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The Raja of Harsil: The Legend of Frederick 'Pahari' Wilson

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The Raja of Harsil tells the story of Fredrick Wilson, a 19th-century adventurer who, in the words of Rudyard Kipling, "lived a life that would have been the envy of kings". He was the first white man to permanently settle in the Bhagirathi valley. Virtually penniless when he arrived, possessing little more than two rifles, a bedroll and the clothes on his back, fortune sm ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published 2010 by Roli Books Pvt Ltd (Lotus)
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Ajitabh Pandey
A very well researched and very well written biography of Frederick Wilson who lived a great life.

'Pahari' did a lot to improve the life style of people of Harsil. He was a loyal citizen of the empire and was willing to do anything in the service of the Queen.

It is quite surprising that such an amazing entrepreneur, innovative, and administrative leader is remembered by few.

Unfortunately he could not be a good parent to his own children and people say that due to the curse of "Lord Someshwar" hi
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Vikas Singh
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is a thrilling account of Frederick ‘Pahari’ Wilson, a deserter from British army in the first Afghan war. A adventurist to the core, he introduced commercial timbering in the Tehri-Garhwal while playing a significant role in the Great game and the Anglo-Sikh war. He was to be, later, the inspiration for Kipling’s story- ‘The Man who would be the king’. His adventures after deserting the army began at Mussoorie where he met Colonel Young and joined the Degchi brigade.
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Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Raja of Harsil(the story of Frederick 'Pahari' Wilson - a biography from Robert Hutchison, of the man who brought the first apple to Garhwal, reduced Harsil to near zero deodar forest, had two wives and an affair, was a Brit who was part of the Great Game spy troop, managed to counsel the raja of Garhwal to stay out of the 1857 mutiny and remained an outstanding trekker - When the subject matter is this interesting, how can the book not be.The story of one of the many buried in Mussoorie's g ...more
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