Palace of Clouds – A Memoir: Book Reading Session held at Oxford Bookstore Delhi on December 26, 2018

Rajyashree Kumari authored Palace of Clouds – A Memoir book reading session held at Oxford Bookstore Delhi on December 26, 2018

Photo (L-R): Kaanchan Bugga, Geeta Devi, Rajyashree Kumari

A Book Reading session on the book titled “Palace of Clouds” – A Memoir” written by Rajyashree Kumari, Princess of Bikaner was held at Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place in New Delhi on December 26, 2018. Conducted by Gita Devi, Maharani of Kapurtala, this book evoked the romance of the rugged desert Kingdom of Bikaner and its Rajput Royal Family. What’s more, Palace of Clouds – A Memoir, a richly woven tapestry encompassing five generations of an aristocratic family past and present. Tales of valour, battles and coronations, the splendour of the royal courts, the culture and traditions that made this Rathore state pre-eminent in the world all set against the backdrop of imposing palaces, rugged forts and hunting lodges, the magnificence of the gilded age of the Maharajas. Rajyashree Kumari brings to life a treasure trove of anecdotes and introduces us to world of elegance, sport and cosmopolitan culture.

The who’s who, who were present included Maharani Gita Devi Kapurtala, Rajyashree kumari, Princess of Bikaner, Kaanchan Bugga, Tikka Shatrujit Singh of Kapurthala, Yuvraj Suryajit Singh, Dr.Gunita Singh, Aasha Chopra to name a few.

Photo: (LR): Kaanchan Bugga, Geeta Devi, Rajyashree Kumari.

Rajyashree Kumari is the daughter of Dr. Karni Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner. The author holds the unique distinction of having won at age seven, the National Air Rifle Championship. She was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1969 at the age of 16. Kumari’s great-grandfather Maharaja Ganga Singh was a great reformer, builder and an international figure of his time. Also, the author’s grandfather, Maharaja Sadul Singh, was the first prince to accede his state into the Indian Union at the time of Independence, thereby providing the important historic lead to others to follow suit, which led to the creation of a United India.

Rajyashree Kumari is the Chairperson of Maharaja Ganga Singhji Trust and four other Public Charitable Trusts set up by late Maharaja Dr. Karni Singhji. She founded a public charitable trust in 1999, the Maharaja Dr. Karni Singhji Memorial Foundation, for distributing funds across a wide range of activities such as medical, sports and culture. Furthermore, Kumari is life member of the Indian National Trust for art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), and is also a passionate animal lover. She is member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India (PETA). Rajyashree Kumari, Princess of Bikaner is keen admirer of art and architecture and is actively involved is preservation of ancestral forts, places and cenotaphs in Bikaner. Last, but not the least, Kumari has authored two more books titled- The Lallgarh Palace: Home of the Maharajas of Bikaner – 2009, and Maharajas of Bikaner – 2012.