Author: Alexander Gardner
Publisher: National Book shop
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171162312
Stirring and interesting memoirs written in a lucid and satisfactory manner by one who occupied the ringside seat in the service of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
A goodly portion of Colonel Gardner's eventful life was spent in the Panjab Kingdom during the palmy days of Ranjit Singh. His adventurous travels were in the regions adjacent to or beyond the Punjab frontier. Gardner evidently possessed a power of narration and description in a high degree, clear on facts, graphic in touches of detail, picturesque invariably.
Gardner gives us much material for historical completion of the portraiture of Ranjit Singh, who was the most extraordinary native that ever rose to power in India within modern times. His analysis of Gulab Singh's conduct and disposition amounts to ruthless vivisection, and must doubtless be true. Equally graphic is his account of the murder of Maharaja Sher Singh.
These memoirs, published just half a century after the events, corroborate the conclusions formed by many after the first Sikh War in 1845-46.