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Once a Prince of Sarila: Of Palaces and Tiger Hunts, Of Nehrus and Mountbattens

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Princely India in the 1930s and 40s enjoyed a golden age which already seems immeasurably distant from the thriving, modern nation of today. These were halcyon days of bejewelled and eccentric Maharajas; life in marble palaces mirrored in lakes or in mighty stone fortresses on craggy hills; tiger hunts on elephant back and elephant hunts on horseback; and lavish house part ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2008)
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Harper Sutherland
A memoir of a prince of a tiny state, Sarila, now in Madhya Pradesh. Contains very interesting material on the author's time at Mayo College, an English-style boarding school for many of India's princes during the colonial period. The author has an odd viewpoint that is not quite nationalist in the Congress vein, but also pragmatic of the declining power & hegemony of the princes. I would have enjoyed more discussion on the author's life after independence and less on tiger hunts.
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