Lioness of Punjab


Product Details

Yali Books
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.63 inches | 0.87 pounds

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About the Author

Anita Jari Kharbanda is an Indian-American engineer by trade and a storyteller by heart. She lives in North Texas with her husband and two sons. An avid lifelong reader of all kinds of fiction, she revels in seeing her children do the same. The healing power of letters filled with family history inspired Anita to start writing. She now writes thekinds of stories she's devoured through the years, with one difference. She promised herself she'd write stories about the characters she dreamed of seeing in books growing up, and lift the voices of those who go unheard. Connect with her at
Anantjeet Kaur is an independent illustrator and graphic designer. Born and brought up in Delhi, she graduated in graphic design and English literature. A varied life experience, and a love of life and her country, as well as her Sikh roots, propel her imagination in a unique way. See more of her work at


"...Bhag Bhari's strong Sikh faith and courage shine throughout...An illuminating look at Sikh history." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A powerful, heart-stopping debut, LIONESS OF PUNJAB explores love, duty, honor, and faith. Mai Bhago is a strong and complex heroine."-- Kelly Loy Gilbert, Author of Multiple Award-Winning CONVICTION and PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT

"LIONESS OF PUNJAB is exciting, surprising, and important with a heroine we won't forget. Kharbanda gives Mai Bhago her own special voice in a coming-of-age story that is simple but adventurous, intimate but epic. We are the fortunate ones to have this novel and author debut." -- Kalisha Buckhanon, Author of ALA Alex Award Winner UPSTATE

"LIONESS OF PUNJAB is an immersive, poignant, coming-of-age tale of legendary heroine, Mai Bhago. Kharbanda masterfully brings to life a remarkable, complex young woman who finds the strength and courage to fight for her beloved people. Everyday life, family dynamics, action, adventure, and significant historical events are blended seamlessly and skillfully to create an unforgettable world. This is historical fiction at its best!"

-- Betty G. Yee, Author of GOLD MOUNTAIN

"The inspiring tale of the real-life heroine Mai Bhago, a Sikh warrior in 17th century India, finally gets its due in this evocative novel from Anita Kharbanda. A must-read!"-- Preeti C. Sharma, Author of REDEEMING THE DEMON'S DAUGHTER