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Private Life Of An Indian Prince

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The book is classified as one of Anand's most impressive and important works.In keeping with his other writings dealing with the topic of social and political reform, this book deals with the abolition of the princely states system in India. While the novel is not an autobiography, like many of his earlier novels, it follows an autobiographical tone.
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by Bodley Head (first published 1953)
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Philip Lane
May 07, 2013 Philip Lane rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable tale of the final days of the Maharajahs as the Indian Union is formed. The important historic events provide the background for the story of one Maharajah's private life. His obsession with one of his mistresses is all encompassing and to some extent this created a flaw for me, it began to get rather tedious to hear about him obsessing about her once again. However there are enough other incidents, including a tiger hunt and a shopping spree in London, to make the thing move alon ...more
Nirmal
Aug 18, 2013 Nirmal rated it really liked it
I read good feedback about this book from Soros Kowasjee and bought the book. It shows the decay and decadent life of an indian prince in 1940s and early 50's. Raja of Shampur , victor , is a vain character with all the vices including a lusty picadillo nature , sloth , vanity , hubris ... He has two ranis and 1 permanent mistress. Mistress is able to keep him under her spell and under her control. He is unable to avoid her open manipulation and Instead caught by his jealousy for her thinly veil ...more
Phani
Jan 04, 2014 Phani rated it liked it
Poignant, moving. But often verbose. Many of the extensive philosophical discussions were lost on me. Most of all though, I couldn't find any "central aspect" of the book that I could relate to.
Vinod
Jun 16, 2012 Vinod rated it liked it
life wasnt too easy for the royals in India who cooperated with the Raj.
Yousuff
Jul 07, 2012 Yousuff rated it did not like it
Highly over rate book. A big disappointment from Mulk Raj after coolie.
Adam
Apr 05, 2012 Adam rated it did not like it
Shelves: india
It did not grab me.
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Mulk Raj Anand was an Indian writer in English, notable for his depiction of the lives of the poorer castes in traditional Indian society. One of the pioneers of Indo-Anglian fiction, he, together with R. K. Narayan, Ahmad Ali and Raja Rao, was one of the first India-based writers in English to gain an international readership. Anand is admired for his novels and short stories, which have acquired ...more
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