HomeBad BehaviorLoughlin, Giannulli want $1M bail cut in college scam case Jul. 15, 2020 at 5:00 amBad BehaviorBriefsCrimeLoughlin, Giannulli want $1M bail cut in college scam caseGuest Author11 months agocollege admissions bribery case.college scamLori LoughlinMossimo Giannulli “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, want their bail cut from $1 million to $100,000, telling a judge they will not flee ahead of their sentencing in the college admissions bribery case.In a court filing on Monday, lawyers for the famous couple who admitted to paying half a million dollars to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as fake crew recruits also asked the judge to remove the requirement that their bonds be secured by a lien on their house. The defense said prosecutors have agreed to their request.“There is no indication that Defendants will flee rather than face sentencing,” Loughlin and Giannulli’s attorneys wrote.On Tuesday, another California couple also pleaded guilty to participating in the bribery scheme.Diane Blake and Todd Blake from Ross, California, appeared before a Boston federal court judge via video conference because of the coronavirus pandemic and admitted to paying $250,000 to get their daughter into USC with fake volleyball credentials.Under their plea deals, Diane Blake has agreed to serve six weeks in prison, while Todd Blake has agreed to serve four months. The Blakes are scheduled to be sentenced in November. Emails seeking comment were sent to their lawyers.The Blakes are the 27th and 28th parents to plead guilty in the case dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.” They were among dozens of wealthy parents, athletic coaches and others arrested last year in the case that shocked the education and entertainment worlds.In a stunning reversal, Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded guilty in May after insisting for more than a year that they were innocent. The judge said at the time that he will decide whether to accept the deals after considering the presentencing report, a document that contains background on defendants and helps guide sentencing decisions.Loughlin and Giannulli are scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 21. If the judge accepts their plea deals, Loughlin will be sentenced to two months in prison and Giannulli will be sentenced to five months.The first trial for several parents fighting the charges is scheduled for October.ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated PressTags :college admissions bribery case.college scamLori LoughlinMossimo Giannullishare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentPolice can’t access LAPD gang database records after scandalAmazon unveils shopping cart that knows what you’re buyingYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press10 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author10 hours agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author1 day ago
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Jessica Harrington is another chasing her first BoyleSports Irish Grand National success and the Timico Gold Cup winning trainer has left her smart novice Our Duke, the clear ante-post favourite, in next Monday’s race. Ted Walsh could yet be represented by Foxrock while the 2016 winning trainer Mouse Morris has left five horses in the race with Alpha Des Obeaux, his Grade 1 RSA Novices´ Chase fourth, and last year’s winner Rogue Angel both certain of a run. Noel Meade has left six horses in the race with his Cheltenham Festival winner Road To Respect featuring among the sextet.Of the remaining cross-channel challenger, Jonjo O’Neill could run his 2014 winner Shutthefrontdoor while Harry Fry’s Fletchers Flyer is another that has done enough to secure a spot in the final line-up.Peter Roe, General Manager of Fairyhouse Racecourse, said: “We are delighted with the strength in depth of the horses remaining in the €500,000 BoyleSports Irish Grand National. It is great to have previous winners Shutthefrontdoor, Rogue Angel and Thunder And Roses along with the exciting Grade 1 winning novice chaser Our Duke. The excitement in the locality is steadily building as we build up to Ireland’s richest ever jumps race. The ground is currently good to yielding and the forecast is for some rain towards the end of the week but we will commence selective watering today in order to produce safe jumping ground.”Liam Glynn, BoyleSports spokesperson, said: “We are looking forward to an intriguing renewal of the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Easter Monday at Fairyhouse in what is set to be probably the most competitive handicap that we will have seen in a long time. With the prize-money now boosted to a record €500,000, it could also well decide whether Gordon Elliott can dethrone Willie Mullins in the Irish National Hunt Trainers’ Championship. Our Duke, our current 11/2 favourite, is by far the worst result in the ante-post book at present and with the form that novices have in the race and the winning streak that trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Robbie Power are on at present, we are very keen to keep him on side.”BoyleSports betting for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, Easter Monday, April 17th, 2017 is as follows:11-2 Our Duke10 Mall Dini10 Noble Endeavor12 Fletchers Flyer14 