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Usman Ali Khan was the last “Nizam” of Hyderabad. He ascended the throne at the age of only twenty-five. He was considered one of the richest men in the world at the time. The source of so much wealth of the “Nizam” was the diamond and gem mines of Golkonda. The famous Koh-i-Noor diamond was also mined from the same mine which is now owned by Britain. Famous author Dale Carnegie has written in his book “Little Known Facts About Well Known People” strange details about the “Nizam”.
According to him, the “Nizam” had gold chairs, cars and cannons. The “Nizam” ate food in pots made of gold. Nizam had about five hundred women in the "harem" which he had inherited from his father. Only one of these women has an approved look of “Nizam” that travelled in Rolls-Royce. There were curtains inside the car so that no one can see the royal face.
The richest man in the world would get up early in the morning and he would not go to sleep with a clock alarm, but musicians would come to wake him up and enter his bedroom and play melodies on the instruments. He used to get up early in the morning and offer Fajr prayers. The four servants of the "Nizam" were only there to clothe the “Nizam”. These four also had different duties. For example, a servant's duty was to wear only pajamas. After putting on his pajamas, he sat idle all day waiting for the next day to come and put on his pajamas again. Some servants were just to take care of "Nizam" hair. He bathed in perfume daily and used a special kind of powder instead of soap.
The “Nizam” spoke excellent English. He used to hunt lions on elephants but despite having so much wealth, he did not use to spend a lot of money and preferred to receive gifts rather than giving gifts. The “Nizam” extended great feasts and expected its guests to bring gifts in cash. He would go to the market to buy things and taste different kinds of food from the hotels, and the owner of the hotel would send whatever food he liked to the palace. Nizam was also fond of publishing his own poetry collections and kept its price by himself. People were used to buy the book of the ruling poet in droves. He used to give only 200 rupees per month to his wife.