The Gunga Sahib

by Talbot Mundy
Release date: 1934
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, mainstream

Ben Quorn is a grave digger from Philadelphia who finds himself, helped by strange quirks of destiny, riding an elephant named Asoka through the streets of Narada, the capital city of a small Indian province. Seen by hundreds, he is thought to be the reincarnation of Gunga Sahib, a character in Hindu mythology who is supposed to return some day to restore a beautiful princess to her rightful throne. One of the people who sees Quorn riding Asoka is Chullunder Ghose, one of the most colorful fictional characters ever created. Ghose yearns to be prime minister in the province and sees his opportunity. He encourages Quorn and the only available princess to bring the ancient myth to life and topple the government. His plan is as convoluted as a labyrinth laid out by a drunk – but it ends up succeeding. Myth and destiny conspire to produce the most unlikely of results.

(updated 2017-01-19)

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