Before He Was Nemo
In 1870, French science fiction author Jules Verne published Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and introduced the world to Captain Nemo, commander of the world’s first submarine, the Nautilus. But what of Nemo’s origin?
He was an Indian whose title and name at birth were Prince Rajesh Dakkar, son of the Rajah, or King, of the then independent territory of Budelkund. His father hired a teacher whose own reputation for wisdom would spread across the nation. His name was Indra Singh, and his principal purpose was to mentor Rajesh and to secure the best tutors and materials for the instruction of his student.
But book learning within the confines of the palace walls was not enough for the young prince. He longed for adventure and at the age of eighteen purchased a one-hundred ton ship with square rigged sails, dramatically modified and improved the efficiency of the craft He set out to conquor the world, leading an international crew of rogues and thieves soon to be called the Black Knights. These are their amazing stories.
Read by Roberto Scarlato.