Amar Singh, Thakur of Kanota and Commander of the erstwhile Jaipur State Force wrote religiously and chronicled the life and times of the royal age. Sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. He wrote diaries for 44 years specifically between 1898 and 1942 without fail, except for a single day when he had fallen from a horse and was unwell.
His passion for writing diaries has eventually gone on to become a world record as the longest diaries ever written. Those diaries are still be found preserved at Kanota Museum, located some 15 km east of Jaipur, on the Agra highway.
This museum is quite different from usual ones. It looks like a temple of knowledge housing a vast collection of books which date back to the 19th century.
The Waterman-penned entries diaries comprise the 89 volumes of Amar Singh’s writing, which encompass observations on regular, daily life and affairs related to social, political, military and family. They also provide captivating insights into the lavish lives of the princely states during the British Raj.
The museum also displays a beautiful collection of tea sets, pickle jars, liquor glasses, whisky bottles, old tiffins and other utensils of that bygone era. Tucked into the thick walls of Castle Kanota, this museum maintains the rich legacy since its construction in 1872.