The Scandal PointEdit
Shimla was the summer capital of British Raj, the described as the jewel in the crown and the Raj lores have found expression in many literary works including the classics of modern times like the Raj Quartet. Related to the oral history of British Raj is the Scandal Point, now called Lala Lajpat Rai Chowk, a n area of Shimla. It has been described as "born of a legend". Currently, the junction between the Ridge and the Mall is known as the Lala Lajpat Rai Chowk, but locals call it the Scandal Point. The legend states that in 1920s when Shimla was the vibrant summer capital of India, Maharaja Bhupendra Singh, from the royal house of Patiala , Punjab state, India, fell in love with the pretty young daughter of the British commonder-in-chief of the Indian British Army, and tried to abduct the damsel wheile she was strolling round the Mall. The British were naturally incensed and banished the king from Shimla. Maharaja Bhupendra Singh left Shimla and settled at Chail 40 km away from Shimla. The scandalous story remained in the public psyche and the place acquired the nickname, the Scandal Point. Years later, Rudyard Kipling, the India born British writer immortalised the Scandal Point in his short story, The Education of Otis Yeere. He used the name the Scandal Point in the same sense as used by the-then local grapevines.