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Companions of Paradise

by Thalassa Ali

Lovers of well-written historical romance rejoice! Cross-cultural and spiritual divides are explored in the concluding drama of a trilogy set against a backdrop of India and Afghanistan during British rule. The Sufi mysticism imbues the storytelling with a depth of authenticity which springs from experience rather than pure research. The author’s obvious passion for the people and region draws you in and keeps you reading.

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Pride. Mariana's munshi had told her that pride meant everything to an Afghan. Any one of them, especially a Pushtoon tribesman, would willingly throw away his life to prove a point of defend a principle. He would never forget a service, would defend a guest to the death, and would offer asylum to anyone who asked properly, even someone who had murdered a member of his own family.
'If an Afghan's honour requires revenge' her old teacher had said, 'he will exact it, whatever the price. We have a saying in India: may God save me from the fangs of the snake, the claws of the tiger, and the vengeance of the Afghan.'

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