ISBN 9789385288227,In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi : And Other Travels in India

In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi : And Other Travels in India


John Lang



Speaking Tiger Books

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9789385288227

ISBN-10 9385288229


Number of Pages 208 Pages
Language (English)


And now the Ranee, having invited me to come closer to the purdah, began to pour forth her grievances and whenever she paused, the women by whom she was surrounded, set up a sort of chorus Woe is me! What oppression! It reminded me somewhat of a scene in a Greek tragedy - comical as was the situation. Novelist, intrepid traveller, barrister-at-law, newspaper editor and uninhibited gossip, John Lang lived for a number of years in pre - and post - Mutiny British India and his writings constitute some of the most vivid records of the time. Lang describes his meeting with the Ranee of Jhansi - soon to become the focal point of the rebellion - as well as his counsel to her, he also chronicles the wondrous and tragic life of Black and blue, a boy of mixed British and Indian parentage and his claims to a peerage in England. And, narrating a march in the Upper Provinces, Lang provides an eyewitness account of eight thousand monkeys, gathered in Deobund for a clan meeting. Written with a historians sense of detail, a raconteurs delight in the unexpected and a keen sense of the absurd, John Langs travel diary is a riveting read.