Monday, August 01, 2005

Tipu Sultan - The Tiger of Mysore - Part III

One of Tipu Sultan's prized possessions was 'Tipu's Tiger', a curious mechanical toy representing a royal tiger in the act of devouring a prostrate European officer. This object was said to have been inspired by a certain person eating and that person's grandson, a famous author, later paid tribute to this incident by writing a story in which an unpleasant aunt is similarly devoured by a pet ferret. Who was this author?

Hector Hugh Munro, Saki

The famous novel ‘The Moonstone’ by William Wilkie Collins contained an account of one of Tipu’s battles in the prologue. Which battle?

The Battle of Seringapatinam

Who played Tipu Sultan in the tele-series ‘The Sword of Tipu Sultan’, which was aired on Doordarshan?

Sanjay Khan

One of Tipu Sultan’s descendants was an Allied spy during World War II. What was her name?

Noor Inayat Khan

Who currently owns the sword of Tipu Sultan?

Vijay Mallya

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