Koh-i-Noor

The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond
Author: William Dalrymple,Anita Anand
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1635570778
Category: History
Page: 352
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From the internationally acclaimed and bestselling historians William Dalrymple and Anita Anand, the first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, arguably the most celebrated jewel in the world. On March 29, 1849, the ten-year-old leader of the Sikh kingdom of the Punjab was ushered into the magnificent Mirrored Hall at the center of the British fort in Lahore, India. There, in a formal Act of Submission, the frightened but dignified child handed over to the British East India Company swathes of the richest land in India and the single most valuable object in the subcontinent: the celebrated Koh-i-Noor diamond, otherwise known as the Mountain of Light. To celebrate the acquisition, the British East India Company commissioned a history of the diamond woven together from the gossip of the Delhi Bazaars. From that moment forward, the Koh-i-Noor became the most famous and mythological diamond in history, with thousands of people coming to see it at the 1851 Great Exhibition and still more thousands repeating the largely fictitious account of its passage through history. Using original eyewitness accounts and chronicles never before translated into English, Dalrymple and Anand trace the true history of the diamond and disperse the myths and fantastic tales that have long surrounded this awe-inspiring jewel. The resulting history of south and central Asia tells a true tale of greed, conquest, murder, torture, colonialism, and appropriation that shaped a continent and the Koh-i-Noor itself.

Koh-i-Noor

The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond
Author: William Dalrymple,Anita Anand
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408888858
Category: History
Page: 352
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The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i-Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world. On 29 March 1849, the ten-year-old maharaja of the Punjab was ushered into the magnificent Mirrored Hall at the centre of the great fort in Lahore. There, in a public ceremony, the frightened but dignified child handed over great swathes of the richest country in India in a formal Act of Submission to a private corporation, the East India Company. He was also compelled to hand over to the British monarch, Queen Victoria, perhaps the single most valuable object on the subcontinent: the celebrated Koh-i Noor diamond. The Mountain of Light. The history of the Koh-i-Noor that was then commissioned by the British may have been one woven together from gossip of Delhi bazaars, but it was to become the accepted version. Only now is it finally challenged, freeing the diamond from the fog of mythology that has clung to it for so long. The resulting history is one of greed, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation told through an impressive slice of south and central Asian history. It ends with the jewel in its current controversial setting: in the crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Masterly, powerful and erudite, this is history at its most compelling and invigorating.

Koh-I Noor


Author: William Dalrymple,Anita Anand
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781408888865
Category:
Page: 160
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Kohinoor

The Story of the WorldÕs Most Infamous Diamond
Author: William Dalrymple,Anita Anand
Publisher: Juggernaut Books
ISBN: 9386228084
Category: Crown jewels
Page: 239
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This riveting tale of the Kohinoor, the worldÕs most coveted gem, unearths fascinating new information as it moves from the Mughal court to Persia to Afghanistan; from Maharaja Ranjit Singh's durbar in Punjab to the Queen of England's Crown. A thrilling tale, full of violence, drama and intrigue.

The Koh-I-Noor Diamond

The History and the Legend
Author: Stephen Howarth
Publisher: Quartet Books Limited
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 160
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The Kon of Kohinoor

Kohinoor Reclaimed
Author: Disha & Durgesh Bailoor
Publisher: Notion Press
ISBN: 9384878049
Category: Fiction
Page: 203
View: 1755
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"The secret agents of three countries have set a trap in Muse’de Paris to catch any body who dares to steal the royal crown jewels and the Kohinoor. Alisha unwittingly falls in love with a Capt of the IB and still wants to be a part of the Kohinoor conspiracy? Will Adani sacrifice his daughter’s life in the greed for the Kohinoor ? Will it be the end of Adani’s empire and his life? The winds of destiny blow around the mystical diamond the Kohinoor and it will bring down mighty and the arrogant!"

