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Published by Harper Collins About this Item: Harper Collins, Soft cover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. In , as the king of Burma lay dying, one of his queens schemed for his forty-first son, Thibaw, to supersede his half brothers to the throne. For seven years, King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat ruled from the resplendent, intrigue-infused Golden Palace in Mandalay, where they were treated as demi-gods.
After a war against Britain in , their kingdom was lost, and the family exiled to the secluded town of Ratnagiri in British-occupied India. Here they lived, closely guarded, for over thirty-one years. The king's four daughters received almost no education, and their social interaction was restricted mainly to their staff.
As the princesses grew, so did their hopes and frustrations. Two of them fell in love with 'highly inappropriate' men. In , the heartbroken king died. Queen Supayalat and her daughters were permitted to return to Rangoon in In Burma, the old queen regained some of her feisty spirit as visitors came by daily to pay their respects.
All the princesses, however, had to make numerous adjustments in a world they had no knowledge of. The impact of the deposition and exile echoed forever in each of their lives, as it did in the lives of their children. Written after years of meticulous research, and richly supplemented with photographs and illustrations, The King in Exile is an engrossing human-interest story of this forgotten but fascinating family.
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Thanks for looking!. More information about this seller Contact this seller 6. And, just as decades earlier the British had parcelled the Mughal emperor from Delhi to Burma, the last king of Ava was put on a bullock cart and packed off to India. It presents yet another case of a ruler divested of power and fighting for shreds of respect against a largely obdurate colonial establishment. Thibaw hated the place but there was no question of going back—while periodic raises were granted, the British saw him as a potential icon for nationalists at home.
His expenses—much of it religious—led to endless debt, even as he petitioned the British for the return of valuables he had entrusted to them when surrendering his former capital including a celebrated ruby, never seen since.
His wife was initially resolute: She smelt conspiracy everywhere, Shah notes, and taught her daughters to cook, certain that they would be poisoned otherwise. But, by , bogged down by their fall, she was in the grip of depression. This granddaughter of the last king of Burma would one day transform herself from TuTu to Baisubai, selling paper decorations in the local market.
For Thibaw himself, there were many indignities to confront, chief of which was death in exile. At the end of , the ex-king died soon after his second daughter eloped with a secretary. Not even his remains were allowed in the country where he was once sovereign. And then, a few years later, the family was at last permitted to leave, going back to the land where their ancestors were once kings—that is, till the princess who loved the gatekeeper returned, destined to spend the rest of her days in a tiny cottage, alone and forgotten, near the grave of her broken father.
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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Sudha Shah was schooled in Mumbai and thereafter got her degree in economics from Smith College, USA. Married and. In , as the king of Burma lay dying, one of his queens schemed for his forty- first Start reading The King In Exile: The Fall Of The Royal Family Of Burma on .
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