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A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur Download Å 7 Review A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur Ood; her secret six year courtship with the dashing internationally renowned polo player Jai the Maharaja of Jaipur; and her marriage and entrance into the City Palace of the 'pink city' where she had to adjust to unfamiliar customs and life with his two wives Jai's liberating influence combined with Gayatri Devi's own. My first book about a Maharani from India and certainly not the lastI had been trying to concrete my thoughts since the moment I read this book and have been failing to find the right wordsTaking time out of your everyday fiction reading and exploring the world of Indian Princesses and ueens is a delightful feelingComing from a highly educated and liberal background the daughter of Cooch Behar granddaughter of Baroda and the widow of Maharaja of Jaipur Maharani Gayatri Devi s book keeps you exhilaratedThe first half of this book is about how Indian royalty looked like The scenes are described so well that for a moment you are transported to the palaces richness summer vacations at hill stations hundreds of people at your service studying abroad meeting and being friends with princes and princesses playing sports considered rich people s game going to and conducting parties every once in a while having the international ambassadors as guests being respectable and God like to your subjects and living a regal life without any pretense or regretThe second half is the Maharani s life as a political leader campaigning and standing up against the corruptions in Congress party I was expecting this half to be as grand as the first that left me a bit disappointed But looking at the phases of the Maharani s life the incidences that led her being without a purpose and real joy a sensitive heart can only show consolationFor me it was a near balanced stark honest and brave memoirWhat impressed me the most was how sincere the book is without a hesitation of being judged The author doesn t pretend to be someone she isn t She lived a life of ueen with its perks opportunities and also limitations giving the readers a taste of Indian royalty This really is a privilege for the readersThe book is far from being a formal account of dates and treaties Spoken as a true storyteller the author s life has been a fairy tale sometimes the world is full of sweetness light hope and joy and other times there is an absence of all of these But the sense of moving on keep holding on never ceasesBeing the third wife of Maharaja of Jaipur coming from a liberal place and accepting age old traditions of her in laws just because she loved her husband so much tells a lot about a personIn the second chapter of her life Gayatri Devi has played a crucial role in shaping the Indian politics campaigning for a party she believed in criticizing the government s decisions with a fine balance and giving her people a hope as a leader Coming out from her comfort zone to work for the people who looked up to her was difficult considering the traditions few decades back and it motivated many women from high societyEach page had to speak volumes each word trying from the past to interact with the future generation in hope zeal and beliefMaharani Gayatri Devi s autobiography brings the reader to an era not familiar to most of us and makes it difficult to forgetSince a small age the students in India have been studying about the Struggle of Independence through the freedom fighters looking glass Having a glimpse of Princely lifestyle was a treatBut with luxuries came the responsibilities and sometimes the disadvantages of being a ueen were far greater than the fun of itFabulous pictures black cover with golden title and feel good pages make the reading experience betterTo sum it all up I believe that works like this should be read and for they provide a perspective normally we fail to seeFor those who are interested in lives of Indian ueens palaces elephant processions tiger hunts and royal parties go for itI thank Dr Govind Sharma Sir for introducing me with such a personality

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A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur Download Å 7 Review A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur 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 She has appeared on the lists of the world's most beautiful women Gayatri Devi describes her carefree tomboy childh. I recommend this book for the first half which is a rich not a pun but a truth description of the life of Indian royalty in the first half of the century This is a rare peak at a bygone world that was not so long ago The book is light on World War II and after that Gayatri Devi s description of her life particularly in politics has little depthAlthough her grandfather ruled a small kingdom near what is now Bangladesh her mother s active social life brought Gayatri into the orbit of Jai the Maharaja of Jaipur a very large kingdom uite a distance away The description of the courtship and the fabulous life that surrounds it makes the book After the wedding The clothes The guests The gifts Polo Traveling from palace to palace she is installed in a zenana women s uarters in partial purdah female seuester with two sister wives in full purdah After the exotic first half the second is a let down I was anticipating something not sure what about life during the war There are some day to day observations about the rationing and how Jai led parades and troops The post war narrative was a bigger let down There is nothing on the partition With Gayatri s family s kingdom on the border of the new Bangladesh I expected well something It is simply said that they worked with Louis Mountbatten and like other royals agreed that their kingdom will be part of India There is little on how this came about or worked but suddenly their palace was to be a hotel and museum Their status seems diminished the kids at school hear that it is but they are still leading a life of hunting expeditions polo matches and formal partiesGayatri says she ran for office because the Congress Party was corrupt and not getting things done She gives a rather unbelievable account of well managed things had been ie maharaja s arranged for water to be available in droughts created parks and cared for roads and how they had deteriorated In office it was hard to tell her goals or her point of view There was a lot on campaigning and meeting dignitaries She mentions hearing grievances of the people As for clues on her style andor politics she had to have been well known John F Kennedy called her India s Barry Goldwater and during riots her husband warned her not to go since her prescience would be inflammatory One political item takes several pages In 1970 a constitutional amendment was proposed and succeeded to end stipends for former royals Apparently the British had negotiated these to get rulers to sign on to the new India It does not seem that Jai and Gayatri needed this stipend since their wealth the source is unexplained seems to be extensive Gayatri is sympathetic to her social peers and writes uite a bit to justify her stanceIf you are interested in Indian royal life in the early 20th century this is the book for you The photos are fabulous