Koh-i-noor; or, The Great exhibition and its opening


Author: Francis Higginson (lt.)
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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Chasing the Mountain of Light

Across India on the Trail of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond
Author: Kevin Rushby
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0312239335
Category: History
Page: 272
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A fascinating account of the Koh-i-Noor--the world's largest diamond--follows this prized gemstone on its illustrious journey from owner to owner as it is cherished, fought over, stolen, and occasionally "lost" and found again. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

The Koh-i-noor Diamond


Author: Iradj Amini
Publisher: Roli Books Private Limited
ISBN: 9351940357
Category: History
Page: 216
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A courtesan had told Nadir Shah that the priceless diamond hidden in Mohammed Shah's turban. Citing an ancient tradition, the victor demanded an exchange of headgear. At last the diamond was his. Or was it? Hastily he undud the folds? Wonderstruck at the gem's size, brilliance and beauty, he exclaimed, 'Koh-i-noor'! 1739: the gem now had a name. One fabulous diamond whose value could feed the entire world for two-and-a-half days. Four race: Indian, Afghan, Persian and English, whose destinies were inextrcably involved with this gem. A Persian oilman's son who went on to virtually rule Golconda and its vast diamond mines. A Mughal prince, hated by history, who was sinned against as much as sinning. Only an Indian or Persian couild tell this great story with all its nuances.

The Kohinoor Conspiracy


Author: Hiren Kamat
Publisher: Notion Press
ISBN: 1947752804
Category: Fiction
Page: 274
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The dwindling coffers of the Royal Palace in the UK sends the palace officials into a strategic firefighting mode. The only feasible way to replenish the funds is to auction the Kohinoor diamond in the royal crown. When India gets wind of this, it is keen to retrieve what it believes rightfully belongs to it. Thus, begins a secret mission to get back the diamond from its ‘buyer’ without the Royal Palace’s knowledge. Karan Thakur, a member of India’s foreign intelligence agency R&AW, is roped into action to ‘steal’ it from wherever it is. Can he and his team succeed in pulling off one of the biggest heists of all time?

Glorious History of Koh-i-noor, the Brightest Jewel in the British Crown


Author: N. B. Sen
Publisher: New Delhi : New Book Society of India
ISBN: N.A
Category: Koh-i-noor (Diamond)
Page: 127
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The Mountain of Light

A Novel
Author: Indu Sundaresan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451643527
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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From the internationally bestselling author of The Twentieth Wife, a novel based on the tumultuous history of a legendary 186-carat diamond—originating in India—and the men and women who possessed it. As empires rose and fell and mighty kings jostled for power, its glittering radiance never dimmed. It is the “Mountain of Light”—the Kohinoor diamond—and its facets reflect a sweeping story of love, adventure, conquest, and betrayal. Its origins are the stuff of myth, but for centuries this spectacular gem changes hands from one ruler to another in India, Persia, and Afghanistan. In 1850, the ancient stone is sent halfway around the world where it will play a pivotal role in the intertwined destinies of a boy-king of India and a young queen of England—a queen who claims the Mountain of Light and India itself for her own burgeoning empire, the most brilliant jewels in her imperial crown. The Mountain of Light is a magnificent story of loss and recovery, sweeping change and enduring truth, wrapped around the glowing heart of one of the world’s most famous diamonds.

The Evolution of Dress Fastening Devices from the Bone Pin to the Koh-i-noor


Author: Hebert Manchester,Waldes & Co., Inc
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Clothing and dress
Page: 22
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Kohinoor in the Crown

Critical Studies in Indian English Literature
Author: K. V. Suryanarayana Murti
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Indic literature (English)
Page: 193
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Story of the kohinoor diamond


Author: Leo Fredricks,G. S. Fredricks,Florence Brook
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 132
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Kohinoor in You

