Book on thugs of india
Thug: The True Story Of Indias Murderous Cult by Mike DashA very interesting book about a kind of obscure part of history. I liked this in particular because I know almost nothing about British India, I may have to read up some more about it. This was a great book because it covered two of my favourite genres: killers & history.
Its basically about this network of Thugs who travelled around the roads in old India strangling thousands of people and taking all their stuff. Very interesting.
As with most historical books, the author went a little overboard with the notes & references section at the back. I wish authors would use that space to tell more of the story, and instead just have a brief URL on the last page for more info (Ive seen some authors actually do this). Cant believe I found this book in a thift store for $3! Id also recommend Dashs book Batavias Graveyard which is one of my all-time favourite historical novels.
Confessions of India's real-life Thugs
There is a menace in society that threatens thousands upon thousands of lives. This menace is a religious cult whose members employ methods of violence never before faced by the authorities. They are masters of disguise, brilliant liars and utterly ruthless. Normal laws cannot deal with this menace. Special forces with special powers are required. It's not hard to see why the subject of Thuggee is a timely preoccupation of historians such as Mike Dash.
The Thugs were Indian roadside bandits, originally from what is now Madhya Pradesh in central India, who strangled and robbed unwary travellers, having previously befriended them. The word comes from the Sanskrit sthag, meaning to deceive or trick. I first came across the Thugs about 15 years ago. Sleeman was one of those now-forgotten, larger-than-life, 19th-century colonial figures, a brilliant linguist and exceptional administrator with a voracious appetite for work and great intellectual curiosity. He was the first man to identify dinosaur fossils in India, an especially striking feat since he did so when the subject was in its infancy. In a sense he was also responsible for The Jungle Book he was the first man to collect stories about feral children, inspiring Kipling to create Mowgli. But he was chiefly famous for the campaign he led to crush the Thugs in the late s and early s, and the articles and books he subsequently wrote about them, based on interviews with those he had persuaded to turn informer.
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The plot revolves around a fictional anti-hero protagonist , Ameer Ali. The story lays bare the practices of the Thugs , or "deceivers" as they were called, who murdered travellers for money and valuables. This work was originally published in and reprinted in Ameer Ali, the fictional anti-hero protagonist of Confessions of a Thug ,  is a composite of multiple real-life thugs: Feringhea, Ameer Alee, and Aman Subahdar. Feringhea was a jamadar, or captain, and led many expeditions before turning into a prolific informer for the British. One scene in the novel, in which a thug band led by Ameer Ali suffers a misfortune, is lifted almost word-for-word from Sleeman's book.
Mike Dash is a Cambridge educated historian. He has worked as a magazine publisher, and is the author of four previous books including the bestsellers Tulipomania and Batavia's Graveyard. He lives in London. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?