Jaipur from a new perspective

A witty account of the glorious city of Jaipur
Jaipur from a new perspective
Jaipur from a new perspective

It&rsquos intended less as a work of scholarship, more as an entertainment&rdquo says Giles Tillotson of his new book. To his credit, he has achieved a near-perfect balance. Jaipur Nama fulfils all the requirements of a good history its account of the growth of one of India&rsquos most popular cities from the 1720s (when it was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II) onwards is erudite, well researched and meticulous. But it&rsquos also a perceptively witty book that knows how to poke gentle fun at the many quirks of history. Tillotson has spent decades visiting and writing about India &mdash he knows more about aspects of our history and architecture than most Indians do. But his approach is a pleasingly irreverent one, especially in the descriptions of rituals, political infighting and court intrigues. This makes Jaipur Nama more readable than many other treatises in its genre. In this book Tillotson does what he can to question accepted wisdom (like the belief that Jaipur&rsquos famous pink wash was only introduced in 1876 to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales). Jaipur Nama is a noteworthy new look at a city about which much has been written &mdash and entrenched in the imagination.

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