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The Teenage Diary of Razia Sultan

 

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Writings for Young Adults

The Teenage Diary of Razia Sultan

An inspiring fictionalized account of the teenage years of Razia Sultan.

Full Title: The Teenage Diary of Razia Sultan

Author: Anitha Murthy
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing

Award Category: Writings for Young Adults
About the Book: 

Razia Sultan, born to Iltutmish of the Slave dynasty, was groomed from a young age by her father to learn all the skills of a ruler. Brave, strong, confident and learned, she was unlike the women of the times. She went on to defy the orthodoxy and became the ruler of the Delhi Sultanate in the 13th century.

In this fictional diary, a young Razia writes about coming of age in her father’s court. Here, Razia finds that growing up as a rebellious girl is not easy. She has to bear the taunts of her stepmother and other nobles about her boyish ways. She is a brilliant swordsperson and a fearless hunter who can take on anyone in combat. An astute judge of people and with an understanding of the intricacies of statecraft, she sits with her father in court. Yet she is reminded often by everyone that girls can’t be rulers. There is only one person who believes in her—Sultan Iltutmish, her beloved father.

Tender, exciting, inspiring, The Teenage Diary of Razia Sultan is a vivid portrait of a young girl coming to terms with her destiny—one which will make her an immortal name in history.


About the Author: 

Anitha Murthy is a Bengaluru-based software consultant, and partner-cum-librarian at Cosy Nook Library, a children’s library.
She loves reading and has also dabbled with writing in many genres, right from short stories and poetry, to humour and travel. Her latest books for children have been published by Pratham and her Great Folk Tales of the World published in 2019 by Talking Cub has been widely appreciated.


Excerpt: 

I try to be patient, but I honestly cannot sit through three hours of discussing if muslin is better than silk for a dress. I am more interested in how the silk is made, what is the current trading price, what sorts of problems the weavers of muslin face, and what wages they make. If only I had one good friend in the whole world that I could confide in, that I could pour my
heart out to. Dear Diary, you are the only one I can talk to without fear of retribution, and the only one who will listen to all my secrets without judgement.

I don’t want to be just another girl. I know I am strong and smart and I can do wonders, only if given a chance. But Ammi wants me to behave like a lady, sit quietly and pay more attention to my clothes. I can’t do that. I won’t do that.


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