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The Story of Jaipur, Part 4 : Brother’s Keeper

Young Jai Singh was quite pleased with himself. At the age of twenty, he had recaptured his kingdom from the Mughal Empire and symbolically declared his independence by performing the Vajpay Yagna, an ancient ritual reserved for absolute monarchs.  In the eyes of the Rajputs, the House of Amber had regained much of its lost… Continue reading The Story of Jaipur, Part 4 : Brother’s Keeper

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The Story of Jaipur, Part 2 : A Dangerous Game of Cat and Mouse

Dear friends, the fanatical Emperor Aurangazeb is no more. His son, Shah Alam defeats his brother, Azam Shah, to take control of the Mughal Empire and crowns himself Emperor Bahadur Shah, the brave king. The hero of our story, the young royal from Rajasthan, ‘Sawai’ Jai Singh of the House of Amber, scion of the… Continue reading The Story of Jaipur, Part 2 : A Dangerous Game of Cat and Mouse

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The Story of Jaipur, Part 1 : A One and a Quarter King

Dear friends, over the course of a fortnight, I am going to narrate a fascinating story - a tale of ambition and trickery, of battles fought for pride and of alliances forged in secret - a historical saga that very few remember today. You will meet a wily king, one who was worth one and… Continue reading The Story of Jaipur, Part 1 : A One and a Quarter King