Book Review: Koh-i-Noor

Koh-i-noor by William Dalrymple

I just finished William Dalrymple‘s “Koh-i-Noor“, a history of the world’s most famous diamond, co-authored with Anita Anand.

I’ve been fascinated by the jewel known as the Mountain of Fire, and so found the book quite a gripping read. The side stories of people who wore, guarded or were involved with the Koh-i-Noor over the years made for interesting entertainment.

If you don’t care much about the gem, you may not really enjoy reading the book, though.

But if passages like this intrigue you, you’ll love it:

“On 16th May, 1739, after 57 catastrophic days in Delhi, Nadir Shah finally left the city, carrying with him the accumulated wealth of eight generations of imperial Mughal conquest. The loot was loaded on to 700 elephants, 4,000 camels and 12,000 horses carrying wagons all laden with gold, silver and precious stones.”

All in all, a decent historic account, sprinkled with just the right proportion of myth and legend, about a stone that has captured the hearts and minds of many generations… told by a masterful history story-teller.

Koh-i-noor by William Dalrymple

Another book you’ll enjoy enormously isĀ The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fck

 

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