The uniqueness about this book is that it is read as written by a French lady, with the creation of a character named Louise. As the title of the book suggests, it is a little walk of the lost World, that once was a promising era.
Louise is a French lady, born in Nice. A working woman, struggling with her personal life and professional career. She is bearing the pain of being away from her family and her beloved daughter had hit her soul, yet she was ambitious with her attempts in making a documentary film to be featured at Cannes Film festival, which did make her take several hard decisions in her life.
Through the eyes of Louise, one is taken through the enthralling journey into the past, the royality, the palaces, and their festivities, which had left her spell bound. It was of course different from her experiences about the people back at Nice. She felt connected with the people here, at the same time felt isolated, thinking about her own past.
Louise comes across some amazing and unheard secret stories about the rulers and Diwan in parallel. She finds the world of Diwan and his family fascinating, and she is drawn to understand their life style.
The book is in two sections – Louise’s emotional experiences during her stay in the fort, while the later section is the expansion of the stories related to the Diwan’s family, and the hidden aspect being , that she is assisted by the present Maharani, but her name does not appear anywhere.
Overall, it is a small book, yet wonderful, collection of stories, rich memories , though nostalgic.
The book has captivated some great insight on Indian heritage from a forigen eye.