"In the pre-Independence era, viceroys, the inhabitants of the presidential palace, were Lords and their wives Ladies. C. Rajagopalachari, who took over as India’s governor-general, was a widower and he did not bother about the role of a hostess. The viceroys used to throw frequent parties and celebrate every occasion in the breathtaking, beautiful and elegant Rashtrapati Bhavan; Rajagopalachari never entertained such extravaganza. He is said to have refused to live inside the palace as he found it too fancy. He even went to the extent of ploughing a part of the Mughal Gardens to grow wheat when the country faced a foodgrain shortage." More here.