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The Camel Merchant of Philadelphia

The Camel Merchant of Philadelphia

Stories from the Court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Sarbpreet Singh
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In 1801, the young scion of a petty fiefdom in the Punjab was invested with the title of Maharaja of Punjab. The young man, whose name was Ranjit Singh, went on to carve out a kingdom for himself that stretched from the borders of Afghanistan in the west to the boundaries of the British Raj in the east. It included the lush hills and valleys of Kashmir, the barren mountains of Ladakh and the fertile plains of his native Punjab. The British valued him as an ally who would keep their western frontier safe and while they coveted his kingdom, they did not dare to engage in military adventures in Punjab during his lifetime.

The Camel Merchant of Philadelphia is an examination of Ranjit Singh and his times that focuses on a wide array of characters that populated his court. All these stories combine to present a nuanced and complex image of Maharaja Ranjit Singh through his interactions with these characters. The work humanises Maharaja Ranjit Singh and presents him as the brilliant man he clearly was, without attempting to gloss over his flaws and foibles.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Jun/2023

ISBN: 9780143463139

Length : 256 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

The Camel Merchant of Philadelphia

Stories from the Court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Sarbpreet Singh

In 1801, the young scion of a petty fiefdom in the Punjab was invested with the title of Maharaja of Punjab. The young man, whose name was Ranjit Singh, went on to carve out a kingdom for himself that stretched from the borders of Afghanistan in the west to the boundaries of the British Raj in the east. It included the lush hills and valleys of Kashmir, the barren mountains of Ladakh and the fertile plains of his native Punjab. The British valued him as an ally who would keep their western frontier safe and while they coveted his kingdom, they did not dare to engage in military adventures in Punjab during his lifetime.

The Camel Merchant of Philadelphia is an examination of Ranjit Singh and his times that focuses on a wide array of characters that populated his court. All these stories combine to present a nuanced and complex image of Maharaja Ranjit Singh through his interactions with these characters. The work humanises Maharaja Ranjit Singh and presents him as the brilliant man he clearly was, without attempting to gloss over his flaws and foibles.

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Sarbpreet Singh

Sarbpreet Singh, a writer, playwright, podcaster and commentator, is the author of Kultar's Mime (2016), The Night of the Restless Spirits and The Story of the Sikhs: 1469-1708. His latest book, a novel titled The Dancing Sufi of Lahore, reimagines the life and times of the Sufi Shah Hussain. He is also the author of Jujhar Cheema, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar set in Punjab in the early 1990s. His Story of the Sikhs Podcast, which has listeners in 90 countries and is currently in its fourth season, has an expansive sweep that has drawn comparisons with the work of Ken Burns. His work has been featured on the BBC and National Public Radio and his commentary has appeared in several newspapers in the US, India and Pakistan. Sarbpreet Singh is also the founder of The Gurmat Sangeet Project, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of sacred Sikh music.

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