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Australian writer launches his books at Kolkata

Posted on Jan 30, 10:52PM | IBNS

By Pragya Mukherjee, Kolkata, Jan 29 : Two books- 'The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outbreak' and 'The Mysterious Mr. Jacob: Diamond Merchant , Magician and Spy'- were launched by the author of these two books, John Zubrzycki, ato Oxford Bookstore here on Tuesday.

At the launch Editor of The Telegraph, Rudrangshu Mukherjee, engaged a stimulating conversation with John Zubrzycki who is also a well known journalist from Australia.

The first book is an anecdote of rise and fall of the princely supremacy.

The book traces the history of Hyderabad's eight dynastic rulers, their battles, their lifestyle, and their dealings with the British.

The book is largely dedicated to the life of the last Nizam Mukarram Jah. He had chosen a life of simplicity and anonymity over regal fortune to live in the outback of an Australian farm. John got the opportunity to meet with this person.

The second book is about a story of Simla jeweller Alexander Malcolm Jacob. It is a tale of magic and mystic of history of a gem, a diamond which is larger than the famous Kohinoor.

The name of this diamond is Imperial Diamond or Jacob's Diamond now in possession of the Government of India, the writer said.

The story tells how Jacob, a diamond merchant, magician and spy becomes a rich person and scandal in the year 1891, turns his life into hell after showing audacity to set a deal to sell the Imperial to the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Australian- Indian Council took the initiative to launch John's book.

(Reporting )