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Interesting, in that the author was writing about women s rights at a time when women were still not seen as people legally in many societies I guess her purpose in describing men in purdah in Ladyland was to highlight how ridiculous it is to control, contain and diminish half the population I did find the energy generation methods of Ladyland a little amusing.The author doesn t take a nuanced view on power, instead stating that containing and controlling the men of Ladyland results in wonderful things no crime, etc , unlike Naomi Alderman s The Power. An early feminist work from Asian sub continent. Really bold subject considering when and where it was written The blurb says pretty much all, so I won t get into details it s a 10 minutes reading anyway.I ll just say that it s pretty amazing what this woman did achieve in a conservative society like that one And nowadays, most of us, having all the freedom we need, do nothing but complain of everything Sultana s Dream , , , , ,, , , , , , Sultana s Dream was originally published in The Indian Ladies Magazine, Madras, 1905, in English here is a link for drm free read Considering the time and place it was written, this short is a badass satire on traditional stereotypes and status quo of woman in Colonial India In Begum s vision of a feminist utopia Ladyland, roles are gender reversed, where females lead the future with technology while men are secluded away The premise and metaphors are rather impressive, for example the name Sultana by meaning is lady Sultan, King Emperor She playfully bashes the prevailing old school inclusiveness of then male dominated society zenana s, and denigrate weaker species logic At one point of the story, in Ladyland, zenana s are said to be replaced by mardana s mard male in hindi urdu , thereby making the land a crimeless eco friendlyThe things that looked like science fiction in her wonderland , when observed now, were actually prophecies and solutions for 21st century Solar Energy, Hydrogen weather balloons, Commercial Aviation and even competitive academics.And there is a special charm in her writing, a narrative cuteness that keeps men from being offended, be it then, be it now. I ve read this amazing book a few years ago and could hardly believe that a woman from 1905 s Bangladesh, when women were rarely given education, wrote something in English and a really good piece too But that is the specialty of Begum Rokeya, who was a very gifted personality on her own right Who flourished with the support of a generous, open minded family behind her She was a feminist writer both fiction and non fiction , critic and renowned social worker, whose bibliography isn t very big in that sense but whatever she wrote, she wrote with remarkable grace, wit and style We still remember her, we ve grown up knowing her as a part of our culture, history, education but most of all, as a part of the woman we are today This is by no means a review of Sultana s Dream but I ll do something later hopefully after I re read the book If you don t already know about her, you should BTW. , , , *Free Kindle ⇡ Sultana's Dream ⇶ The Female Narrator Of Sultana S Dream Wanders Into A Dream City That Shuns War And Violence In This Utopian World, Women Rule And Men Are Content With Their Places In The Kitchen The Queen Of This Kingdom Explains How Women Won And Kept Their Peace Against Men And Their War Like WaysThis Edition Of A Feminist Utopian Classic Is A Conversation Across Time Durga Bai, A Contemporary Tribal Woman Artist From Central India, Brings Her Own Vision To Bear On A Muslim Gentlewoman S Radical Tale , , , , , , , , An all too brief little story, but packs a punch Muslim feminist utopian science fiction, you say That predicts solar power, you say Written in 1905, you say