Ranjit Singh: Maharaja of the Punjab

Khushwant Singh

Verlag: Penguin, 2008
ISBN 10: 0143065432 / ISBN 13: 9780143065432
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The classic biography of one of India’s greatest rulers Ranjit Singh was in every way as remarkable a man as his contemporaries, Napoleon and Mohammed Ali. From the status of petty chieftain he rose to become the most powerful Indian ruler of his time. His empire extended from Tibet to the deserts of Sindh and from the Khyber Pass to the Sutlej. His army was one of the most powerful of the time in Asia and was the first Indian force in a thousand years to stem the tides of invasion from the north-west frontiers of Hindustan. This is the first detailed biography of the first and only Sikh ruler of the Punjab by a Sikh writer who has devoted many years of his life to research on Sikh history. In this classic work Khushwant Singh presents Ranjit Singh as he really was. Based on Persian, Punjabi and English sources and drawing upon the diaries and accounts of European travellers like Moorcroft, Sir Alexander Burne, Masson, Fane and Emily Eden, this is a memorable account of the pageantry and brilliance of the Sikh Kingdom at the height of its power, and a lively portrait of one of the most colourful characters in Indian history. 'Khushwant Singh has retained the flavour and taste of those heady times when the Sikh cavalry galloped to victory on every battlefield they happened to traverse. With this classic work, he has brought alive yet another colourful chapter in Indian history.' —The Indian Express ‘A memorable account of the pageantry and brilliance of the Sikh kingdom at the height of its power'—Financial Express. Printed Pages: 352. Size: 13 Cms x 20 Cms. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Inhaltsangabe: Born into a royal family, Ranjit Singh was the foundation stone of the Sikh empire, and his legacy has guided the Sikh religion forever, forming the state of Punjab as we know it. Starting with the sacking of Lahore, wresting it from the Bhangi Misl to make it his capital, Ranjit Singh's military conquests pit his name among those of Napoleon and Muhammad Ali of Egypt. He fought against the remaining Sikh misls and built the Sikh empire as a formidable opponent against the British. In this book, Khushwant Singh composes his ode to this mighty conqueror, telling readers how he reduced many of his neighbouring states to his territories, making them pay tributes regularly. An authoritative book, it makes an interesting read for all Sikhs and anyone interested in the origin of the state of Punjab.

About the Author: Khushwant Singh was an Anglo-Indian writer, advocate, politician and journalist. A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Mr. Singh is best remembered for his humour, love of poetry and his vigourous treatment of secularism in his writings, most evident in: The Company of Women, Truth, Love and a Little Malice, With Malice towards One and All, The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories and Delhi: A Novel.

A graduate of Government College, Lahore, St. Stephen's College in Delhi and King's College London, he read for the Bar at the Inner Temple and served as a practising lawyer for nearly fifteen years before entering journalism. He has worked with The Illustrated Weekly, The National Herald and Hindustan Times. A prolific writer, Mr. Singh wrote till the grand old age of 99, releasing his last work The Good, The Bad and The Ridiculous a few months before his passing in March 2014.

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Titel: Ranjit Singh: Maharaja of the Punjab
Verlag: Penguin
Erscheinungsdatum: 2008
Einband: Paperback
Zustand: New
Auflage: First Edition.

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Buchbeschreibung George Allen & Unwin, London, 1962. 225x145mm. 237 pages. Hardcover. Gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Cover corners and spine edges bumped. Stamp on first whitepage. Pages yellowing. Else in good condition. The book is in : English. Artikel-Nr. KG 92 065

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