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Once a Prince of Sarila: Of Palaces and Tiger Hunts, of Nehrus and Mountbattens: Book by Narendra Singh Sarila

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

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ISBN: 9781845117078    Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd Year of publishing: 2008     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 304        Language: English
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 autocratic Maharajas;...Read more
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 autocratic 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 foot; and lavish house parties ringing with the sound of polo and music and laughter.As heir apparent to the central Indian kingdom of Sarila, Narendra Singh Sarila was born into the very heart of this society and his life offers a unique vista on a vanished world. This warm and unsentimental personal history beautifully evokes life at the end of the British Raj in vivid and colourful detail. But it also reveals how, despite their position, Sarila and his family embraced the changes occasioned by Independence and adapted rapidly to its new demands.In 1947, at the age of just 21, Sarila put his childhood concerns firmly behind him when he became Aide de Camp to Lord Mountbatten, the last British Governor General of India.
Once a Prince in Sarila draws on his experiences and his detailed diaries from the period and includes intimate and revealing portraits of Lord Mountbatten and his wife, Edwina, as well as their many prestigious visitors - including Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel among other top civil and military leaders, both British and Indian."Once a Prince in Sarila" is a unique history of a forgotten world and Sarila is a sensitive and perceptive guide to India's transition from Empire to an independent nation.
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About the author: Narendra Singh Sarila
Raja Narendra Singh Sarila was born in 1927 as heir to the princely state of Sarila in central India. As ADC to Lord Mountbatten he was a close witness... Read more
Raja Narendra Singh Sarila was born in 1927 as heir to the princely state of Sarila in central India. As ADC to Lord Mountbatten he was a close witness to the ending of the British Raj. He later joined the Indian Foreign Service, where he worked from 1948 to 1985. He was a deputy permanent representative in the Indian delegation to the U.N. and headed the Pakistan and International Organisations Divisions at New Delhi in the late 1960s. He later served as India's ambassador to Spain, Brazil, Libya, Switzerland (with concurrent accreditation to the Vatican) and France. He has commentated on international affairs for numerous journals, both in India and abroad, and is the author of the international bestseller, The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of India's Partition.
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'Narendra Singh Sarila has led a remarkably varied life. His story of his early life during the last years of the Raj and the final flourish of princely pomp is history from the inside -...Read more
'Narendra Singh Sarila has led a remarkably varied life. His story of his early life during the last years of the Raj and the final flourish of princely pomp is history from the inside - fascinating, informative and wonderfully readable.' Mark Tully, journalist and broadcaster" 'Captivating...gives readers a unique insight into the (to us) exotic world of princes in the final years of the Raj...The author writes with objectivity and balance and gives us an insider's view of these extraordinary years.' - 'Contemporary Review'.
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