Raj: A Novel

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Jaya Singh is the intelligent, beautiful, and compassionate daughter of the Maharajah and Maharani of Balmer. Raised in the thousand-year-old tradition of purdah, a strict regime of seclusion, silence, and submission, Jaya is ill-prepared to assume the role of Regent Maharani of Sirpur upon the death of her decadent, Westernized husband. But Jaya bravely fulfills her duty and soon finds herself thrust into the center of a roiling political battle in which the future of the ...
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Jaya Singh is the intelligent, beautiful, and compassionate daughter of the Maharajah and Maharani of Balmer. Raised in the thousand-year-old tradition of purdah, a strict regime of seclusion, silence, and submission, Jaya is ill-prepared to assume the role of Regent Maharani of Sirpur upon the death of her decadent, Westernized husband. But Jaya bravely fulfills her duty and soon finds herself thrust into the center of a roiling political battle in which the future of the kingdom is at stake . . . and her own future as well.

"This glittering, extravagant novel brims with rich detail of royal India."-- New York Newsday. Gita Mehta dramatizes her country's recent history through the experiences of one unforgettable woman, Princess Jaya. Along with her personal story, Raj offers an inside look at India's modern politics and timeless spirituality.

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In the story of Princess Jaya of Balmer, spanning the first half of this century, the author of Karma Cola (and the wife of Knopf's Sonny Mehta) offers a panoramic view of the pain and pageantry attending the demise of royal India. Raised traditionally, Jaya is also schooled to follow modern politics as the royal houses of India, struggling for autonomy within the British Empire, are drawn into global affairs. After her brother dies fighting at Aleppo and her father is poisoned, Jaya is wed to a prince of another kingdom, who forsakes her for an extravagant life in England and Europe. She bears a son, whom she raises to be Maharajah, but in the paroxysm of the nationalist movement and the bloodshed between Hindus and Muslims, both son and husband are doomed. As Maharani, Jaya signs the Instrument of Accession in 1950; as an individual, she stands for election, hoping to carry out the mission of leadership to which she was born. Grounded in details of ancient royal tradition and Hindu ritual, Jaya's story counterpoints a vanished way of life against the complex political realities involved in the passing of the Raj and the birth of the modern nations of India and Pakistan. Although the rich background detail is engrossing, Jaya remains a remote character to whom one never develops an attachment. This lack of an emotional center ultimately vitiates the novel's effect. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449905661
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.33 (d)

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