The craze of knowing about the life of Gayatri Devi, the Rajmata of Jaipur, is on rise after her demise.
Hundreds of curious readers are visiting the local bookstores in Jaipur to buy books based on her life.
Touted as one of the most beautiful women in the world by the Vogue Magazine, Gayatri Devi breathed her last on July 29 after a prolonged illness. She was 90.
The most sought after books include an autobiography Princess Remembers: The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur and a biography Rajmata Gayatri Devi.
Readers, who are curious to know more about her personal life, the childhood days in particular, are thronging the bookstores.
"Gayatri Devi used to be an icon. She was also known as Rajmata and among the royalties, she was one lady whom you can say that she was literally down to the earth and who used to go to the masses and people really loved her. That's the reason her books are in demand," said Rajiv Chaudhary, an avid reader.
Another curious reader Yadav Singh said that by reading the books people would come to know more about her private life.
"The past life of the Rajmata of Jaipur has been really great. The more you read about her, the more things you discover about her. In these books, her life has been described well, which we normal people are unaware of," observed Yadav Singh, another reader.
Rajiv Kapoor, Manager of Crossword Bookstore in The Pink City disclosed that the sale of books on Gayatri Devi has witnessed a rise upto the extent of 60 percent.
"After the death of Gayatri Devi, the sale of books based on her life has gone up by approximately 50 to 60 per cent and people of all age group especially the younger ones, who are more curious to know about her life are buying the books," noted Kapoor.
Born into the royal family of eastern Cooch Behar, Gayatri Devi married Sawai Man Singh, the then ruler of the princely Jaipur state, in 1939. She was his third wife.
During her lifetime Gayatri Devi involved herself extensively in charity works and supported education for women. She even contested elections and was elected as a member of Indian parliament thrice.