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A Princess Remembers (The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur)

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Item Code: NAJ039
Author: Gayatri Devi
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788171673070
Pages: 418 (88 B/W illustrations and 1 Map)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch
weight of the book: 580 gms

About the Author

 

She is the daughter of the Maharaja of Cooch Behar and the widow of the Maharaja of Jaipur. She was raised in a sumptuous palace staffed with 500 servants, and she shot her first panther when she was twelve. After she had won a seat in the Parliament of India. john F. Kennedy introduced her as "the woman with the most staggering majority that anyone has ever earned in an election." She' has appeared on lists of the world's most beautiful women.

 

Gayatri Devi, describes her carefree tomboy childhood with her brothers and sisters. in the palace of Cooch Behar and on their adventurous trips with their elegant mother to London and the Continent; her secret six-year courtship with the dashing, internationally renowned polo player, Jai, the Maharaja of Jaipur; and her marriage and her entrance into the glittering life of the City Palace of the "pink city" of Jaipur, where she had to adjust to unfamiliar customs and to life with Jai's two other wives.

 

Jai's liberating influence, combined with Gayatri Devi's own strong character, took her well beyond the traditionally limited activities of a Maharani: she founded several progressive schools and she won unprecedented success in the political arena. In recent years' Gayatri Devi 'has had to face tragedies as great as her former triumphs, and she writes movingly of these as well.

 

A Princess Remembers presents an intimate look at the extraordinary life of one of the world's most fascinating women, and an informal history of the princely states of India from the height of the princes' power to their present state of de-recognition.

 

Contents

 

Part One

1.

A VISIT TO BARODA

1

2.

My PARENTS' MARRIAGE

20

3.

CHILDREN OF THE NEW MAHARAJA

31

4.

FAMILY LIFE IN COOCH BEHAR

44

5.

THE DUTIES AND DELIGHTS OF ROYALTY

70

6.

ENGLAND, THE CONTINENT, AND CALCUTTA

86

7.

THE MAHARAJA OF JAIPUR

99

8.

I BECOME ENGAGED

115

Part Two

9.

OUR WEDDING

143

10.

PALACE LIFE IN ]AIPUR

163

It.

WARTIME

194

12.

INDEPENDENCE

220

13.

THE RAJPRAMUKH OF RAJASTHAN

237

Part Three

14.

INDIA'S NEW GOVERNMENT

249

15.

THE SWATANTRA PARTY

271

16.

CAMPAIGNING FOR ELECTION

285

17.

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

304

18.

AMBASSADOR TO SPAIN

324

19.

JAI'S LAST POLO GAME

342

Part Four

20.

FURTHER CHANGE

357

21.

THE EMERGENCY

367

22.

TIHARJAIL

373

23.

POST EMERGENCY

383

24.

My LIFE TODAY

387

INDEX

403

 

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