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A courtesan haa told Nadir Shah that the priceless diamond lay hidden in Mohammed Shahs turban. Citing an ancient tradition, the victor demanded an exchange of headgear At last the diamond was his. Or was it? Hastily he undid the folds... Wonderstruck at the gems size, brilliance and beauty. he exclaimed, Koh-i-noorl!
1739: the gem now had a name.
One fabulous diamond whose value could feed the entire world for two-and-a-half days. Four races: Indian,Afghan. Persian and English. whose destinies were inextricably involved with this gern.A Persian oilmans son who went on to virtually rule Golconda and its vast diamond mines.
A Mughal prince, hated by history, who was sinned against as much as sinning. Only an Indian or a Persian could tell this great story with all its nuances.
About the Author: Iradj Amini
Iradj Arnini was born in 1935 in Iran and studied in Teheran. Oxford and the US. He was the Shah of Irans last ambassador to Tunisia and has authored a book on Napoleon and Persia for the Napoleon Foundation. He lives in exile in Paris and overcomes his nostalgia for Persia by visiting India frequently and by writing on Indian history