Review: End of Nana Sahib by Jules Verne

It indeed comes as a surprise that the classic sci-fi writer Jules Verne should have written a story centered around a political figure  of the mutiny of 1857 in India.  Nana Sahib was a much wanted man after the mutiny, and could never be found. The story is made interesting by its other major thread – the steam powered elephant chugging along two full houses to traverse the route from Kolkata to the base of the Nepal hills. The Frenchman Maucler, an adventurer, Colonel Munro, engineer Banks, Captain Hooks who is obsessed with hunting, and three of their subordinates thus take us along their intrepid journey through historical Indian cities of Gaya, Benares, Allahabad, Kanpur and Lucknow. The prime mover of the plot is the strange connection between Colonel Munro and Nana Sahib. It was Munro who killed the Rani of Jhansi, the friend of Nana Sahib. And it was Nana Sahib who was involved in the killing of Munro’s wife at...
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The End of Nana Sahib

It came as a shocker — a book by this name, from none other than Jules Verne!! This is going to be my next read, and the book is on the way. Who was Nana Sahib? More intriguing is — what happened to him? He disappeared in 1857 after playing a prominent role in the battles. Some said he had fled to Nepal, and there were rumours that he had escaped to Constantinople. Many people turned up claiming to be Nana Sahib. As it happens in India, no one knows for sure. And no one knows what happened on that fateful day on the ghat of the Ganga in Kanpur. I went and saw the graves of the soldiers at the All Souls Church. And spent a  harrowing 3 hrs walking around the army camp in search of that ill fated well where the British ladies and children had been dumped. I couldn’t locate it, but then exhausted I walked into...
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