"Royalty lives in Style" Jodhpur by Assenczo

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Open air show(room)

The entertainment party sprang on my way to the temple of the local rajas seeming quite natural and innocent, a couple of bucks worth of innocence anyway. When the show was over and the dues paid, I proceeded unassumingly when just casually I was offered to buy the musical instrument you can see in man’s hands for the equivalent of 6-7US dollars. A lot of funny thoughts began rushing back and forth through my mind. This is his musical instrument; this is his way of making ends meet (bla-bla). How touching, such a gifted musician has to part with his instrument to take care of his family. Meanwhile I was saying loudly no, no, thinking I should not deprive him of his instrument but the fellow was quite insistent. Finally, when I decided to leave the scene and like in a good American movie, the musician shrieked “OK, Five dollars” it clicked. It must be a business, musical instrument business with an open air show room in a very authentic context.

Employment scheme with an Indian twist

Somewhere in the 30s of the 20th century, very much like in the USA and other countries, there was an economic depression in India. Following the example of others or being a genius on his own, the local ruler decided that his subjects where living in abject poverty so he, as a sovereign, decided to help. After all, if his flock dies out he is a ruler of nothing – not very glamorous state of affairs! Instead of building roads, dams, bridges or anything that might stimulate economic activity, the maharaja (could be a maharana, I was told by a colouful Indian that the difference was in the moustache?!?) resorts to building a PALACE for himself. It sounds weird but the man in charge must have been the only investor.
Long story short, this palace is still standing and it is being used by the privileged few who can afford the rooms and the many who can afford the drinks at the terrace and watch over the meticulously maintained gardens how the SUN goes to bed. Interior design and furnishings were made to match the edifice in elegance and grandeur. The tiger skin hanging casually in one of the lobbies made me feel special – the closest I have been to an animal of this size and fame.

  • Last visit to Jodhpur: Jan 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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