In the 17th century, Filippo travels from Venice to Afghanistan to rescue his imprisoned father, and stops in India to raise the ransom by selling his father's beautiful diamond to Shah Jehan, who later uses the stone as the model for the Taj Mahal.
In the mid-eighteenth century, an unsavory character and his simpleton son become involved in the lives of a wealthy English family when that family's eldest son is disinherited because of his love of music.
The sequel to "The Wheel of Surya". Jaspal and Marvinder, escaped from the civil war in India, find their father in England. Jaspal cannot forgive his father for abandoning them. Marvinder, recognizing her musical gifts, is torn between staying in England and returning to India to find her mother.
In India, Raju is angry about spending two months on his aunt and uncle's farm while his family attends a wedding in England, but things looks much brighter after he becomes mother to a newly hatched chick.
"I am truly a child of both countries and both cultures". Born to an Indian father and an English mother, Jamila Gavin's childhood was divided between two worlds. Her earliest memories are of India, where she lived in a crumbling palace built for a prince, and learned to steal sugar cane and suck mangoes. But she would spend much of her childhood in England, where she picked blackberries, got chilblains, and learned to recognise doodlebug bombs. And between the two there were unforgettable journeys, by bullock carts and tongas, crowded trains and romantic P&O liners. A touching and very personal recollection, with a backdrop of world-shaking events, from the Blitz of World War II to the struggle for Indian independence and the assassination of Gandhi.
Twelve-year-old Nettie's sheltered and privileged life changes after her beloved tutor mysteriously disappears and Nettie, aided by the son of a household employee, begins to learn the truth about her father, whose wealth began with trafficking in illegal aliens.
Ronnie, 16, goes to India in search of his father, taking the only legacy his father left- two sacred "singing bowls". Befriended by a street child and a junkie, Ronnie discovers the power of the singing bowls for good and evil, and finds more about himself and the rich tapestry that is India.
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