Abolitionist14 Minella Foru14 The Crafty Butcher14 Haymount16 Shutthefrontdoor16 Foxrock16 Tiger Roll16 Arbre De Vie20 Bar CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF ENTRIES Tiger Roll gives Lisa O’Neill her first Cheltenham Festival winner in the 4 miler.Cheltenham Festival.Photo:Patrick McCann 14.03.2017 print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The €500,000 BoyleSports Irish Grand National could well be the race that decides the winner of this season’s National Hunt trainers’ championship and both Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott will be hoping to feature strongly in the annual spectacular at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, April 17th. Both men are seeking their first win in what is now the most valuable National Hunt race in Ireland, and Elliott, the season’s leading trainer, has left 21 horses in the race, headed by Lord Scoundrel and Noble Endeavor, Roi Des Francs, his Cheltenham Festival winner Tiger Roll, Ball D’Arc and last year’s runner-up, Bless The Wings. As it stands, with the safety limit set at 30 runners, the majority of Elliott’s remaining entries are unlikely to get a run.Willie Mullins, the current champion trainer, is responsible for nine of the remaining 74 entries. However, it would appear that only Haymount, third to Gordon Elliott’s Tiger Roll in the Grade 2 JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders´ Novices´ Chase at Cheltenham is guaranteed a run and that the likes of Blazer, Arbre De Vie and Sambremont will struggle to make the final cut at declaration time at 10am on Good Friday.
Quick UX Prototyping With Adobe XD Shortcuts (PDF Cheat Sheet)You are here: HomeWeb DesignQuick UX Prototyping With Adobe XD Shortcuts (PDF Cheat Sheet) Posted on 6th July 2016Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Every designer has their favorite prototyping tools. However, when it comes to UX wireframing and prototyping, there is often more than one tool involved. Sooner or later, you find yourself switching from one tool to another to cherry-pick the best ones among them. Adobe announced Project Comet in October last year to provide a fast and efficient all-in-one solution. A few months ago, the secret behind the codename was revealed and pushed to the public in a preview version: Adobe Experience Design CC (Adobe XD). Made for fast and fluid UX design, XD gives you everything in one neat bundle: it lets you sketch out ideas, create interactive prototypes, test and share them.The post Quick UX Prototyping With Adobe XD Shortcuts (PDF Cheat Sheet) appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: Quick UX Prototyping With Adobe XD Shortcuts (PDF Cheat Sheet)
Undeterred by the miserable failure of Ping, Apple is reportedly already making moves toward a more social iTunes. These include a deeper integration of Facebook into the iTunes Store and a limited music-sharing feature. The further Apple can head in this direction, the better. Music and video are naturally social-friendly (see YouTube and SoundCloud), but iTunes has long existed on its own isolated island, far from the social networks we’re glued to all day long.As Apple learned the hard way, trying to roll its own social music product isn’t the way to go. Instead, leverage existing social networks is essential, especially for music discovery and artist promotion. Spotify’s Facebook integration, as imperfect as its “frictionless sharing” implementation was, is an example worth emulating. Of course, iTunes has a different business model than Spotify (and, despite rumors, Apple doesn’t plan to launch its own subscription service any time soon). Whereas a user can stream entire tracks from Spotify when they pop up in a friend’s Facebook feed, iTunes may need to work out something else. Perhap’s its a 30-second clip or, in a more user-friendly implementation, the song could be streamed on Facebook once prior to purchase. A similar approach could be adapted to Twitter, where some kind of easy-sharing option could help drive exposure and downloads for music, movies, apps and other content. iTunes shouldn’t play nice only with established services like Facebook and Twitter, but also make an effort to keep up with other social sites when appropriate. Maybe Instagram doesn’t make sense, but Pinterest might. The more iTunes touches the social Web, the better the experience will be for users and content creators alike. Integrate iTunes with Other Music SourcesApple would never do this, but it can’t hurt to ask: iTunes would be far more useful as a desktop media manager if users could plug in third-party content providers. This is something that open-source music player Tomahawk does very well, and it’s a big part of what makes that project so promising. Let’s face it: Users stream music from Spotify, Rdio, SoundCloud and YouTube, in addition to purchasing it from iTunes (or downloading it via BitTorrent for that matter). Allowing access to numerous sources from one user interface would make for a great user experience, even if it would eat into Apple’s music sales. Play Nice with Other Apps and ServicesEven if Apple doesn’t offer a subscription service, it could steal a page from Spotify’s playbook and launch an iTunes platform upon which third-party developers could build apps.Spotify launched its own platform late last year, effectively outsourcing a