INDIA: Appointment in Calcutta

Ramendra Narayan Roy, Kumar (Prince) of Bhowal, was the despair of his tutors. When the Kumar was 25 he was—in the opinion of a learned judge reviewing his life years later—an "unlettered oaf who spent his days with stable boys and his nights with harlots."

First Call. In May, 1909, in fashionable Darjeeling, death called for Roy. His shy, modest wife, Bibhabati Devi, 19, wasted few tears, gave no thought to immolating herself in suttee. She had his body laid on a funeral pyre. Then she invited her brother to manage the Kumar's...

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