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Strange Men Strange Places

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Strange men they were. Soldiers, mercenaries, free-booters. Europeans all, braving the heat and dust of India. They fought for wealth, for glory, and for sheer fun. Their glorious and inglorious exploits are full of thrill, romance, and violence. Ruskin Bond has recreated the turbulent and colourful India of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with the soldiers of fort ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published 1992 by Rupa Publications India
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Feb 07, 2016 Milan rated it liked it
This book is a collection of interesting historical anecdotes, mostly from 17th and 18th century. Most of the accounts are of Europeans who had come to India and a few concern Indian people and places. Most of them were soldiers who fought for various provincial rulers and the East India Company. The few people whom I found quite interesting were James Skinner, Benoit de Boigne and Claude Martine. I've studied at La Martiniere School for a couple of years so I was already familiar with one of th ...more
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Provides some lovely infamous/forgotten nuggets of history, especially from the colonial era. Enjoyed it.
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This book will take you back to 18th and 19th century of India.
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Fun read on European plunderers of India before the British Raj.
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Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children's authors and a top novelist.

He wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen which won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novellas, over 500 short stories, as well as various essays and poems, all of which have establi
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