This happened in the 1940s, during British rule.
The Bhupinder Singh of Patiala asked about the price of a Rolls Royce car while on a visit to London.
He was snubbed by the sales staff who didn’t know who he was.
On return to India, the Maharaja imported a Rolls Royce through government channels and used it for garbage collection in the palace garden!
The Times of London carried a front-page report with a striking photograph of the Rolls full of garbage.
Shocked, the Rolls Royce people pleaded with the Maharaja not to damage the prestige of their car.
They offered to buy his Rolls back at a higher price! Replied the Maharaja, “Rolls Royce is ideal for garbage collection.
In fact, I would like to buy two more from you, as my palace generates a lot of garbage.
The price is immaterial.
” It is said that ever since, any Indian who visits the Rolls Royce plant in London is treated like a Maharaja — the staff are scared he may turn out to be one!
Point: Don’t mess around with India or Indians! Something the British did learn."