chunk of its product development. And developers have responded, eagerly building extensions for the Spotify desktop client. Apple could do the same by introducing a similar platform or opening iTunes so developers could add functionality through browser-style plugins. Opening the iTunes ecosystem could include deep integration with recommendation engines such as Last.fm or partnering with exciting social music services with whom Apple knows better than to try to compete. This is another suggestion that would require Apple to think of iTunes less as a gateway to its own retail storefront and more as an experience to be enjoyed by users, who would spend money on content and apps. Redesign the iTunes User InterfaceThe iTunes desktop interface has undergone only subtle, incremental visual changes since its inception. In the meantime, we’ve seen Web-based music services like Rdio rise up sporting clean, well-designed user interfaces. Apple should borrow from these services while striving to create a more iOS-like desktop experience. An extensive visual refresh could go a long way toward making iTunes a joy to use and thus keep more content consumers tied to it. Make the Code More EfficientiTunes is a beast. The desktop client is a notorious resource hog, even when it’s being used for the most basic activities – or just sitting there, for that matter. Any cosmetic changes to the application should be accompanied by architectural updates that would allow it to load and run faster, especially on older machines. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Apple#music#web Related Posts Apple is planning to overhaul iTunes, according to recent reports. Hallelujah! Apple’s clunky, archaic media player is long overdue for an upgrade. iTunes used to be a necessary evil for managing music on an iPhone or updating the operating system on Apple’s mobile devices, but with the arrival of Spotify and the over-the-air software updates in iOS 5, there’s little reason to launch it at all. Even podcasts are more neatly managed in a third-party app such as Instacast or Apple’s own Podcasts app. Whether or not an overhaul is actually under way is anybody’s guess. Nonetheless, we humbly offer a few suggestions.Make iTunes More Social john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#home#Internet of Things#web Related Posts john paul titlow The move toward smart homes that are intensively networked and microprocessor-controlled got a small but important push in the U.K. last week. British Gas, one of the country’s biggest gas suppliers, announced a partnership with AlertMe, a startup that specializes in remote home monitoring and energy management. AlertMe and its competitors offer customers a way to manage their home’s energy consumption on the Web or from smartphone and tablet apps. The need to more effectively manage energy consumption is growing, and networked technology is uniquely equipped to help. AlertMe is partnering exclusively with British Gas for its Remote Heating Control service, which will be available to all of the utility company’s 10 million customers. The new arrangement demonstrates that the smart home concept is spreading beyond forward-thinking startups and catching on with utility companies. For consumers, the most compelling advantage of this type of technology is the cost savings. Under the old system, homes were cooled and warmed inefficiently and at improper times, leading to wasted energy and money. Automated systems like those offered by AlertMe, Control4 and smart thermostat manufacturers like Nest allow residents to schedule their temperature-control regimen in advance or do so automatically based on their past habits. This has an immediate impact on home energy bills. If adopted on a large scale, it could have a broader environmental impact. Utility companies and tech startups aren’t the only ones diving head-first into this space. Tech giants are getting in on the action as well. Google aims to weave Internet connectivity into a variety of household appliances with its [email protected] initiative. Meanwhile, Comcast’s XFinity Home initiative is a partnership with Verizon to offer home automation services. AlertMe’s solution is geared toward U.K. customers for now, but the company says it plans to launch a similar offering in the United States soon. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
jon mitchell Tags:#Microsoft#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Outlook.com mail reduces clicks in small ways, displaying convenient delete and mark-as-read buttons alongside as you mouse over each message, so you can execute these actions instantly without having to click a check box first. It lets you choose your preferred keyboard shortcuts; if you’re not used to Outlook shortcuts, you can switch to Gmail or Yahoo! Mail shortcuts.Outlook mail also has easy tools for cleaning up so-called “graymail,” the coupons and newsletters we’re constantly getting but may not always want. You can schedule regular cleanups of old robo-emails while keeping the latest one in your inbox.So what will happen to Hotmail, Microsoft’s long-lived webmail service? It will remain as it is for now, but not forever. “This is a preview,” Mehta says of Outlook.com mail. Microsoft will merge its two webmail services “at some point,” but for now, it will run the two in tandem.Go to Outlook.com to join