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Princely Palaces in New Delhi: This book should be part of your collection

Why is Bikaner House known by its present name or what is the history behind the magnificent Hyderabad House? This coffee table book answers these questions and much more. Princely Palaces in New Delhi by Sumanta K Bhowmick gives a fascinating account of how these Princely Palaces ended up being where they are today. Dotted with black and white pictures, invites, maps and letters, the book is a delight for those who love Delhi.

books Updated: May 28, 2016 19:57 IST
Namya Sinha
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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