Jaipur Nama -  Tales from the Pink City

Jaipur Nama - Tales from the Pink City

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Author: Giles Tillotson
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 260
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0144001004


Jaipur Nama is the story of one of India's most fascinating cities, as seen through the eyes of both its residents and its visitors, who witnessed and recorded different moments in Jaipur's history between the 18 and the 20 centuries.

The triumphs, follies and foibles of its rulers, the passion and drama of palace intrigues, the splendour of royal rites and entertainments, and the bustle and energy of its bazaars and ateliers, all come to life through the vivid and detailed accounts of chroniclers as diverse as an Austrian Jesuit, a French naturalist, a court priest, a city merchant and a pilgrim from Banaras. Many of these accounts are here translated into English for the first time. Each reflects a different aspect of Jaipur, together creating a captivating, kaleidoscopic portrait of the Pink City.

Linking these narratives are the observations, experiences and perceptions of the author, Giles Tillotson, who skilfully weaves the past into the present as he writes about the personalities who shaped the character of the city, the wonders of its architecture, and the development of its superb arts and crafts.

Entertaining as well as scholarly, Jaipur Nama will appeal to a wide readership. For those who know Jaipur or plan to go there, this book will sharpen and enrich their experience of the city, while armchair travellers will find it a delightfully witty and knowledgeable companion.


The Rajput Palaces is lucid, readable and well-argued.
-Times Literary Supplement

Superb, Mughal India weaves strands of history, biography and aesthetics, fascinating reading for armchair travelers as well.
-Far Eastern Economic Review

Full marks…Tillotson’s achievement is to write about his subject without condescension for the lay reader and to inform his text with some much appreciated gleams of humour.
-Indian Express



1. The age of the founder.

2. Sons and grandsons.

3. An agent, a bishop and a naturalist.

4. Ram Raj.

5. Victorians and aesthetes.

6. The subjects and the king.

7. A perfect prince.