The Other Queen
Sheeba Shah writes about intrigue, betrayal, and passion with great verve in The Other Queen, offering readers a rare chance to reimagine the past from a woman's perspective. The narrator, Rajendra Lakshmi is the neglected wife of King Rajendra Bikram Shah of Nepal. She is also the sister of his better-loved wife, Queen Samrajya Lakshmi Devi. While focusing on the narrator's inner life, the author also shows how her fate is entwined with that of the nation. The story is as dramatic as it is enjoyable.