Maharaja (The Lives, Loves and Intrigues of the Maharajas of India)

Maharaja (The Lives, Loves and Intrigues of the Maharajas of India)

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Book Specification

Item Code: IDK653
Author: Diwan Jarmani Dass
Publisher: Hind Pocket Books
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 9788121612074
Pages: 435 (16 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.0" X 5.1"

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Exciting stories that capture the magic romance secrets and sensuality of Princely India. Tales of love and betrayal spread over the magnificent decades of the Maharajas with their harems of Indian and European Maharanis and Mistresses Palaces Horses Rolls Royces tiger Hunts Feasts and Darbars. An invaluable insight into a bygone era of opulence and extravagance.

This book is an intimate and fascinating insight by Diwan Jarmani Dass who rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous. A brilliant recounting of first hand experiences it reveals tales of chivalry and sacrifice of love and betrayal of the Kings and Princes under the British Raj and their eventual decline.

Diwan Jarmani Dass born in Punjab in 1895 was a Minister in the states of Kapurthala and Patiala.

Articulate in Punjabi Urdu English and French he was highly decorated by the Vatican and the Government of France Spain Morocco Egypt and many other countries. He was also decorated by the rules of Kapurthala Patiala and Bhawalpur States.


This Book is the result of my long and intimate association with the Princely States of Northern India. As a Minister of Partiala and Kapurthala I had the opportunity of seeing the India Princes from close quarters both in their private and public lives. The stories of their lives intrigues and tussle with the British Paramount power at one end India's Freedom Movement at the other are recorded in this book.

These stories are an insight an accurate retelling of a lifestyle of the Maharajas of India. They are factual accounts of how they lived their day-to-day lives according to both what was expected of them and of how they wanted to live. These stories are invaluable in that they record an era a way of living thinking and being that will likely never be lived again.

Lastly I would express my indebtedness to my friends and colleague at Patiala, Sirdar K.M. Panikkar, who suggested to me for telling the truth about the Indian Prince. This book would not have never been possible but for his encouragement and help in its earlier planning and preparation. My wife, Sushila deserves special mention; she was a constant source of inspiration to me in the preparation of this volume. My thanks are also due to the host of friends from different walks of life who encouraged me to complete this work.


Preface 9
Some Rulers and their States 10
Map 11
Port One
Stories about the Maharaja's Private life
1 A Maharaja's Day 15
2 The Palace of Gaiety 19
3 French Doctors at the Palace
4 A Game of Cords 31
5 The State Orchestra 33
6 New Cult of Sex worship 36
7 Cricket and Politics 49
8 Conspiracy with Mussolini 61
9 Audience with Mussolini 68
10 British Minister at Patiala 70
11 A Saint from Banaras 74
12 Interview with George V 84
13 Last Moments of the Grand Maharaja 87
14 Palace Intrigue 99
15 Weird ways to Dismiss Ministers 110
16 Defeat of the British 114
17 Erotic Cabinet Meetings 116
18 Princess Gobind Kaur 121
19 Plight of a Princess 127
Rare Photographs
20 Maharaja and Collaterals 130
21 At Abdine Palace 139
22 Visit to Morocco 143
23 Field Marshal in Brazil 147
24 turbans and Treachery 153
25 Ram Piari's Tragic End 157
26 Quick Disposal of Files 161
27 The Fabled Nizam 163
28 Nizam and the Butter 171
29 Hyderabad Snippets 173
30 The Spanish Maharani 178
31 Fountains and Fanfare 180
32 No Appetite 185
33 A Nautch Girl at Indore 188
34 All over Blue Eyed Rachni 194
35 A Junagadh Bitch that was a Princes 197
36 king of Dacoits 200
37 Gaekwas's Stick and the British Sovereign 205
38 Cabinet meetings in water closet 208
39 Lunatics as Advisors 212
40 Craze for new bank Notes 218
41 The Tragedy of Errors 220
42 ominous Cockatoo 224
43 The Mirs and the Honours 228
44 Cleopatra at the Place 233
45 Candle Dance in the Pool 239
46 Pritam and the Snakes 241
47 Maharaja in sheep's Cloths 244
48 The Royal Astrologer 246
49 Selecting a Bride 251
50 From the Sands of Alwar 262
51 Gloves and the Emperor 266
52 For Europeans only 268
53 Begum Kham and the Alwar Orgies 271
54 All over Cold Soda 280
55 Escapade and Succession 284
56 Adoption and Succession 288
57 The Pasha's Daughter 290
58 Officer for the Trousers 305
59 Copying the Elephants 310
60 The Cradle of Culture 312
61 Royal Tiles 317
Part Two
Maharaja in Politics
62 Round Table Conference 323
63 Impasse over Loin Cloth 328
64 Federal Structure 331
65 Salutes and Honours 341
Part Three
End of an Epoch
66 Historico -political Canvas 356
67 After the integration 397
Part Four
Appendix A 406
Appendix B 408
Appendix C 411
Appendix D 414
Table of Salutes Fired in India 420
The Number of Rulers in Different Slabs 424
List of Rulers for Whom Provision 433
List of Rulers in Respect of.. 434
List of Rulers whose Privy Purse 435

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