Author: Diwan Jarmani DassPublisher: Hind Pocket BooksYear: 2009Language: EnglishPages: 435ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788121612074
Exciting stories that capture the magic, romance, secrets and sensuality of Princely India. Tales of love and betrayal spread over the magnificent decades of the Maharajas, with their harems of Indian and European maharanis and Mistresses, Palaces, Horses, Rolls Royces, tiger Hunts, Feasts and Darbars. An invaluable insight into a bygone era of opulence and extravagance.This book is an intimate and fascinating insight by Diwan Jarmani Dass who rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous. A brilliant recounting of first-hand experiences, it reveals tales of chivalry and sacrifice, of love and betrayal of the kings and Princes under the British Raj, and their eventual decline.
PrefaceSome Rulers and their StatesMap PART ONE:Stories about the Maharaja’s private life1. A Maharaja’s Day2. The palace of gaiety3. French doctors at the Palace 4. A game of Cards5. The State Orchestra6. New Cult of Sex Worship7. Cricket and Politics8. Conspiracy with Mussolini9. Audience with Mussolini10. British Minister at Patiala11. A saint from Banaras12. Interview with George V13. Last Moments of the Grand maharaja14. Palace Intrigue15. Weird ways to dismiss Ministers16. Defeat of the British!17. Erotic Cabinet Meetings18. Princess Gobind Kaur19. Plight of a PrincessRARE PHOTOGRAPHS - 20. Maharaja and Collaterals21. At Abdine Palace22. Visit to Morocco 23. Field Marshal in Brazil 24. Turbans and Treachery25. Ram Piari’s Tragic End26. Quick Disposal of Files27. The Fabled Nizam28. Nizam and the Butter29. Hyderabad snippets 30.The Spanish Maharani31. Fountains and Fanfare32. No Appetite!33. A Nautch Girl at Indore34. All Over Blue Eyed Rachni35. A Junagadh Bitch that was a Princes 36. King of Dacoits37. Gaekwad’s Stick and the British Sovereign38. Cabinet Meetings in Water Closet39. Lunatics as Advisors40. Craze for New Bank Notes41. The tragedy of Errors42. Ominous Cockatoo43. The Mirs and the Honours44. Cleopatra at the Place45. Candle Dance in the Pool46. Pritam and the Snakes47. Maharaja in sheep’s clothes48. The Royal astrologer49. Selecting a Bride50. From the Sands of Alwar51. Gloves and the emperor52. For Europeans only 53. Begum Kham and the Alwar Orgies54. All over Cold soda55. Escapade to French India56. Adoption and Succession57. The pasha’s Daughter58. Officer for the Trousers59. Copying the Elephants60. The Cradle of Culture61. Royal TitlesPART TWO:Maharaja in Politics62. Round Table Conference 63. Impasse over Loin Cloth64. Federal structure65. Salutes and HonoursPART THREE:End of and Epoch66. Historico-political Canvas67. After the IntegrationPART FOUR:AppendicesAppendices AAppendices BAppendices CAppendices DTable of Salutes Fired in IndiaThe number of Rulers in Different Slabs...List of Rulers for Whom Provision...List of Rulers in respect of...List of Rulers whose Privy Purse...