Ordinary bores me. I have never been interested in doing things the way everybody else does them. My whole life has been proof of that.
Nontraditional, unsuitable Indian girl. Check. Not terribly religious Muslim girl. Check. Hold out for marriage until I know in my gut it’s the right person. Check.
So it’s no wonder I gravitate towards people who are eclectic. I like people who do things their way, no matter what anyone else says. Since I am a natural born rebel, I enjoy people who are natural born rebels. Today, I share with you 4 Of My Favorite Rebels:
1. Carrie Fisher - Not only was she a rebel princess on-screen, she was pretty badass off-screen. She was supremely witty and an excellent writer. She was never afraid to laugh at herself and share her wisdom. Although, I didn’t know her personally, I was sad when she crossed over. One less intelligent person in this world.
2. Joan of Arc - A French peasant girl who was a believer in her cause, she had no qualms going to royal court and telling the nobles what she was about. They were so impressed they gave her armor and a sword to fight the British, and she didn’t disappoint. She led key victories which led to victory for the French. Even when she was captured and eventually executed, she stayed true to her faith and free will.
3. Kishore Kumar - One of Bollywood’s most beloved playback singers, Kishore Kumar was a true artist and eccentric. He always had a disdain for the film industry and what he saw as its insincerity. He actually said that he preferred to talk trees rather than people. He once showed up on set with makeup on only half his face because the producer only paid half his fee. And he had a sign outside his house that read, “This is a lunatic asylum.”
4. Razia Sultana of Delhi - She was the only female ruler of the Delhi Sultanate in the 13th century. She was an educated woman at a time when Muslim women were not educated. She refused to dress like a woman, preferring men’s clothes. She also refused to wear the veil. She was an astute politician and military leader in a time when women remained secluded. Since the men around her resented a woman ruler, they constantly conspiring against her. She died the same way she lived, in battle.
Until next time... look behind and beyond the veil...
Sameena K. Mughal, Author, Freelance Writer