The Junior Maharani of #Travancore with her son and daughter. Sethu Parvathi Bayi was a fascinating lady. She was raised in an orthodox palace, and scandalised everyone with her singularly unorthodox behavior. They said she should lie down when pregnant, but she went out to play golf. She received lessons in Sanskrit, to which she added classes in French. A formidable figure, she did something nobody in her family had done till then--she went out to parties. When her son chastely led their family deity in a ceremonious annual procession, she watched with guests from a pavilion, serving them whiskey.In the late 1930s, to a conservative temple town like Trivandrum she brought Margaret Sanger to advocate birth control. And as an old woman, when she was bedridden, she had a stove set up in the royal bedchamber so she could occasionally cook for personal pleasure.
Her politics was complicated and brutal. Christians supported her rival, the Senior Maharani, and so when her son came to power, she made them pay. The Senior Maharani herself was harassed, her allowances withheld, her possessions confiscated, her movements curtailed, and during one dispute even provisions to her kitchens suspended.Sethu Parvathi Bayi was not above allowing black magic ceremonies and had "a fondness for intrigue". She was the power behind her son's throne to the extent that he seemed a puppet in her hands. Political agitation was smashed, and when a communist-inspired rebellion was attempted on the eve of India's independence, it was put down with machine guns (the first time after 1809-10 that the people of Travancore rose against the state). In 1947 she even attempted, with the assistance of her minister, to keep Travancore out of the Indian union--an attempt on the life of that minister quickly changed her mind.
She died in 1983, weak in body but strong in spirit. There were dark, vengeful shades to her, set against a charismatic personality. She was called the "villain of the piece" for all her plotting and intrigues, and for most part she was feared not loved. Yet she made history and shaped the lives of millions of people, becoming Travancore's own Catherine de Medici.
7554410:31 AM Aug 3, 2018
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Central Travancore, comprising four districts of Kerala state is the major hub of tourism activities in South India. Its unique culture and traditions have made Central Travancore one of the popular tourist destinations in the world. It is also known as the Pilgrim Hub of Kerala. Central Travancore also possess a healthy NRI population. .
There is a huge accessibility problem faced by people to reach this region. In order to solve this problem and for the better development of Central Travancore, the demand for faster modes of passenger transportation is increasing tremendously.
The main aim of this project is Understanding the importance of development in Central Travancore and to design a Greenfield Airport passenger terminal along with its auxiliary facilities.
14911210:44 AM Aug 22, 2018
This curvy poser, with his fabulously expensive emerald necklace, is Uthram Tirunal Martanda Varma, who ruled #Travancore from the 1846 till 1860. He was a fairly interesting character. He loved Kathakali but it was unbecoming of a king to perform in public, so he performed, in full and elaborate costume, before a large mirror. He loved studying anatomy, but the Brahmins said bones were impure and could lead to loss of caste--so the rajah had a skeleton made out of ivory. He liked dressing in European clothes, and sat for a portrait in this costume, and merrily interacted with foreign visitors. He even dabbled in medicine and had a dispensary for western medicine established in his palace. The name of my first book is also derived from a new throne he constructed for himself--it was an exquisite piece but just as The Ivory Throne was finished, he received a letter from London about the Great Exhibition of 1851. And so the throne was packed up and sent to Queen Victoria as a present (nicely encapsulating colonial control over India's princes). He had other trouble too with the British--finances of the state were in terrible shape and tribute was due, and the authorities were not pleased that what money was available was spent on donating the rajah's weight in gold to brahmins. Annexation was threatened and the man had to rein in his ceremonial expenses. Kowtowing to the imperial power was not optional--the arrival of a letter from the queen obliged the rajah once to host a grand banquet and fireworks and celebrations even as his wife lay dying. He rushed to her side afterwards but hours after he had raised a toast to Victoria, he watched his lady, Madhavi, pass away. He died eventually in 1860, having also lost a daughter, but went down as a particularly interesting character, his curiosity for the world overseas restrained only by the orthodox age in which he was king.