In the times of turmoil and anarchy of the 18th century India, Hyder Ali, an ordinary soldier raises through the ranks to take over the Mysore kingdom; a small kingdom that is in danger of being swallowed by the Marathas and the Nizam of the Deccan. Despite overwhelming odds, Hyder Ali forges an empire right under their noses through tact, bravery and machinations – an empire that spans from the dry lands near Krishna River to the lush green forests of Malabar.
A fictional retelling of the life of the Mysore ruler, Hyder Ali. An improbable tale of a fatherless boy, a prisoner who goes on to build an empire and become one of the pre-eminent rulers of India.
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Shubendra is an avid trekker who has been trekking all across India for almost 10 years. He has been exploring places that are out of the radar of most adventure enthusiasts. He also writes travelogues of his journeys for private consumption.
Outside his work as an aircraft engine designer for a Fortune-50 company, he spends his time reading military history of 18th and 19th century India. His first book, ‘In the land of Tipu’ is a seamless narrative that combines his trekking experiences across South India and the military history of Tipu’s rule.
His second book, ‘Hyder Ali’ is a fictional retelling of the life of Tipu Sultan’s father, Hyder Ali