A story of India comparable to Gone With the Wind tells the tale in Far Pavilions of the Maharajah of Karedkote who is sending his two half-sisters, young and beautiful, in the company of a British Guide across India to be wed to another Maharajah.
The size of the moving camp is so huge it’s hard to get your arms around it. There are the four state elephants for the wedding procession, a battery of artillery and two regiments of his soldiers, together with 25 elephants, 500 camels, uncountable numbers of horses, and at least six thousand plus camp followers.
“Bit of swank,” says the District Officer, “a chance for the young brother Maharajah to show off.”
This dashing smartness in appearance is slang by the British for “swagger” or “style.”
Not to worry, in today’s world, we’ve got SWANK! Even allowing for the hundreds of millions who still live in poverty, disease and want, this generation of humans has access to more calories, watts, square feet, gigabytes, megahertz, light-years, bushels per acre, miles per gallon, food, air miles and dollars than ever before.
We have more Velcro, vaccines, vitamins, shoes, movie stars, singers, TV dramas, bean slicers, partners, tennis rackets or golf clubs, drones or anything else you can imagine needing. Not to mention the Internet, books and e-books, Smart phones, cars, software and hardware.
There are those who will disagree with this. And, so, to be fair, we’ll report back additional research in the next blog.