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Combat of Shadows

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Back of the Book Harry Winton, the British manger f a tea estate in /Assam leads a blessed life-a job which gives him power over scores of men; a rambling bungalow perched on the edge of a cliff; and an unencumbered , solitary existence in the verdant reaches of the Assam highlands –until the Anglo-Indian beauty ,Ruby Miranda, enters his life, Beneath her charming demeanour, Ruby conceals a throbbing desire: to become a puce memsahib to an Englishman. But when Harry goes o...

Back of the Book

Harry Winton, the British manger f a tea estate in /Assam leads a blessed life-a job which gives him power over scores of men; a rambling bungalow perched on the edge of a cliff; and an unencumbered , solitary existence in the verdant reaches of the Assam highlands –until the Anglo-Indian beauty ,Ruby Miranda, enters his life, Beneath her charming demeanour, Ruby conceals a throbbing desire: to become a puce memsahib to an Englishman.

But when Harry goes on leave to England and returns with an English wife , his relationship with Ruby takes an ominous turn. An irreversible web of deceit, adultery and revenge begins, which culminates in a chilling denouement.

One of Malgonka’s most complex and layer novels . Combat of Shadows is a finely etched portrait of a society in flux.

About the Author

Manohar Malgonkar (1913-2010) was an eminent post- Independence writer whose contribution to Indian writing in English is immense. A remarkable storyteller and a keen observer of social and political realities, Malgonkar is notable for his military thrillers, historical novels and adventure fiction. His major works include The Men Who Killed Gandhi, A Bend in the Ganges, Spy in Amber, Combat of Shadows, The Garland Keepers, The Sea Hawk, Shalimar, The Princes,Cactus Country, Distant Drum, Bandicoot Run and The Devils Wind.

Contents

PART I: Prelude to Home Leave  
A Sack of Tea Leaf 3
'All the Nines, Ninety-Nine!' 8
Chinnar Often Went to Your Head 20
'The Empire is a Hellish Big Thing' 28
Sunday Tiffin 37
Remember Your Party Manners 47
No Place for Failures 57
And Then There was Darkness 61
Here's to the Proprieties! 70
Revengeful God 75
Kistulal was Always Grinning 85
Variations On a Theme 90
Never Mind the Brandy 100
Shiva Walks with the Faithful 103
Off for the Holidays 116
Being Given to Understand 120
PART II: Return from Leave  
Goodbye Miss Chips 157
The Brindian Company at War 166
A Corner in a Market 177
Mating Call 185
Carried Unanimously 197
'Living in the Sunlight' 206
A Man and His Dog 216
They Came Bearing Gifts 224
'Ring in the New' 234
We don't Grow Morals 241
A Toast to the Jungle Night 249
The View from Wallach's Folly 256
'This is London Calling!' 274
Two Minutes in the Gun Room 283
'Where You and Eddie Left Off 294
Glow-worms in a Basket 298

 

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Item Code: NAP524 Author: Manohar Malgonkar Cover: Paperback Edition: 2013 Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd. ISBN: 9788129124722 Language: English Size: 8.0 inch X 5.0 inch Pages: 319 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 220 gms
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