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Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond Hardcover – 11 Dec 2016
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For all those who who hated history at school, this is going to change your perception of the same. In the introduction, the narrator tells us briefly about how the Koh-i-Noor got into the hands of the East India Company and how it rests in England now. The crisp of the book is maintained in this part. In the subsequent chapters both the authors take turns to describe in details how the most infamous diamond in the world changed hands and who can claim the prized jewel. --By Saptarshi Majumder on 27 December 2016
One of the best written book on Kohinoor! Mr. Dalrymple is to the point factually and Anita is precise on her detailing. Worth reading this book. --By Ashish Chatterjee on 28 December 2016
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William Dalrymple is an acclaimed historian and a bestselling and award-winning author whose books include City of Djinns, White Mughals, The Last Mughal, Nine Lives and Return of a King.]
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A slim volume, it traces the history of this diamond from the very beginning when diamonds were mined and discovered in India, their semi divine status, early references to the Kohinoor where it begins its history with the Mughals, then the Afghans and Persians, Maharaja Ranjit Singh and finally the tragic way in which it was expropriated by the British from the boy King Duleep Singh and his Queen mother Rani Jindan (a brave admirable woman who fiercely opposed British invasion into the Sikh Kingdom )....this was probably one of the most moving and emotional accounts for me personally and a painful reminder of the imperial loot and plunder from which our psyche and land is yet to recover....
William Dalrymple and Anita Anand have done a brilliant job examining previously held legends, stories and gossip trying to lift the fog of mystery around it. They have also used previously untranslated Sanskrit, Persian and Urdu sources to trace back its true history as much as possible. What is revealed will blow away the reader exposing the bloody violent and complicated history accompanying the diamond, its owners and those who came into contact of it.
Already having read most of his books and among my favourite authors, I will always credit William Dalrymple for opening up Indian history in a truly interesting vivid way as done never before by any other. This book further cements his rock solid reputation as one of our finest writer historians.
Part 1 : The jewel in the throne
* The Indian prehistory of the koh-i-noor
* The mughals and the koh-i-noor
* Nader shah : The koh-i-noor goes to Iran
* The durranis : The koh-i-noor in Afghanistan
* Ranjit Singh : The koh-i-noor in lahore
Part 2 : The jewel in the crown
* City of Ash
* The boy King
* Passage to England
* The great exhibition
* The first cut
* Queen Victoria's 'Loyal subject'
* The jewel and the crown
* 'We must take back the koh-i-noor'
2) According to the pious hindus the koh-i-noor was actually the "Syamantaka" gem as the 'Prince of gemstones' which is mentioned in the Bhagavad and vishnu puranas. And according to these ancient text Syamantaka was the brilliant jewel of the sun god Surya who wore it around his neck and from which he derived his dazzling appearance,but later the sun god gave the precious gem to satrajit, the yadava king of Dwarka because of his devotion towards him. But later the yadava king accused vasudeva shri krishna of stealing the gem but the latter proved his innocence and because of this the king gave her daughter and the diamond to him in marriage and because of these tales the Hindus considered Syamantaka as koh-i-noor and connect it with shri krishna.
2) Though majority of the world's diamond came from India until the discovery of diamond mines in Brazil in 1725 and the world's oldest treatise on gems and gemmology were also written in ancient India and collectively these text are known as "Ratnashastras".
3) Though nobody knows how the great mughals got the koh-i-noor but according to various travellers it came from the southern India and precisely from vijaynagar.But one thing Is clear that nobody knows about the origin of koh-i-noor and how it entered into the treasury of the mughals but we know how it left.
4) Babur mentioned about a great diamond in his Autobiography ' Baburnama ' but is this the koh-i-noor no one knows but during the reign of shahjahan when he ordered the magnificent 'Peacock throne' to be built it is the first time koh-i-noor came into light and it is fitted in one of the two peacocks. But during the rule of Muhammad Shah rangila ,the persian speaking warlord Nader Shah (son of a shepherd) invaded India and entered Delhi and ordered the massacre of civilians of Delhi and his army looted the entire city and grabbed the peacock throne and koh-i-noor and crores of rupees and precious gems and stones on his way back to Iran. But nadir shah was brutally killed by his own Men, but the first lady of Nader shah's harem gave the koh-i-noor to his trusted bodyguard Ahmad shah abdali/durrani .
5) Ahmad Shah abdali (the founding father of Afghanistan) who bring the koh-i-noor with himself in Afghanistan and the diamond remained with the durrani family for sometime but during the reign of afghan ruler Shah shuja he was incarcerated in prison by his rivals and his family reached in the court of Maharaja ranjit singh and shuja's wife promised maharaja ranjit that she will give koh-i-noor to Maharaja if he freed and saved the life of his husband Shah shuja and later ranjit singh freed shuja and takes the koh-i-noor from the afgan ruler.
6) Infact it was the lion of punjab maharaja ranjit singh who glorified the Value of koh-i-noor than any other king and he always wore the diamond in his arm as a armband but later when Ranjit Singh on his last stage of life he wanted that koh-i-noor should be donated to jagannath temple in Orissa but somehow his treasurer defied him and the great diamond stayed in punjab. But after the death of ranjit singh and afterwards the two anglo-sikh wars and finally British annexed the kingdom of punjab and lord dalhousie Cleverly forced the juvenile maharaja Duleep singh to gave the diamond to queen victoria which later he did and later koh-i-noor left the shore of hindustan for forever and reached london with great pomp.
7) But the matter does not settle here people from India, pakistan,Iran , afghanistan and Infact taliban Demands the koh-i-noor should be given to there respective countries and each claim the great diamond as its own ,but the sad reality is that koh-i-noor will remain in london forever in her Majesty crown. But the fame of koh-i-noor radiates all over the world Though it is not the world's biggest diamond but still it retains it's fame and that's why it is known as koh-i-noor- "
The mountain of light"
8) This book is awesome and both the authors had done a good amount of research and the language of the book is very easy to read, there are some rare pictures of koh-i-noor, of peacock throne and the various kings who wore the diamond ones very proudly.
9) The reader will also get a chapter on the life of Maharaja Duleep singh and how the latter was converted to Christianity.
10) I will recommend to Readers don't think too much just grab this book and read it thoroughly.
My ratings : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)
I hope you like the review, thanks for reading, Jai Hind.
It's a masterpiece in the area of History/Investigation Journalism. The best part of the book is the way it tells you the narration is both loved and hated at the same time. You love it for it's neutral and yet truthful based on evidence story telling, hated as it does not strike any pose for the fact of authenticity on know-how of Kohinoor or the happening said around it. But isn't that the beauty if it?
Do read this book and get amazed and dazzled by the extraordinarily conspicuous journey of KOHINOOR!
The story of Kohinoor takes shape and gets interesting from Nadir Shah and from there on the book becomes better than any thriller.
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