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Chasing the Mountain of Light: Across India on the Trail of the Koh-I-Noor Diamondby Kevin Rushby
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The Koh-i-Noor diamond known as the Mountain of Light, the world's largest diamond, was found in India, traveled from Golconda to the Mughal palaces in the north. Fought over, cursed at and occasionally lost, it finally reached the Sikhs in the Punjab, only to be seized by British agents eager to please young Queen Victoria. It now lies in the Tower of London where some say its curse controls the fate of the Windsor family. In Chasing the Mountain of Light, Kevin Rushby pursues the dramatic career of the Koh-i-Noor on a journey to the heart of Indian culture meeting dealers, smugglers, and petty crooks along the way. It's another adventure from Rushby whom the Washington Post recently compared to William S. Burroughs and Arthur Rimbaud.
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Combining travelogue and historical inquiry, the author weaves together the history of the Koh-i-noor diamond, legends associated with the diamond, and his own adventures chasing the legend of the diamond from southern India, where the diamond was rescued by Krishna (an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu), to Amritsar in the north, where the last Indian possessors of the jewel lost it to the conquering British.
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The Koh-I-Noor, or the Mountain of Light, the world's largest diamond found in India, was fought over, cursed, and occasionally lost. It finally reached the Punjab, only to be seized by British agents eager to please young Queen Victoria. Now in the Tower of London, some say its curse controls the fate of the Windsor family. In Chasing the Mountain of Light, Kevin Rushby retraces the dramatic career of the Koh-I-Noor on a journey to the heart of contemporary India.
About the Author
Kevin Rushby is the author of Eating the Flowers of Paradise. He lives in England with his wife and children.
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