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were sulking in the departure of her loved ones. Enthroned on the top of the mighty ...
28 May 2018
When India was trudging through slavery under the British rule; the longest ruling, glorious monarch of the British Empire was enslaved to the charm and reticence of a brown Indian, Abdul Karim.
Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu is an astonishing story of the Queen Victoria and her unbudging love for an Indian, Abdul Karim, who was sent to serve her for her Golden Jubilee. Contrary to the powerful, mighty image of the Empress of India, the book portrays the monarch as a lonely, melancholic figure who, at her twilight years, were sulking in the departure of her loved ones. Enthroned on the top of the mighty empire, with one fifth of the world under her rule, kings, queens, princes and princesses of the world at her service, the monarch was still sad for dearth of love and affection. Her beloveds, Prince Albert's, her husband and Sir John Brown's, her confidant, untimely departure from the earth, leaves a vacuum in her life. That's when a charming, young boy arrives at her doorstep in his exotic Oriental looks that instantly warms the monarch's heart. From being a servant to the monarch to being someone for whom the monarch stands against everybody in her household and empire, the journey of Abdul Karim and Queen Victoria is worth reading.
The queen's motherly, chirpy, warm, considerate nature and her illogical, irrational and unconditional love to a mere servant leaves you dumbstruck. You feel a kind of hatred towards Abdul Karim for his irreversible influence over the monarch but at the end, after the death of the Monarch, the white people's treatment towards him makes you believe that they deserved the kind of treatment they got at the behest of the Monarch under Karim's influence. Everyone needs love and if you don't get it from the family, you seek it outside. That's exactly what happened with Queen Victoria. Karim did churn benefits from her unconditional love towards him but his loyalty and affection towards the monarch was unbudging and sincere.
Victoria and Abdul is a story you would think is just a story for its frivolous and homely touch but it's a truth that will leave you wondering.At the end, everyone in the world, be it a monarch or a next door person, yearns only for love.