The Exile

Navtej Sarna

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In 1839, Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab, one of India’s greatest rulers, died and his empire was plunged into chaos. Less than a decade later, weakened by internecine rivalry and intrigue, Punjab fell into the waiting hands of the British. The ruler who signed away the kingdom and its treasures, including the famed Koh-i-noor diamond, was an eleven-year-old boy, Duleep Singh, the youngest of Ranjit Singh’s acknowledged sons. In this nuanced and poignant novel that draws upon true events, Navtej Sarna tells the unusual story of the last Maharaja of Punjab. Soon after the British had annexed his kingdom, Duleep was separated from his mother and his people, taken under British guardianship and converted to Christianity. At sixteen, he was transported to England to live the life of a country squire—an exile that he had been schooled to seek himself. But disillusionment with the treatment meted out to him and a late realization of his lost legacy turned Duleep into a rebel. He became a Sikh again and sought to return to and lead his people. The attempt was to drag him into the murky politics of nineteenthcentury Europe, and leave him depleted and vulnerable to every kind of deceit and ridicule. His end came in a cheap hotel room in Paris, but not before one last act of betrayal and humiliation. Printed Pages: 272. Size: 15 x 23 Cm. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In 1839, maharaja ranjit singh of punjab died and his empire was plunged into chaos less than a decade later, weakened by internecine rivalry, punjab fell into the hands of the british the ruler who signed away the kingdom and its treasures, including the famed koh-i-noor diamond, was the eleven-year-old duleep singh, the youngest of ranjit singh's acknowledged sons in this nuanced and poignant novel, navtej sarna tells the unusual story of the last maharaja of punjab soon after the british annexed his kingdom, duleep was separated from his mother and his people, taken under british guardianship and converted to christianity at sixteen, he was transported to england to live the life of a country squire-an exile that he had been schooled to seek himself but disillusionment with the treatment meted out to him and a late realization of his lost legacy turned duleep into a rebel he became a sikh again and sought to return to and lead his people the attempt would drag him into the murky politics of nineteenth-century europe, leaving him depleted and vulnerable to every kind of deceit and ridicule his end came in a cheap hotel room in paris, but not before one last act of betrayal and humiliation

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Title: The Exile
Publisher: Penguin/Viking
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: New
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