Most of us, who live in Delhi, associate Bikaner House, as the one point where they can board a bus to Rajasthan. However not many know, how this majestic building came into being at Lutyens Delhi.
Authored by Sumanta K Bhowmick, the coffee-table book - Princely Palaces in New Delhi - tells us the story of the construction of these Princely palaces such as the Hyderabad House, Bikaner House, Baroda House, Kashmir House, Travancore House and more.
The narration is given life through fascinating black and white photographs; letters, invites and architectural plans, sourced from various archives and private collections. The elaborate details given about the structure of the building that includes room layout, construction plans, the costs incurred in constructing them, will take you on a journey of these princely palaces. The story not only talks about the architecture, but also gives interesting tidbits on the lives of the royalties who inhabited these palaces during their stay in the city, the parties they hosted and the guests who were invited.
The narration though fuss-free and to-the-point, would make many feel the need for it to be more exciting. The detail provided in the book makes for a perfect conversation starter and is meant to be a part of your permanent collection.
Title: Princely Palaces in New Delhi
Author: Sumanta K Bhowmick
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Price: Rs 2,500