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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 1:51 p.m. PST

"While we wait for A Suitable Boy, Singapore Grip, Black Narcissus and Far Pavilions, the work on another exotic series has been announced yesterday:Siddharth Roy Kapur, the president of the Producers Guild of India, has bought TV rights to THE ANARCHY: The Relentless Rise Of The East India Company, epic novel by William Dalrymple! Spanning more than 200 years, the 2019 best seller describes how the infamous East India Company rose to prominence against the decline and fall of the storied Mughal Empire. It provides a remarkable account of how a provincial trading start-up, run by thirty people from an office only five windows wide in a nondescript London building, became rulers of an entire sub-continent; in the process establishing the richest and most powerful empire in the history of the world. Kapur is currently in the process of finding a mix of Western and Indian writers for the series."


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dbf167624 Jun 2020 3:43 p.m. PST

Note the differing subtitles of the book in the British and U.S. editions. I thought this was a good book. While Dalrymple's position is is clearly anti Company, the story actually shows that the Company was there at the right place and right time (from its perspective) to take advantage of a chaotic situation that was not of its making. This is as much a tale of war, murder, blindings and betrayals among the northern Indian ruling classes as it is of the rise of the Company. Hopefully, a film adaptation will reflect this.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2020 11:11 a.m. PST



Old Peculiar26 Jun 2020 3:34 p.m. PST

With the current rewiting of Indian history I would not hold my breath for a balanced retelling!

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