Twilight in a Knotted World by Siddhartha Sarma

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Twilight in a Knotted World by Siddhartha Sarma is a work of historical fiction. The book presents a captivating portrayal of Indian history’s most misrepresented criminals…the real ‘thugs’ of Hindustan! Published by Simon and Schuster, the book hit the shelves in September 2020.

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The East India Company is master of almost the entire subcontinent, but real power is now with the Crown. Far from the great games of the empire, Captain William Henry Sleeman is content to administer Jabalpur district and dig for remnants of petrified bones with his charming and knowledgeable wife. Until he is tasked with investigating the activities of an obscure group of criminals who are said to strangle their victims.

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Siddhartha Sarma, tells us what his latest book, 'Twilight In A Knotted World', is all about… A captivating portrayal of Indian history’s most misrepresented criminals…the real 'thugs' of Hindustan! 'Twilight In A Knotted World' is on sale now at all online and offline bookstores! (link in bio for more) #books #publishing #TwilightInAKnottedWorld #SleemanBegins #writing #history #historicalfiction #indianhistory #historicalfiction #historybuff #britishindia #theraj #bookcover #booksbooksbooks #keeponreading #lovetoread #indianhistoryandculture #historylovers @titlewavesbandra @higginbothamsbookstore @midlandbooksofficial @bahrisons_booksellers @ombookshop @oxfordbookstores

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As Sleeman uncovers the many layers of the Phansigar problem, he finds a language unlike any other, and a set of beliefs, lore, and superstitions seemingly drawn from the soul of the countryside. He finds orchards of corpses, and a hierarchy of stranglers, but also ordinary men driven to murder. He hears subtle murmurs of discontentment at the changes which have come to a land believed by some to be unchanging. He finds auguries of a conflict to come. And behind it all, the legend of a mysterious, beautiful man, whose capture might be the key to understanding the Phansigars.

Sleeman’s inquiries will make him confront the nature of his beloved adopted homeland and of the mighty people in Calcutta who he serves. Through the prism of caste, the consequent web of intricate social and cultural relationships, and the nature of travel in the hinterland, he will see the real face of India and come across its uncomfortable, bleak truths.

But to unravel such truths is not easy…

About the Author

Siddhartha Sarma is a historian and journalist. A former investigative reporter who covered insurgency, crime, law, and foreign affairs, his debut novel The Grasshopper’s Run received the Sahitya Akademi Award, 2011, for children’s literature. His most recent non-fiction work is Carpenters and Kings: Western Christianity and the Idea of ​​India. Twilight in a Knotted World is his third novel.

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