A reconstruction of the life and times of Salar Jung, the Regent of Mahbub Ali Pasha and the Dewan of Hyderabad for thirty years. Based on the Salar Jung’s correspondence, the book explores the richly layered and developing relations between the British and the Hyderabadi cultures, the misunderstandings, the tussle for power and the conflict of interests. It attempts to present the truth as Salar Jung saw it, evaluated it, reacted to it, as it shaped his inner self. Archival source material and historical fact are sensitively interwoven with stories and anecdotes to create an authoritative and unforgettable portrait of Salar Jung. What emerges is a revealing case study of British colonial administration with themes relevant also for today.