The 8-years-residence in the 1st class waiting room in Delhi Railway station (I assume Old Delhi station) is, well, courageous...
It was the "State Entry" part of Platform 1 at New Delhi Station. That was where the Viceroy, the Governor General and then the President boarded their special train. It was last used by S.Radhakrishnan when he left office in 1967. Sion after that the Begum moved in as Delhi's most eminent squatter.
"The House of Oudh does not appreciate trade, business and politics," said the prince. "It is better to be in the grip of death rather than in the grip of a job."
That is from one of the articles above. This statement reminds me of Madame de Meuron (1882-1980), a patrician lady who lived in the Swiss capital Bern. She had antiquated manners, did not use a modern hearing aid, but a kind of ear-trumpet, a foto of her with that instrument here,
When she met someone the first time, she used to ask them: "Are you somebody, or do you have to work?" :):D
Haha, it has sometimes seemed to me that it might be better to be in the grip of death rather than the grip of a job!
Sympathy and words like tragedy seem completely out of place for these people. They did what they chose to do, and it looks as if they were not particularly nice about it. There are lots of people like this, both with and without actual cash. The ones without cash are not often lucky enough to be given a palace, in any condition, in which to live out their fantasy of being superior people.
Seems to me he was pretty dammed lucky. And if his family spent their wealth on high living, that isn't anybody else's problem.
Two generations of my mum's family were fond off drink and gambling. Boohoo... No money left. Somebody give me a palace. I'm entitled... Right? :renske:
While the prince was decaying in his false sense of grandeur, future generations of his servants were busy creating a thriving business off their knowledge.
Some more gems from the article are (highlights are mine):
"he would talk about terrible sorrows his family had endured and all the injustices they had suffered over the years."
"his unshakable belief in his own nobility prevented him from mixing with anyone he regarded as a social inferior"
"Ordinariness is not just a crime, it is a sin"
Sounds like an entitled teenager to me. The world seems to exist to punish these.
“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming ... WOW! What a ride!”