“The Rani did not live like other Indian princes. Instead of teetar-hunts, she endowed scholarships. Instead of hotel scandals, she had politics. And so the rumours began.”
from Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
- (the feminine of raja) a Hindu princess or the wife of a raja
ORIGIN: From Hindustani रानी / رانی < Sanskrit राज्ञी (queen, princess).
Wait. What the hell’s a “teetar”?
…Ah. An internet search reveals that a teetar is a partridge. There are loads of you tube videos if you’re interested in that.