first_img“The next day, Hitlers gift to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh”The next day, Hitlers gift to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh changed hands without any transaction of money. It later made way into a vintage collector?s hands for an undisclosed sum,” the book says.”The book also mentions how the Asian Games federation had its birth at Patiala House on February 13, 1949.”Representatives of Afghanistan, Burma, Ceylon, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand met in a two-day conference at Patiala House and were addressed by Maharaja Yadavindra Singh as chair and G D Sondhi as its secretary. In his speech, the maharaja highlighted the importance of sports as a catalyst for promotion of friendship and understanding among various countries.”It was decided to hold the Asian Games every four years, the first being held At Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi in 1951,” it says.The coffee table book replete with old photographs, letters, maps and plans, describes the seven main palaces of the states of Hyderabad, Baroda, Bikaner, Jaipur, Patiala, Darbhanga and Travancore, besides other such princely mansions in Delhi like Bahawalpur House, Bhavnagar House, Bundi House, Cochin House, Dholpur House, Faridkot House, Gwalior House, Jaisalmer House, Jind House, Jubbal House, Mandi House and Pataudi House.The book tries to delineate the story behind the story, documenting history through archival research, interviews with royalty and unpublished photographs from royal private collections. PTI ZMN TRS ANSlast_img

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