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Rajmata Gayatri Devi...Enduring Grace traces the life and times of one of the most admired icons of modern India. Educated in England, Switzerland and Shantiniketan, Gayatri Devi of Cooch Behar, ‘the princess from the east’, became the third wife of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur. In a tradition-bound set-up, she participated in religious ceremonies, played tennis with male partners, went swimming and horse riding, and did not miss a single season of polo. She also took it upon herself to bring the women of Rajasthan out of the purdah. Vogue voted her as one of the Ten Most Beautiful Women in the World, and with time, the world also witnessed her political courage and her dignified acceptance of life’s vicissitudes—the loss of her only child Jagat, a five-month ordeal in Tihar Jail under Mrs Indira Gandhi’s regime… Rajmata Gayatri Devi is about the continuation of a charmed life despite all odds, about the grace with which a queen of the erstwhile Jaipur State today dons the mantle of the Rajmata or Queen Mother of Jaipur. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dharmendar Kanwar studied at the Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls Public School and went to university in Jaipur. She started her writing career immediately after finishing school and did campus reporting for youth magazines like Hi, Young People’s Newspaper, Junior Statesman and Youth Times. Over the last twenty-five-odd years she has done scripts for television documentaries, been involved in heritage conservation, and contributed stories to almost all the major magazines and newspapers in the country. In the late '80s, she took to travel writing and did a coffee-table book Rajasthan and several booklets/brochures on Rajasthan that won national awards. Dharmendar Kanwar has edited, designed and published Gourmet’s Gateway by Rajmata Gayatri Devi, co-authored Delhi-Agra-Jaipur and written Fifty Years of Rajasthan Police. She was awarded the Best Travel Writer (English) for 1993-94 by the Government of Rajasthan. She is currently working on a book with Rajmata Gayatri Devi, and writing a travel book. Printed Pages: 128.