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Book Title: The Princes|
Date of issue: 1963
ISBN 13: 9780670576739
The author of the book: Manohar Malgonkar
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 762 KB
Edition: Viking Books, Inc.
Read full description of the books The Princes:This novel falls in the category of history fiction set in India prior to its independance and the abolishment of the maharadja/prince system. The story follows the father and only son, maharaja of a small province in pre-independance of India, their struggle to maintain their centuries'old powers, privileges, traditions and ways of life intact through the changing times India is living during the first half of the 20th century.
After reading "A princess remembers", the memoirs of the last Maharani of Jaipur, I didn't learn much new in this novel. While the memoirs focuses more about after end of Maharajas, this novel focuses on before the end. It describes the easy and expensive lifestyle of the maharaja, the father, entertaining himself with women and chasing tigers unaware of the numerous changes the World and India are going through. The author wrote the story through the angle of clash of generations between the father and the son with first conflicting ideas about everything, but who converge toward each other when their end and era are coming fast to an end. The novel is very well written with all characters well detailed to understand them and their incapactiy to adapt to changes surrounding them.
This novel is good to read for those who don't know how a system with hundreds of princes maintained alive during centuries came to an abrupt end within a few years in India. It is also a good lesson to be learned about adapting to changes all the time or fear being left behind and/or disappearing at all.
Read information about the authorManohar Malgonkar was an Indian author in the English language of both fiction and nonfiction.
Malgonkar was born in a royal family, and educated at Bombay University. He was an officer in the Maratha Light Infantry, a big game hunter, a civil servant, a mine owner and a farmer, and he also stood for parliament. Most of that activity was during the build up to Indian independence and its aftermath, often the settings for his works. The socio-historical milieu of those times form the backdrop of his novels, which are usually of action and adventure. He also wrote non-fiction, including biography and history.
Malgonkar lived in a remote bungalow, at some distance from the town of Belgaum, Karnataka. His only child Sunita (educated at the famous Lawrence School Sanawar) died at a young age.
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