November 07, 2014
I'm collaborating with an amazing Kathak dancer (Kathak is one of India's classical dance forms) Farah Yasmeen Shaikh to transform my first novel, The Twentieth Wife
into a dance drama.
Farah will dance, and I will narrate directly from The Twentieth Wife
We premiere in the San Francisco Bay Area, January 16th-18th. Video below is from the performance, a work-in-progress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkWdRZPkbpI
September 18, 2013
George, Lord Auckland, Governor-General of India, brings his sisters, Emily and Fanny Eden, to Maharajah Ranjit Singh's court in November 1838.
The Maharajah is very generous, pays for th...e stay of the entire British contingent, some 25,000 strong, for the two months they are his guests--Auckland comes to ask for help in the war against Afghanistan.
Emily and Fanny both document their visit--Ranjit sends the Kohinoor diamond to their tent; they hold it, admire it.
Something else happens also in THE MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT
--I gave Emily almost all of the second chapter of the novel, even...
September 18, 2013
In THE MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT,
Henry Lawrence comes to the Punjab as Resident after the first Anglo-Sikh war. He's a kind man, also appointed guardian to the eight year old heir to the Punjab Empire, Maharajah Dalip Si...ngh.
To Dalip, Henry's a mentor, a father figure--a man for whom Dalip's affections last all his lifetime.
The idea is that the British will retreat after Dalip attains his majority, leaving to him the massive Punjab Empire that his father created...but they don't. Henry's loud and vocal against the annexation of the Punjab to British lands in India.
For his troubles, and...
September 06, 2013
The second-to-last Indian owner of the Kohinoor diamond--Ranjit Singh was a one-eyed king, who established the mammoth Punjab Empire.
In November 1838, Lord Auckland, the Governor-General... of India, visits his court with his sisters, Emily and Fanny Eden, to ask for help in the war against Afghanistan.
Paralyzed on part of one side from two strokes at the time, Ranjit can still ride his horse, still holds a firm grip on his empire and his lands. After his death? It's a different story...one you'll read in THE MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT.