Author: Gayatri Devi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171673074
This book 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.
Daughter of the Maharajah of Cooch Behar and widow of the Maharaja of Jaipur, she was raised in a sumptuous palace staffed with 500 servants. 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 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.
Elegantly produced, this book is profusely illustrated with color and B& W photographs. This book is now in its 11th edition.
A VISIT TO BARODA
MY PARENT'S MARRIAGE
CHILDREN OF THE NEW MAHARAJA
FAMILY LIFE IN COOCH BEHAR
THE DUTIES AND DELIGHTS OF ROYALTY
ENGLAND, THE CONTINENT, AND CALCUTTA
THE MAHARAJA OF JAIPUR
I BECOME ENGAGED
PALACE LIFE IN JAIPUR
THE RAJPRAMUKH OF RAJASTHAN
INDIA'S NEW GOVERNMENT
THE SWATANTRA PARTY
CAMPAIGNING FOR ELECTION
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
AMBASSADOR TO SPAIN
JAI'S LAST POLO GAME
MY LIFE TODAY