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Hindoo Holiday

An Indian Journal

J. R. Ackerley


Describes a Maharajah's eccentric habits and riddling conversations, and the odd shambling day-to-day life of his court.
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“An instant classic, a work to rank alongside other modern masterpieces of fantasy such as Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials” – The Guardian

A highly entertaining and moving journal chronicling J. R. Ackerley's time in India

In the 1920s, the young J. R. Ackerley spent several months in India as the Private Secretary to the Maharajah of Chhokrapur. Knowing almost nothing of India, he discovers Hindu culture, festivals and language, and reveals the fascinating attitudes of the Palace staff on women, marriage. the caste system and death. At the heart of Hindoo Holiday is the wonderfully unpredictable figure of his Highness the Maharajah Sahib who, ultimately, just wants 'someone to love him'.

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Book publisherPenguin Books Ltd
Publication date26 Mar 2009
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