Rajmata Gayatri Devi, RIP


She had been named one of the ten most beautiful women in the world by TIME magazine but that was not when I saw her. I saw her when her elegantly coiffed hair was a helmet of silver, those doe eyes had got hooded over with folds of skin, her porcelain skin had wrinkled gently into comfort and spotted with unforgiving years, but vestiges of the beauty were evident to everyone in the crowded venue at the five star hotel in Mumbai where the royalty of Rajasthan and the rest of India had gathered for an event. I was there, of course, in my capacity as a lowly hack sent to cover the event. I could only stare at her open mouthed. She outshone every single woman in the room, without a fringe of a doubt. And it was not just beauty. It was her presence. She was in a pale pink chiffon with a single strand of pearls, and she outshone every loaded to the gills with jewellery socialite flitting around. Her back was ramrod straight. Her tilting of her chin imperious, yet not arrogant. Her gaze direct and unwavering. It was the gaze of a woman who had lived her life to the fullest, who was aware of her beauty and the effect it had on the onlooker and was unapologetic about it. It was the kind of self assurance that us lesser folk could never even imagine having. It was the kind of assurance that made this, then 24 year old woman squirm and feel totally inadequate, like a gawky teenager straight from the village. But she was gracious with me. A little sharp with those who hovered around too much for her liking or those who asked inane questions. The regality came from within, it didn’t depend on externals of clothing and jewellery, though those too, were understated but impeccable. Her passing is the passing of an era, one feels the same sort of indescribable vacuum one felt when Lady Diana passed away, the feeling that something truly beautiful has gone away and the earth is that much lesser a place for the loss. Here is wishing her a peaceful afterlife.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published nine books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016), psychological thriller with Missing, Presumed Dead (2018) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. In 2018, she was awarded the International Women's Day award for literary excellence by ICUNR and Ministry of Women and Children, Government of India. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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11 Responses to Rajmata Gayatri Devi, RIP

  1. Andy says:

    when I grow old I want to grow old like her…what elegance..what an aura!!!


  2. Gigi says:

    Leela Naidu and Gayatri Devi gone in two days. The world has lost two gracious women.


  3. Just Someone says:

    Elegance unparalleled! Nice tribute piece…


  4. She to me was elegance and grace personified …RIP


  5. Aathira says:

    She is so elegant…

    Rest in Peace…


  6. Poppy says:

    Nice. Just look at her bone structure, she’s really beautiful! I envy your job !


  7. Shilpa Garg says:

    Hey! A very beautiful tribute to the most beautiful woman!
    May she rest in peace.

    PS: You may like to check my tribute to the Rajmata @ http://shilpaagarg.blogspot.com/2009/07/tribute-to-maharani.html


  8. A majestic woman with very vivid persona.Was involved in various facets right from helping the cause of poor to help tourism,wild life,restoration of culture and heritage to never ending love for various sports with keen in golf and polo.The world has lost a rare beauty.


  9. Anupama says:

    A lovely tribute to an equally lovely lady..ouside and insi”A princess remembers” captures the true essence of her spirit..great read!!!


  10. Kiran Manral says:

    @all: May her soul rest in peace.


  11. mummyjaan says:

    She was so elegant and beautiful.


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