Autobiography of Gayatri Devi, former Maharani of Jaipur. The New York Times said of her, "she was born into fairy-tale wealth as an Indian princess and became known internationally for her beauty and known in India for her opposition to the Congress Party of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi."
She is the daughter of the Maharaja of Cooch Behar and the widow of the Maharaja of Jaipur. She was raised in a sumptuous palace and shot her first panther at the age of twelve.
She became one of the first women to win a seat in the Indian Parliament, John F. Kennedy once introduced her as the woman with the most staggering majority that anyone has ever earned in an election. She was also considered one of the world's most beautiful women.
In this compelling memoir, Gayatri Devi describes her carefree, hoyden childhood with her brothers and sisters in the palace of Cooch Behar and their adventurous trips to London and the continent, her secret six-year courtship with the dashing, internationally renowned polo player, Jai, the Maharaja of Jaipur, her marriage and entry into the glittering life of the 'pink city' of Jaipur and her struggles to adapt to unfamiliar customs and her husband's two other wives.
A Princess Remembers is the fascinating life story of one of India's most elegant women and one of its most powerful.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maharani Gayatri Devi (born as Princess Gayatri Devi of Cooch Behar; 23 May 1919 ? 29 July 2009), was the third Maharani consort of Jaipur from 1940 to 1949, through her marriage to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. Following her husband's signature for the Jaipur State to become part of the Union of India and her step-son's accession to the throne in 1970, she was known as Maharani Gayatri Devi, Rajmata of Jaipur.
Ethnically born in a Koch Rajbongshi Hindu family, her father was Maharaja Jitendra Narayan of Cooch Behar in West Bengal, and her mother was Maratha Princess Indira Raje of Baroda, the only daughter of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III.
Following India's independence and the subsequent abolition of the princely states, she became an extremely successful politician. Gayatri Devi was also celebrated for her classical beauty and became something of a fashion icon in her adulthood. When the privy purses were abolished in 1971, terminating all royal privileges and titles. Gayatri Devi was arrested during the Emergency due to political vendetta on false accusation of violating tax laws, and served 5 months in Tihar Jail.
She retired from politics and published her biography, A Princess Remembers, written by Santha Rama Rau, in 1976. She was also the focus of the film Memoirs of a Hindu Princess, directed by Francois Levie.