the preview. You can upgrade your existing Windows Live or Hotmail account, or you can create a new Outlook.com user name. Hotmail’s days are numbered with Microsoft’s announcement of an all-new cloud-based email service at Outlook.com Tuesday. It ties into SkyDrive, so you have 7GB of free space, and it can open attachments right inside new Web apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Its built-in Outlook chat connects to Facebook messages, and it will integrate Skype calls later this year. Outlook.com mail was designed to snag Gmail users first and foremost, according to Dharmesh Mehta, Microsoft’s director for Windows Live product management. Unlike Google’s email service, Outlook.com doesn’t personalize its ads by looking at your email content. More generic Bing ads are displayed in the right-hand sidebar of the inbox, but not in a conversation view. When you’re viewing an email thread, the sidebar shows the sender’s photo and recent Facebook and Twitter activity, which you can respond to right in line. It’s like Microsoft built in a simplified version of Rapportive.Outlook’s address book connects to Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, LinkedIn and other services, so contact info will update automatically when friends change their profiles. Outlook.com mail does some handy tricks with attachments. Attached photos appear in recipients’ inbox as nicely formatted Web-based previews instead of a deluge of large files. Click on them and they open in the browser. And email messages can show SkyDrive and Flickr album slideshows.Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, which people constantly email back and forth, upload to SkyDrive and can be edited in the browser – just like Google Docs, but without the need to convert the files. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Dmytro Spilka What does it take to make the university the best learning experience in the lifecycle of one’s education? Higher education is all about developing skills, exploring new theories, and applying them to the actualities of real life. Throughout this journey, students are encouraged to stay on top of their workload, study, and complete assessments all while simultaneously leading a healthy, active, and balanced social life.Existing Fractures in the University StructureThe essential materials relied on at university include books, books, and more books. As we move into an age of digitalization of practically everything, there is a reason to believe that the existing higher education model should too be digitalized to allow for an enhanced university experience.The existing model of higher education looks something along the following lines.Based on a one-module-fits-all curriculum, where students are all expected to learn the same thing in the confines of a classroom, they will then be assessed by examinations based on rigid criteria to determine a pass or fail. These intrinsic features of the education system do little to contribute to an enhanced learning experience. Instead, prospects for development under the current model seems to have come to a halt.The world around us moves closer to an entirely digitalized world.Having the entire world become digitalized is essential as little else could be more detrimental to the future than our young minds being taught in obsolete ways. Artificial intelligence has disrupted almost every industry. The AI market is expected to generate $3 trillion in revenue by 2024.The market in billion U.S. dollars.Image Source: StatistaBased on a 2018 report assessing the expected impact of AI and machine learning on a selection of domains worldwide, only 3% of respondents believed that AI would not affect society in general within two years (Statista).The ability of intelligent machines to perform highly sophisticated and specific tasks without explicit human input should not be overlooked in the higher education sector.Artificial Intelligence Technological SolutionsAI’s ability to make recommendations and produce answers based on patterns and inferences is precisely what humans cannot do on a mass scale – and precisely what our existing university structure demands.University 20.35, (https://2035.university/en/), introduces the first university model that provides opportunities for professional development by creating individual educational trajectories and tracking digital skill profiles using artificial intelligence.The use of digital footprints, which the platform collects during educational processes measures and analyses the students’ skills. Then, it confirms or refutes whether a trajectory module teacher can efficiently transfer skills to the students.The network of organizations and digital platforms.The use of AI here is of great revelation. It’s currently being implemented in personal educational trajectories development. In other words, the collection of Big Data on a student’s educational and professional background, combined with his/her digital footprint allows the intelligent machine to suggest the best development path.A large part of university learning takes place within labs and lecture theatres.If there’s one thing that makes studying at university better, it has everything you need to learn, study, and research wherever the student may be. Whether studying, learning or research takes place on the go or from home can be the students’ choice. Through a combination of online and offline education, artificial intelligence allows students to study where and when they want.Using whichever platform they prefer or need, makes learning more accessible to everyone. The learning, in turn, lends to the prospects of AI for future students. It may mean that the use of mobile devices and online data collection increases.This shift way from popular book learning towards smart devices contributes to the mass data we collect as a population. More data essentially means more information and better AI developed models.We think of the most enhanced environments for learning.We might conjure up images in our heads of groups of students studying together, in an attempt to improve their existing skills and fill in the gaps in their knowledge. Before the introduction of AI, this image of students was the only one conceivable, but it’s not the most effective.AI, through the collection and analysis of digital footprints, allows for the creation of each students’ digital twin. Digital twins are essentially the digital replica of physical assets, i.e., the physical twin or the replica is of the student.This accurate and near to real-time data based on digital footprint as well as some biological data can help to establish better solutions for students. This includes the biological of the surroundings as well as personal biolgical data. The application of the digital twin in higher education has the potential to shed light on gaps in the student’s knowledge, their forgetfulness, and hone in on their strengths.Through AI, digital twins can materialize into a functional and personal study buddy.Twinning is effectively a solid starting point for the development of a proactive educational study plan. From here, as the data reflects the student’s actual profile, the near to real-time data of the students’ progress will represent the students’ knowledge and skills.Twinning can also be modeled to take into account what the student forgets and the skills they are practicing. The digital economy awaits, and as things stand, the next generation of our workforce have been and continue to be, educated and trained in an educational model that is incompatible with the digital future.The university project, Island 10-22, is an incentive for education leaders aimed at intensive skills development specifically for the digital economy.Participants of this project receive skills development in the field of digital and cross-cutting technologies. They are therefore anticipated to be the most sought after members of the labor market and will lead in the transition into a digital global economy.“We aim to create a flexible digital education system, not even of tomorrow, but for the day after, based on the unique Russian educational AI.”The Russian education AI will enable quick training of these specialists and teams to solve complex problems,” said Dmitry Peskov, head of University 20.35.On many occasions, students at university will be expected to work in groups on team projects.Artificial intelligence technologies can make intelligent recommendations on team development for technical projects. And nothing enhances learning quite like team development. Collaboration drives innovation. Artificial intelligence, by considering each participant’s profile, we can assemble the most efficient teams and distribute work according to skill and proficiency.AI poses some strategic and educational revolutionary technical solutions.Each of these can help the current educational model reach the next milestone in maximizing both its standards and the level of expertise in students it produces. Total digital footprint recording allows AI to analyze the interaction of the participants in social networks.The results of completed tasks, geolocation, as well as uploads of videos and photos, make possible a personalized program based on the needs of the student. Subsequently, individual development pathways with AI assistants can be created for each student.When looking ahead at development records and tracing the students’ progress, AI, through semantic speech analysis allows the tracking of changes in the participants’ mindsets. Biometric data gathering can identify stress and fatigue levels to analyze different stages of the program. This data can then be used to modify the program accordingly.AI puts students on a personal development pathway based on their digital footprints.AI can do much more than condense a lecture into flashcards and smart online study guides. It has thus far, automated administrative tasks, introduced personalized learning to the extraordinarily generic syllabus that exists today.AI’s application is still in its early stages; its continued development will soon see it working as a full-fledged AI-based university model. The model will be immersed entirely on the premise of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Simultaneously, its development will generate a higher caliber of students. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#education Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Dmytro is a CEO at Solvid, a creative content creation agency based in London. He’s also the founder of Pridicto, a web analytics startup. His work has been featured in various publications, including Entrepreneur.com, TechRadar, Hackernoon, TNW, Huff Post, and ReadWrite.
