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Vagabond Princess: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan--Ruby Lal in conversation with Anjali Enjeti

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Charis welcomes Ruby Lal in conversation with Anjali Enjeti for a discussion of Vagabond Princess: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan, a captivating biography of one of the world’s greatest adventurers, the itinerant Mughal Princess Gulbadan, based on her long-forgotten memoir. This event is co-sponsored by Raksha, Inc. Raksha's mission is to promote a stronger and healthier South Asian community through confidential support services, education, and advocacy. Raksha works towards healing, empowerment, and justice for survivors of violence.

Situated in the early decades of the magnificent Mughal Empire, this first ever biography of Princess Gulbadan offers an enthralling portrait of a charismatic adventurer and unique pictures of the multicultural society in which she lived. Following a migratory childhood that spanned Kabul and north India, Gulbadan spent her middle years in a walled harem established by her nephew Akbar to showcase his authority as the Great Emperor. Gulbadan longed for the exuberant itinerant lifestyle she’d known. With Akbar’s blessing, she led an unprecedented sailing and overland voyage and guided harem women on an extended pilgrimage in Arabia. Amid increasing political tensions, the women’s “un-Islamic” behavior forced their return, lengthened by a dramatic shipwreck in the Red Sea.
 
Gulbadan wrote a book upon her return, the only extant work of prose by a woman of the age. A portion of it is missing, either lost to history or redacted by officials who did not want the princess to have her say.
 
Vagabond Princess contemplates the story of the missing pages and breathes new life into a daring historical figure. It offers a portal to a richly complex world, rife with movement and migration, where women’s conviviality, adventure, and autonomies shine through.

Ruby Lal is an acclaimed historian of India and a professor of South Asian history at Emory University, as well as the author of three books and numerous essays, op-eds, and literary pieces. Her most recent book, Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan, won the Georgia Author of the Year Award in biography, and was a finalist in history for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Lal taught previously at the Johns Hopkins University, where she directed the Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.  www.rubylal.com 

Anjali Enjeti is an Atlanta-based former attorney, journalist, and organizer. She is the author of Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change, and The Parted Earth. She is the winner of the Georgia Author of the Year for first novel, a gold medal recipient for Best Regional Nonfiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for fiction. Her other writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing in the MFA programs at Antioch University in Los Angeles and Reinhardt University. 

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Decatur, GA 30030
Vagabond Princess: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan By Ruby Lal Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300251272
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yale University Press - February 27th, 2024

A captivating biography of one of the world’s greatest adventurers, the itinerant Mughal Princess Gulbadan, based on her long-forgotten memoir
 
“Finally, a serious consideration of Gulbadan’s achievement.’”—Kirkus Reviews

 
Situated in the early decades of the magnificent Mughal Empire, this first ever biography o


The Parted Earth By Anjali Enjeti Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781938235962
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hub City Press - April 26th, 2022

Spanning more than half a century and cities from New Delhi to Atlanta, Anjali Enjeti's debut is a heartfelt and human portrait of the long shadow of the Partition of India on the lives of three generations of women.


Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change By Anjali Enjeti Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780820360065
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Georgia Press - April 15th, 2021

A move at age ten from a Detroit suburb to Chattanooga in 1984 thrusts Anjali Enjeti into what feels like a new world replete with Confederate flags, Bible verses, and whiteness. It is here that she learns how to get her bearings as a mixed-race brown girl in the Deep South and begins to understand how identity can inspire, inform, and shape a commitment to activism.


Event Summary: 
A captivating biography of one of the world’s greatest adventurers, the itinerant Mughal Princess Gulbadan, based on her long-forgotten memoir.