INDIA: Pearls, Virgins, Elephants

Last week a remarkable collection of automobiles rolled into New Delhi, India.

There were Rolls-Royces, Mercedes, Isotta Fraschinis, Fiats. Some had cowls of aluminum. Others had a veneer of satinwood. A few were plated all over with gold. There were purple, vermilion, lavender and orange limousines and sports models with velvet and satin upholstery.

Residents watched for one car with a battleship searchlight on top, one with bulletproof steel shutters, another with a small pipe organ perched on the running board. The richest and most eccentric group of men in the world were...

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