A Princely Impostor?: The Kumar of Bhawal and the Secret History of Indian Nationalism
This Book Tells The Incredible Story Of The Prince As Pauper, Of Pauper As Resurrected Prince. Parth Chatterjee`S Retelling Of The Notoriously Famous `Bhawal Sannyasi Case` - One Of India`S Best-Known And Most Historic Legal Battles - Is Narrative History Of The Finest Kind. It Is Replete With Dramatic Incident, Sexual Debauchery, Family Violence, And Political Intrigue. It Is An Epic Story Of War Within A Household Which Spills Out Into The Social Life Of Colonial Bengal; And Beyond, Into The Administrative And Legal Fabricof India During The Heyday Of Nationalism; And Then Beyond That Again, Into Spirituality And Philosophy, Legend And Folklore, Theatre And The Cinema.
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This book i read after 30 years of search
I knew some thing of Princely impostor happened in Calcutta courts,but did not know much and hence the curiosity and interest
After long search i got a copy courtesy "Flipcart.com"
The way Partha narrated the story was amazing
He literally took me to East Bengal of 1900 and subsequent years before Partion of India
He has gone thru the whole court records,interviews,news articles etc etc
All i can say is, i could not keep this book down till i finished
This book will remain as a prized collection in my library