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Royal romances and self-loathing Scots: an update from the Jaipur Literary Festival

By John Elliott  

What really happened between Edwina Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru?

The Jaipur Literary Festival is becoming a major event not just for literary folk but also for India’s prestige-conscious society. Here in the grounds of the city’s Diggi Palace hotel, a charmingly faded pile built in the 1860s as a grand town house for a rural Rajasthan ruler, Delhi’s self-appointed social elite have all mingled with the crowds (around 27,000 people have attended in total), along with famous writers and ambassadors…

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