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TODAY'S MAHARAJAH OF BENARES Sunday, November 29, 2015 

In January 2009 Mr Andrew Richards OBE, an eye surgeon working in India for a charity called Second Sight, visited the present Maharajah of Benares. On behalf of the author and the people of Stoke Row he presented to the Maharajah a copy of Angela Spencer-Harper’s book “Dipping into the Wells”. Mr Richards kindly took the photos shown below and gave these copies to the Maharajah’s Well Trust. We are very grateful for this thoughtful act.

His Highness The Maharajah of Benares

Entrance to the Palace at Ramnagar

Entrance to His Highness’ private quarters

His Highness’ private balcony

Mr Nair, the Maharajah’s secretary

Two views from the roof garden out to Benares and the Holy Ghats


Second Sight

Cataract surgery is probably the most cost-effective surgery known to medicine and once cured, cataract cannot return. India has more children, women and men blind from cataract than anywhere else in the world. Apart from the human cost, the WHO estimates that this costs the country $2 billion annually. Second Sight aims to eradicate cataract blindness in India, sending experienced ophthalmic surgeons where they are most needed. Further information on its work can be found at: http://www.secondsight.org.uk/

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