Nothing sells quite like royalty. Britain’s tabloid-fuelled obsession with “The Firm” may be way over the top but it does symbolise a universal truth: we are all suckers for the tiara-topped crowd. The classic fairytale about the beautiful princess, when played out in real life, is unbeatable for its box-office,Nothing sells quite like royalty. Britain’s tabloid-fuelled obsession with “The Firm” may be way over the top but it does symbolise a universal truth: we are all suckers for the tiara-topped crowd. The classic fairytale about the beautiful princess, when played out in real life, is unbeatable for its box-office value. But some decades before Lady Diana achieved crowning glory, there was another princess who dazzled the world with her grace and beauty: Gayatri Devi. Her celebrity presence on the world stage was before the advent of the paparazzi, which explains why she didn’t make the kind of waves Diana did some 40 years later.Despite that, much has been written about Gayatri Devi: her status as one of the most beautiful women in the world, her romance and marriage to Jaipur’s dashing maharaja, Sawai Man Singh, the classic “Golden Couple” and their lifestyle among the international jet set. Dharmendar Kanwar, however, comes from Rajasthan blue blood herself so her tribute to Gayatri Devi is an insider’s account of the life and times of one of India’s most charismatic and enduring royals.Though much of the book, heavily pictorial, retraces history, there are plenty of nuggets hidden in the hagiography to make for an interesting read. For instance, it is not generally known why her mother Maharani Indira Devi of Cooch Behar first named her Princess Ayesha. Growing up with a Muslim name called for much comment but the reason was commonplace: Indira Devi happened to be reading Rider Haggard’s classic novel She before Gayatri Devi was born and named her after the book’s heroine. It was only after their return to India from London that court astrologers decreed her name should start with the letter G.Among the St Moritz crowd, she continued to be known as Ayesha Jaipur. A fact that is often glossed over is that Gayatri Devi had to compete with two other women for Man Singh’s affections: she was his third wife and hence the junior most in the strict Jaipur hierarchy.The author offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between Gayatri Devi and Man Singh’s other wives, known formally as First Her Highness and Second Her Highness, how they remained in the background and, barring a few rocky moments, had a close rapport with Gayatri Devi and never contested her ascendancy.The most interesting part of the book concerns Gayatri Devi’s life in Jaipur as the new maharani and how the royals and subjects took to her unconventional ways. Those days no maharani wore slacks in public, drove car, sported bobbed hair, went horseback riding and played squash and tennis apart from polo and shikar.Much of Gayatri Devi’s lifestyle, her cordial relationship with the other wives and her eventual prominence was due to her husband, an enlightened ruler who was pretty unconventional himself in terms of attitude and protocol. This book is, in that sense, as much a tribute to him as it is to his glamorous and gorgeous wife. Ultimately it serves to remind us that Gayatri Devi was much more than a “glass doll”, as Indira Gandhi once called her.advertisement