Land of Seekers
Triveen Nair, author
1766 was arguably one of the most decisive years in the history of greater India, yet was one of those years that went down in recorded history as the least recorded. In the noise of the churn that was happening in the subcontinent, with several occupiers and defenders and conflicting narrative between the victor and the vanquished, no one document can ever be a correct representation. While a deteriorating Mogul Kingdom in the north witnessed general lawlessness, the Portuguese and then the rest swarmed the shores of East and West India. With the Dutch, Portuguese, French, and English vying for trading rights, they came as traders, then as looters, and then finally, as occupiers for a bigger share of the wealth. Spice was lodestone and the three millennium of gold reserves?Into this melee on the Spice Coast enters Hydr, a warlord, a half breed in true sense. Dodgy and untrustworthy, his mission is to amass wealth. Unknowing to this grand scheme of things, events occur as far away as Zanzibar, Oman, Venice, and some closer to home, in the mountains of Chitral and deserts of Thar and back alley of Calcutta, culminating in the still-unexplained death of three kings and billions of dollars? worth of gold going missing.