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Summary[ edit ] Part One - Mandalay[ edit ] The novel starts with an year-old boy called Rajkumar running through the city of Mandalay to find a woman called Ma Cho. He is the last surviving member of his family and comes to Burma from India with a bright entrepreneurial spirit and a hunger for success. However, the entire Royal Family and their entourage are quickly extradited by the British and forced into house arrest thousands of miles away on the West coast of India. King Thibaw is one of the few real characters in the novel. Events conspire to weave Outram House the name of the residence the British provide to house the family and what remains of their assistants more firmly into the life of Ratnagiri than had been expected. King Thebaw is revered by the local community, and in time the family come to feel secure and even happy in their new surroundings.

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Summary[ edit ] Part One - Mandalay[ edit ] The novel starts with an year-old boy called Rajkumar running through the city of Mandalay to find a woman called Ma Cho. He is the last surviving member of his family and comes to Burma from India with a bright entrepreneurial spirit and a hunger for success.

However, the entire Royal Family and their entourage are quickly extradited by the British and forced into house arrest thousands of miles away on the West coast of India. King Thibaw is one of the few real characters in the novel. Events conspire to weave Outram House the name of the residence the British provide to house the family and what remains of their assistants more firmly into the life of Ratnagiri than had been expected.

King Thebaw is revered by the local community, and in time the family come to feel secure and even happy in their new surroundings.

Being the opportunist that he is, Rajkumar starts to make his own way in world after receiving advice from his new friend and colleague Doh Say. Borrowing cash from Saya John, he makes the journey to India to recruit poverty-stricken village-dwellers into the comparatively lucrative yet undoubtedly perilous world of early oil-mining in Burma.

Having made enough money this way, Rajkumar does what has been his dream for some time: buy a timber-yard of his own, with Doh Say as business partner.

Through an Indian connection in Rangoon Yangon , Rajkumar makes contact with Ratnagiri via Uma, and is accordingly granted an audience with the Collector and his wife over a meal that of course stiffly conforms to colonial best practice.

To his surprise, Dolly is present, and after some drama, he finally persuades her to leave the family she has been exiled with, and return with him to Burma as his wife. Part Three - The Money Tree[ edit ] Saya John prides himself on being able to spot the next big commodity, and on their return to Rangoon, he hands Rajkumar and Dolly a small clump of odd elastic material rubber Part Six - The Front[ edit ] The story of the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Burma and the subsequent family losses of lives and properties.

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He grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He then won the Inlaks Foundation scholarship to complete a D. They have two children, Lila and Nayan. He has also been a visiting professor at the English department of Harvard University since Ghosh subsequently returned to India began working on the Ibis trilogy which includes Sea of Poppies , River of Smoke , and Flood of Fire He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government in

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His name was Rajkumar and he was an Indian, a boy of eleven - not an authority to be relied upon. The noise was unfamiliar and unsettling, a distant booming followed by low, stuttering growls. At times it was like the snapping of dry twigs, sudden and unexpected. And then, abruptly, it would change to a deep rumble, shaking the food-stall and rattling its steaming pot of soup.

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