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'I Had Shot My First Panther Before I Turned Thirteen'

Gayatri Devi turned 13 in 1932

'I Had Shot My First Panther Before I Turned Thirteen'
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'I Had Shot My First Panther Before I Turned Thirteen'
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It was the year I had a huge crush on Jai (Maharaja Man Singh of Jaipur). I’d first met him when I was 12; he came to Calcutta to play polo and stayed with us. He cut such a dashing figure and although he was eight years older, I felt an instant connection with him. For one thing, he loved sports as much as I did. By 13, we had started dating, going on long drives, mostly when we went to stay in England. I was too young to think of marriage, but I spent hours daydreaming about my prince charming.

There was plenty of sports when I was 13—riding, cricket, croquet and tennis. And shikar on elephant back—I’d already shot my first panther before I’d turned 13. And there was a huge doll house where we played for hours on end. It was fun, having the run of the palatial grounds in Cooch Behar.

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