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xvi, 300 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
  • Table of Contents:PrefaceChapter 1: An Elephant was my PramChapter 2: My FatherChapter 3: My MotherChapter 4: Life in the Palace - IChapter 5: Life in the Palace - IIChapter 6: Round Table Conference in LondonChapter 7: A Tiger is Shot in SarilaChapter 8: The Political DepartmentChapter 9: May - the Eton of IndiaChapter 10: Dussehra DurbarChapter 11: The Princely States of RajputanaChapter 12: Turmoil in SarilaChapter 13: The RevolutionaryChapter 14: Nawab Misses a TigerChapter 15: The Charkhari SuccessionChapter 16: MussoorieChapter 17: The Last Delhi DurbarChapter 18: A New OrderChapter 19: Why the Princes CollapsedChapter 20: The Viceregal (Government) HouseChapter 21: ADC to Lord MountbattenEpilogue.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781845117078 20160528
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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781845117078 20160528
Green Library
xi, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Down the Ages: Sport in Ancient and Medieval India2. Empire of Sport: The Early British Impact on Recreation3. White Man's Burden: Teachers, Missionaries, and Administrators4. Players and Patrons: Indian Princes and Sports5. The Empire Strikes Back: The 1911 IFA Shield and Football in Calcutta6. Politics on the Maidan: Sport, Communalism, and Nationalism7. The Early Olympics: India's Hockey Triumphs8. Lords of the Ring: Tales of Wrestlers and Boxers9. Freedom Games: The First Two Decades of Independence10. Domestic Sports: State, Club, Office, and Regiment (1947-1970)11. 1971 and After: The Religion Called Cricket12. Life Beyond CricketNotesIndex.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231164900 20160619
Reaching as far back as ancient times, Ronojoy Sen pairs a novel history of India's engagement with sport and a probing analysis of its cultural and political development under monarchy and colonialism, and as an independent nation. Some sports that originated in India have fallen out of favor, while others, such as cricket, have been adopted and made wholly India's own. Sen's innovative project casts sport less as a natural expression of human competition than as an instructive practice reflecting a unique play with power, morality, aesthetics, identity, and money. Sen follows the transformation of sport from an elite, kingly pastime to a national obsession tied to colonialism, nationalism, and free market liberalization. He pays special attention to two modern phenomena: the dominance of cricket in the Indian consciousness and the chronic failure of a billion-strong nation to compete successfully in international sporting competitions, such as the Olympics. Innovatively incorporating examples from popular media and other unconventional sources, Sen not only captures the political nature of sport in India but also reveals the patterns of patronage, clientage, and institutionalization that have bound this diverse nation together for centuries.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231164900 20160619
Green Library


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