Chasing the Mountain of Light: Across India on the Trail of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond (Paperback)
The Koh-i-Noor diamond known as the Mountain of Light, the world's largest diamond, was found in India, traveled from Golconda to the Mughal palaces in the north. Fought over, cursed at and occasionally lost, it finally reached the Sikhs in the Punjab, only to be seized by British agents eager to please young Queen Victoria. It now lies in the Tower of London where some say its curse controls the fate of the Windsor family. In Chasing the Mountain of Light, Kevin Rushby pursues the dramatic career of the Koh-i-Noor on a journey to the heart of Indian culture meeting dealers, smugglers, and petty crooks along the way. It's another adventure from Rushby whom the Washington Post recently compared to William S. Burroughs and Arthur Rimbaud.
About the Author
Kevin Rushby has lived and worked in Sudan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Yemen. He is the author of Children of Cali: Through India in Search of Bandits, the Thug Cult, and the British Raj; Eating the Flowers of Paradise: A Journey Through the Drug Fields of Ethiopia and Yemen; and Chasing the Mountain of Light: Across India on the Trail of the Koh-I-Noor Diamond. He lives in York, England.
“Rushby weaves a mesmerizing tale as he crosses India in search of the Koh-i-Noor diamond.” —Evening Standard
“A fascinating adventure trail that combines extraordinary factual detail with thought-provoking mystery. . . remarkable.” —Vanity Fair
“The book provides an unusual look at aspects of Indian culture that tourists don't often encounter on the standard tour.” —International Travel News