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Kabab Country

Even street foodwallahs here hark back to its royal past

Kabab Country
Narendra Bisht
Kabab Country
outlookindia.com
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On the walls, blonde nymphs frolic across impossibly idealised European landscapes. The blue-and-gold ceiling is peeling; the Osler chandeliers are laden with dust. These—and the ghosts of the past—are all that remain of the once-grand banquet hall at the Khas Bagh Palace, the seat of the nawabs of Rampur.

The Wedgwood china, crystal and silver have long vanished. So has the long damask-shrouded table, which could seat as many as 500 guests. So have the liveried attendants who stood behind each chair. And so have the 300 cooks, each a specialist.... The glory days of the former nawabs, Hamid Ali Khan and his son Raza Ali Khan, who died in 1966, are now a distant memory.

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