‘The English Maharani’: Queen Victoria’s soft corner for India’s royalty

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Miles Taylor’s title, The English Maharani, brings to mind not Queen Victoria but several lesser aspirants to a royal — or princely — role in India.I once had to collect one of them from Simla’s Cecil Hotel for a lunch party in Mashobra. “Are you …?” I began, repeating the very plebeian name I had been given when the plump, heavily made-up little woman with a chiffon scarf tied over her peroxide curls cooed, “Ektually, I am the last Maharani of …”, naming one of the better known Punjab states. Another Englishwoman, once …
Source: Business Standard