- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury India; Latest edition (23 August 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9385936468
- ISBN-13: 978-9385936463
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,81,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Shazia Omar is a founding member of two writing groups in Bangladesh - Writers Block and Pen Warriors. Shazia is a social psychologist. She grew up in Saudi Arabia and Canada and got her liberal arts degree from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA.
Her first job was as an investment banker in Manhattan, at Lehman Brothers. One morning, she watched a plane fly into her office, watched burning people falling from the sky and then watched the forces of fear and greed compete for the world. She survived 9/11 but this became a critical turning point in her life.
After three years of traveling, visiting ashrams and learning yoga, she completed a Masters in Social Psychology at LSE, UK. Her thesis was on Representations of Happiness Amongst the Extreme Poor. Shazia then moved to Bangladesh and joined IFC, the private sector wing of the World Bank. Shazia is now CEO of a tech start up that provides digital solutions to improve the results of programs and companies that aim to serve the poorest.
Shazia teaches Ashtanga yoga and power yogilates in Dhaka where she lives with her family.
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I finally picked it up again yesterday, and then proceeded to devour it in just one sitting! Dark Diamond is filled with romance, tragedy, greed, pirates, magic and is an adventure you’ll never forget.
“I live in the Alley among the squalid and the forgotten. Your opulence is nauseating, built on bones of defeated kingdoms. You pursue destruction. You forget that the purpose of life is not division, it is unity.”
Mughal India, the late 1600’s. The British East India Company is making its first footholds in India, establishing trade and forming relationships, waiting patiently to take over.
Lord Shayista Khan rules Bengal not with his heard, but with fear. A rumoured Wizard who does not age, a supposed brutish and uncaring man, he is also in possession of the rarest diamond from the mines of Kollur – the Kalinoor; the Dark Diamond.
Inside, Lord Shayista Khan is Talib, a man who has suffered the tragedy of living when all those he loves have died; died because he wasn’t enough to save them.
Champa was never one to settle down and marry like custom, and her father, dictates she should. She spends her time helping her grandfather, the local Pir (a Mughal magician and healer) and teaching the young girls in her locality dance and music among other things. Her grandfather’s life work has been searching for the diamond Shayista has hidden somewhere.
Madeline, a French Fugitive, is on a mission to find the diamond mines of Kollur to barter for social standing and a rich enough husband. She enlists the help of a pirate to take her to Bengal.
In the quest for the possession of the rarest diamond on the world, we are transported into the minds of very different people, learning what makes them tick, their fears and sources of greatest joy. In the search of a cursed object, we see Bengal, and India, in its finest – luxury, culture and trade at its pinnacle, along with the death, closed mindedness and damnation.
The only thing about this novel that I didn’t like was a certain someone being alive after all at the ending. It seemed unrealistic, too unreal in a real novel and I wish it hadn’t happened.
Dark Diamond is unlike any adventure you’ve ever experienced before, so buckle in and get ready to fall in love.