tantalizing phrase, “This is a unique representation of women during those timeswhich, while accepting the difference between men and women, rejected any notion that this difference entailed men being superior.”
In an interview in 2011, Dr. Rajang explained thatResearching and writing the book took two years.The challenge was a total lack of historical documents on Sikh women in society. She says, “I did not get much material, as there is hardly anything documented about Sikh women. It is always just a line here and there and I had to do psychological analysis of the woman’s character. Women’s names conveyed a lot about their character.”
I enjoy this book, and I highly recommend it for reading.Brief biographies are presented on Mata Tripta, Bibi Nanaki, Mata Khivi, Bibi Bhani, Mata Sundri, Mai Bhago, and Sardarni Sada Kaur.However, its fault lies in being too thin, and the reader sets it down with no satisfaction that the strength, character and accomplishment of the women have not been explored.But what it does give you is an overview, a taste of what to look for in your own research.