JOHN MASTERS NIGHTRUNNERS OF BENGAL PDF

Learn how and when to remove this template message Masters was the son of a regular soldier, a lieutenant-colonel whose family had a long tradition of service in the Indian Army. He saw service on the North-West Frontier with the 2nd battalion of the regiment, and was rapidly given a variety of appointments within the battalion and the regimental depot. In , he organised a hunt for a leopard reported to be roaming the depot at Bakloh , only to find himself facing a full-grown tiger which killed one of the Gurkhas acting as beaters. He later commented that whatever rank and decorations he was awarded, he was always known to the Gurkhas as "The Sahib who shot the Bakloh tiger". Masters subsequently served in Iraq, Syria , and Persia with the battalion, before being briefly seconded as a staff officer in a Line of Communications HQ.

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Learn how and when to remove this template message Masters was the son of a regular soldier, a lieutenant-colonel whose family had a long tradition of service in the Indian Army. He saw service on the North-West Frontier with the 2nd battalion of the regiment, and was rapidly given a variety of appointments within the battalion and the regimental depot.

In , he organised a hunt for a leopard reported to be roaming the depot at Bakloh , only to find himself facing a full-grown tiger which killed one of the Gurkhas acting as beaters. He later commented that whatever rank and decorations he was awarded, he was always known to the Gurkhas as "The Sahib who shot the Bakloh tiger".

Masters subsequently served in Iraq, Syria , and Persia with the battalion, before being briefly seconded as a staff officer in a Line of Communications HQ. Here he met the wife of a fellow officer and they began an affair.

Even though they later married, there was something of a scandal at the time. After passing the Staff College, Masters next served as brigade major in the th Indian Infantry Brigade before being "poached" by Joe Lentaigne , another officer from the 4th Gurkhas, to be brigade major in th Indian Infantry Brigade , a Chindit formation.

From March, , the brigade served behind the Japanese lines in Burma. The isolated position was attacked with great intensity for seventeen days and eventually the brigade was forced to withdraw. Masters felt obliged to order the medical orderlies to shoot 19 of his own men, casualties who had no hope of recovery or rescue.

Masters later wrote about these events in the second volume of his autobiography, The Road Past Mandalay. In recognition of his "gallant and distinguished services in Burma", he was in October awarded the DSO [2]. After briefly commanding the 3rd battalion of his regiment, Masters subsequently became GSO1 the Chief of Staff of Indian 19th Infantry Division , which was heavily involved in the later stages of the Burma Campaign , until the end of the war.

He left the army after this posting, and moved to the United States, where he attempted to set up a business promoting walking tours in the Himalayas , one of his hobbies. When his novels proved popular, he became a full-time writer. He died in from complications following heart surgery. His family and friends scattered his ashes from an aeroplane over the mountain trails he loved to hike. Now out of print, it is a sympathetic but not uncritical biography.

According to Clay, Masters possessed a strong and sometimes domineering personality, and could be impatient with weakness or incompetence. He could also be extremely warmhearted and generous. His outgoing and boisterous personality flourished during his long residence in the United States.

Masters was impatient with the literary establishment, which faulted his Indian novels as unsympathetic to Indians, and he was impatient with editors who wanted to remove the rough edges from his characters. He was extremely hard-working and meticulously well-organized, both as a soldier and a novelist. Clay speculates that Masters may have been driven to achieve by rumours that his family was not "pure" English, but Anglo-Indian or Eurasian.

In Masters learned what he had apparently long suspected, that he did indeed have a distant Indian ancestor. They are nevertheless extremely revealing.

Road Past Mandalay deals mostly with the Burma campaign in the War, while Pilgrim Son chronicles his career as a writer. Literary works and controversy over them[ edit ] Treatment of British rule in India[ edit ] Apart from the autobiographical works mentioned above, Masters is also known for his historical novels set in India. Seven of these portray members of successive generations of the Savage family serving in the British and Indian Armies in India, in an attempt to trace the history of the British in India through the life of one family.

In chronological order of events but not in order of publication these novels are: Coromandel! The Deceivers An English officer goes undercover to root out the ritual murders of Thuggee.

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After almost three decades, it turns out I forgot almost all the details of the plot, other than the setting at the time of the Indian Sepoy Uprising in It is also apparent that the first time around I was more interested in the adventure elements of the story opulent tiger hunts, harrowing escapes from blood crazed savages, gruesome murders, valiant cavalry charges, naked girls dancing, etc than in the political implications and the evident bias of the narrator for the A re-read for me. It is also apparent that the first time around I was more interested in the adventure elements of the story opulent tiger hunts, harrowing escapes from blood crazed savages, gruesome murders, valiant cavalry charges, naked girls dancing, etc than in the political implications and the evident bias of the narrator for the British point of view in the conflict. Briefly, Captain Rodney Savage is an officer in a Native regiment in Bhowani - an imaginary town bordering Kishanpur, a still independent Indian kingdom. After the Rajah of Kishanpur is murdered, Rodney is sent to pacify the city and to support the succession of his wife Sumitra Devi, who may have ordered the killing in the first place. Rodney is assisted in his investigations by Caroline Langford, an earnest young lady who seems to have more empathy for the country and its people. When hell breaks loose, Rodney and Caroline try to escape towards a larger British garrison where a large scale confrontation with the rebels offers a grandiose finale to the novel.

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