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A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur Download Å 7 Review A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur Strong character took her well beyond the traditionally limited activities of a Maharani This is 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. My elderly aunt picked up a little hardback copy of this book simple black cover with golden print for the title in a bookshop when she was wandering in India twentysome years ago This year she gifted it to me on my birthday with the advice that India is complex and fascinating and I would do well to learn about the country and visit it someday if possibleI didn t know exactly where Jaipur was on the subcontinent but I understood who a maharani would be and when I flipped through the musty old pages I found intriguing illustrations of tiger hunts elephant processions and gargantuan palaces I uickly gathered that this would be a memoir of someone very very rich and from her pictures I could see she was a dazzling beauty She tells the story of her family life as one of the Indian elite royals who lived through the 20th century transition of India from part of the British Empire to a new democracy working out its future path Her family connections were linked to power and wealth across the subcontinent and the number of servants possessions and home arrangements she describes seemed extraordinary in their excess to me but I see how it was a norm for her She covers details of daily schedules for maharajahs maharanis and other members of the royal family and shares what her fears concerns and personal hopes were as she moved through her distinctive life experienceHer progressive and Western educated mother set a pattern the author would follow in her own life as the third wife of the powerful monarch of Jaipur who was also an international polo star for she helped erode the strict traditions of female segregation in domestic life known as purdah She gave an explanation of a polygamous family functioning manner that was foreign to me but I learned from how it was so accepted and sensible from her perspective Those interested in the rituals and ceremonies practiced among the royalty in colonial India will enjoy this book and so will students of political science for the author became a significant figure in an opposition party that arose to challenge the almost complete control the Congress Party political machine had on emergent India following the partition of India the creation of Pakistan the merging of the princely states and the areas under British authority into one unified land It was a life of incredible privilege and wealth this princess lived with houseguests ranging from Douglas Fairbanks in the 1920s to Jackie Kennedy in the 1960s and flights to Monte Carlo Buenos Aires or London taken on a whim This certainly wasn t a typical life story and I ended up reading it during a tropical rainstorm in Puerto Vallarta Mexico sitting on a balcony looking over the old part of that city I was reminded that life can take us to exotic exciting places and so can books

  • Paperback
  • 408
  • A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur
  • Gayatri Devi
  • English
  • 13 November 2018
  • 9788171673070

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    (Read) [A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur] I selected this book because its written by my grandmotherShe is the daughter of the Maharaja of Cooch Behar and the widow of the Maharaja of Jaipur Raised in sprawling palaces She shot her first panther when she w

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    (Read) [A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur] I recommend this book for the first half which is a rich not a pun but a truth description of the life of Indian royalty in the first half of the century This is a rare peak at a bygone world that was not so long ago The book is light on World War II and after that Gayatri Devi’s description of her life particularly in politics h

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    (Read) [A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur] PricelessLovedThe details which the princess remembers from color of car to dresses while describing the royal eventsThe opulence on display the personality the cordial relationsDetails on how a king runs a kingdom and what are the different considerationsCan be considered as a biography of her husband Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Ji II referred to as Jai by the ueenStructured well in 4 parts with apt chapters and titlesLoad

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    (Read) [A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur] Read & download Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ß Gayatri Devi Review A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur I visited the Pink City of Jaipur as I traveled through the state of Rajasthan in India The Pink Palace was alive in all i

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    (Read) [A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur] Review A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur Once a long long time ago there lived a pretty young woman She married a prince and became a princessIt was in a small and pink city of only three uadrillion peopleThe walled hamlet was located in IndiaShe soon was known throughout th

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    (Read) [A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur] My first book about a Maharani from India and certainly not the lastI had been trying to concrete my thoughts since the moment I read this book and have been failing to find the right wordsTaking time out of your everyday fiction reading and exploring the world of Indian Princesses and ueens is a delightful feelingComing from a highly educated and liberal background the daughter of Cooch Behar granddaughter of Baroda

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    Review A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur Read & download Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ß Gayatri Devi Gayatri Devi ß 7 Read My elderly aunt picked up a little hardback copy of this book simple black cover with golden print for the title in a bookshop when

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    (Read) [A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur] Gayatri Devi ß 7 Read Review A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur This is a slow read I generally have a fascination of palaces and grandeur described with minute detailing This

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    Read & download Ö eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ß Gayatri Devi Gayatri Devi ß 7 Read Review A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur Gayatri Devi The Maharani Of Jaipur I must frankly confess that I am a socialist and a republican and am no believer in kings and princess or in

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    (Read) [A Princess Remembers The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur] I'd give it than 5 stars if I could Greedily gobbled this one up this book has it all the British raj India in

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