Adventure of a modern Writer
Author: Mukesh Kumar Shahi
Publisher: Evincepub Publishing
ISBN: 9387905144
Category: Self-Help
Page: 153
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"Adventure of a Modern Writer Kohinoor in You is the charming, light-hearted and yet profound tale of a man inspired by his Grandfather (Nanaji) to seek the wisdom of the Ramayana and Bhagvat Gita. Like many of us in our youth, the young man has no idea what he wants to do with his life. He has no idea about the hidden talent and the great quality he is having. He lives aimlessly from one day to the next- his is only passion is studying the Bhagvat Gita, Ramayana and many inspiring books and spiritual talks. When he decides to pursue this passion in all seriousness, it proves to be the turning point of his life! Journey with the Modern day and studying the Bhagvat Gita and various spiritual books and inspirational stories, he is applying the wisdom as a success principal to become an inspiring and motivational writer in the nation and the world. Interestingly, this book does not have a specific character with a great name. The story is about you and your journey through life. While you flip through the pages, you may well find yourself walking the hero’s path to bring out the Kohinoor inside you and the real talent which was desolate due to some reasons. This book can be read by a parent, young adult, students, business tycoon, academic professor, writer, artist or many profession people with any age group. It’s a book for the people, a book that makes you think. With short chapters and easy to read language, you cannot put down the book till you find the real hidden talent to bring out the hidden Kohinoor in you.

Nine Lives

In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
Author: William Dalrymple
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408801248
Category: History
Page: 304
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A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet - then spends the rest of his life trying to atone for the violence by hand printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. Nine people, nine lives; each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story. William Dalrymple delves deep into the heart of a nation torn between the relentless onslaught of modernity and the ancient traditions that endure to this day. LONGLISTED FOR THE BBC SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE

History of Koh-i-Noor, Darya-i-Noor, and Taimur's Ruby


Author: N.A
Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Distri
ISBN: N.A
Category: Crown jewels
Page: 180
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In Xanadu: A Quest (Text Only)


Author: William Dalrymple
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007397593
Category: Travel
Page: 320
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One of the most successful, influential and acclaimed travel books of recent years from the author of ‘Return of a King’, which has been shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize.

Return of a King

The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42
Author: William Dalrymple
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307958299
Category: History
Page: 560
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From William Dalrymple—award-winning historian, journalist and travel writer—a masterly retelling of what was perhaps the West’s greatest imperial disaster in the East, and an important parable of neocolonial ambition, folly and hubris that has striking relevance to our own time. With access to newly discovered primary sources from archives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and India—including a series of previously untranslated Afghan epic poems and biographies—the author gives us the most immediate and comprehensive account yet of the spectacular first battle for Afghanistan: the British invasion of the remote kingdom in 1839. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed helmets, and facing little resistance, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the mountain passes from India into Afghanistan in order to reestablish Shah Shuja ul-Mulk on the throne, and as their puppet. But after little more than two years, the Afghans rose in answer to the call for jihad and the country exploded into rebellion. This First Anglo-Afghan War ended with an entire army of what was then the most powerful military nation in the world ambushed and destroyed in snowbound mountain passes by simply equipped Afghan tribesmen. Only one British man made it through. But Dalrymple takes us beyond the bare outline of this infamous battle, and with penetrating, balanced insight illuminates the uncanny similarities between the West’s first disastrous entanglement with Afghanistan and the situation today. He delineates the straightforward facts: Shah Shuja and President Hamid Karzai share the same tribal heritage; the Shah’s principal opponents were the Ghilzai tribe, who today make up the bulk of the Taliban’s foot soldiers; the same cities garrisoned by the British are today garrisoned by foreign troops, attacked from the same rings of hills and high passes from which the British faced attack. Dalryrmple also makes clear the byzantine complexity of Afghanistan’s age-old tribal rivalries, the stranglehold they have on the politics of the nation and the ways in which they ensnared both the British in the nineteenth century and NATO forces in the twenty-first. Informed by the author’s decades-long firsthand knowledge of Afghanistan, and superbly shaped by his hallmark gifts as a narrative historian and his singular eye for the evocation of place and culture, The Return of a King is both the definitive analysis of the First Anglo-Afghan War and a work of stunning topicality.