Ira Mukhoty is the author of Heroines: Powerful Indian Women of Myth and History, and Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the...
There is no dearth of critique about the fact that history has usually been 'his story', with 'her story' and 'their (lower on the social importance ladder) stories' being left out of the picture. When this is the scenario, and you are an Indian mother with young daughters who you believe should have inspiring Indian female role models, what do you do?
If you are Ira Mukhoty, you take off your biologist's hat, apply your research skills to history, seek out these role models, and write, to begin with, two beautiful books for your own daughters as well as everyone else's. (Of course, sons are encouraged to read these books as well. They would be, at the very least, edifying).
We are delighted to invite Ira Mukhoty - writer, accidental historian - to Mumbai Local, to talk to us about her books Heroines: Powerful Indian Women of Myth and History and Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the Mughal Empire, and the pressing questions and concerns that led her to write them. Her talk will explore how women have been sanitized and erased out of Indian history, why this is relevant for us today, and what we can perhaps do about it. She will also share fascinating stories from her research process - how she followed stories and found data, where she dug them out from, what remains to be found out and what the challenges are.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday 17th. For those of you who absolutely cannot make it to the venue, we will be live on Facebook for you. Join us on our page at 5:30 pm on Friday, 17th August.
This session is curated by: Ranjit Hoskote - poet, Art-critic, Cultural Theorist and independent Curator
@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm
Ira Mukhoty is the author of Heroines: Powerful Indian Women of Myth and History, and Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the Mughal Empire. She has two degrees in Natural Sciences and has studied in Delhi and Cambridge. While living in Delhi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, she developed an interest in the evolution of mythology and history and its relevance to the status of women in India. Ira is particularly interested in the way history is manipulated to suit changing narratives and the need to reclaim lost stories. A particular concern is to present historical non-fiction in an accessible way for a lay-audience. She is currently working on her 3rd project, a biography of Akbar the Great.