Grounded in details of ancient royal tradition and Hindu ritual, the story of Princess Jaya of Balmer counterpoints a vanished way of life against the complex political realities involved in the passing of the Raj and the birth of the modern nations of India and Pakistan.
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Jaya Singh is the intelligent, beautiful, and compassionate daughter of the Maharajah and Maharani of Balmer. Raised in the thousand-year-old tradition of purdah, a strict regime of seclusion, silence, and submission, Jaya is ill-prepared to assume the role of Regent Maharani of Sirpur upon the death of her decadent, Westernized husband. But Jaya bravely fulfills her duty and soon finds herself thrust into the center of a roiling political battle in which the future of the kingdom is at stake . . . and her own future as well.
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Gita Mehta is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Karma Cola, Raj: A Novel, A River Sutra and Snakes and Ladders.
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Book Description Vintage Books, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099515938
Book Description Vintage Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0099515938 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1036415