The lonely death of Delhi's jungle prince
OldandRambling
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#1
| Maha Guru Member

The lonely death of Delhi's jungle prince

Seems an interesting story, I wonder how isolated the "jungle" really was?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-41861843

Ed.

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#2
| Maha Guru Member
That is a fabulous story, Ed.
#3
| 10 yrs in India
The 8-years-residence in the 1st class waiting room in Delhi Railway station (I assume Old Delhi station) is, well, courageous...
#4
| Loud Noisy Bird

Originally posted by: OldandRambling View Post

Seems an interesting story, I wonder how isolated the "jungle" really was?


About 700 metres from "civilisation." (link to Google Maps)
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#5
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Originally posted by: atala View Post

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.
#6
| Maha Guru Member
Among so many..
#7
| Loud Noisy Bird
Stubborness, snobbery, what the Americans call "entitlement," etc etc.

Surely our prince had an education? He could have gone out to work or business and made some comfort in at least a corner of that amazing place.

And yes, I've met a royal or two. Whilst they may have great wealth in the form of property, they also work for a living. And they are also not champion snobs.

And if he was loney, whose fault is that? like Google Maps says: 700 metres from the rest of Delhi.

On the other hand, if he chose to live as a recluse in a crumbling palace, he had the palace, so yes, he was entitled to do so. I could go for that!
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#8
| Maha Guru Member
Still a tragic life and death.
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| Omnipresent
#10
| 10 yrs in India
"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
#11
| Omnipresent
As per one of the article he seems to have given an interview in 1997. I am searching for it. If I get it would mention it here.
#12
| Humble Genius

Originally posted by: atala View Post

" "It is better to be in the grip of death rather than in the grip of a job."


I should put this on my company email signature ....;)
#13
| Loud Noisy Bird

The lonely death of Delhi's jungle prince

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:
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#14
| Maha Guru Member
I think it is the eccentricity of these people that interests me. Mind you, only certain people can be eccentric... Poor eccentrics are just mad, sadly!

Ed.
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Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

Stubborness, snobbery, what the Americans call "entitlement," etc etc.

Originally posted by: atala View Post

"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."


In the meantime, the enterprising folks from that era helped create this : www.zomato.com/kolkata/oudh-1590-desapriya-park

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.
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