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|Number of Pages||360 Pages|
|Authored By||William Dalrymple|
William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of Firth of Forth. He is the author of five books of history and travel, including the highly acclaimed best-seller City of Djinns, which won the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Ye...View More
William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of Firth of Forth. He is the author of five books of history and travel, including the highly acclaimed best-seller City of Djinns, which won the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. His previous book, White Mughals, garnered a range of prizes, including the prestigious Wolfson Prize for History 2003 and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize. It was also shortlisted for the PEN History Award, the Kiriyama Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. A stage version by Christopher Hampton has been co-commissioned by the National Theatre and the Tamasha Theatre Company. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society, Dalrymple was awarded the 2002 Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his 'outstanding contribution to travel literature' and the Sykes Medal of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs in 2005 for his contribution to the understanding of contemporary Islam. He wrote and presented three television series, Stones of the Raj, Sufi Soul and Indian Journeys, the last of which won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series at BAFTA in 2002. In December 2005 his article on the madrasas of Pakistan was awarded the prize for Print Article of the Year at the 2005 FPA Media Awards. He is married to the artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children. They divide their time between London, Scotland and Delhi.
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Oct 3, 2015
Dalrymple ki Delhi
Jun 3, 2015
Enchanting Chronicle of Delhi’s History
Dec 30, 2014
So much like Dilli!
Apr 6, 2014
A deserved Thomas Cook to say the least.
Aug 18, 2013
Great Literary Treat
Dr. Shashank Prakash Srivastava
Nov 29, 2012
A fantastic portrait of a newly resurrected city of a reborn nation.The city of djinns is a fascinating travelogue, or said to be shaped like a novel about the historical capital of India. It revolves around the Life 'in' Delhi and 'of' Delhi, which was during the time of the book's conception in 90's.
Jun 3, 2015
Enchanting Chronicle of Delhi’s HistoryWritten by Dalrymple, during a brief sojourn of eleven months in Delhi with his wife, City of Djinns emerges as a part travelogue, part memoir, past history. Built on the banks of Jumna river; the author travels to every nook and corner of the city and brings fore the ghosts of the seven cities of Delhi which has been inhabited and abandoned many times in history, but never destructed. Constructed from conversations with guardians of old traditions and history and a new generation demonstrated by the likes of Mrs. Puri and remnants of ruins, the book keeps moving back and forth the various per… (Expand)
Oct 3, 2011
From 20th century Delhi to the Indraprastha of Mahabharata!!I have been an ardent fan of William Dalrymple since I read his book 'The Last Mughal'. City of Djinns starts from the year 1993 and descends backward in time to the Mahabharata age when Delhi was known as Indraprastha. The narration is quite strong with a little bit of humour always there in between which really keeps you engrossed. The reader also gets to know the common man of this great city through the writer's acquaintances especially his landlady who's quite funny. Overall a nice book with lots of information about Delhi regarding it's history!!Looking forward to his next book 'Nine Liv… (Expand)
Apr 9, 2011
the immortal delhiThe book is an excellent account of what Delhi was, what Delhi is and what Delhi is poised to become. The remains and flavours of the various dynasties that ruled Delhi are beautifully depicted. I am really amazed at the pain and patience that WD shows to explore Delhi and bring out it's true image, be it the past, the old walled city or the new flourishing capital. The colours of India are aptly described along with the heritage that Delhi has passed on over the centuries. The exploitations of the British are frustrating, esp the demolishing of our beautiful heritage buildings within the fort… (Expand)
Oct 3, 2015
Dalrymple ki DelhiI have read “City of Djinns” 3 times now and I fall in love with Delhi everytime I read this book. Written by William Dalrymple this amazing travelogue of my favorite city is a must read for anyone who wants to delve deeper into Delhi’s glorious past and rich history. Each chapter is a detailed journey into the mystical realm of a city that once used to be.
Dec 30, 2014
So much like Dilli!City of Djinns is a very close representation of Delhi, quite like Khushwant Singh's work(s).
Apr 6, 2014
A deserved Thomas Cook to say the least.Being a delhite, it was great to read about your city in a different light altoghether. Dalrymple lends a great insight into the history of Delhi in a hierarchy from the most recent events(like 1984) to the earlier times of British, the Muhals and Ibn Battuta as we go further. It is so good its like you're almost smelling the same thing, viewing the scene from his eyes.
Aug 18, 2013
Great Literary TreatTrust this Scot-man describe and co-relate the past and present in a refreshingly straight-forward , lucid and intelligent literary feat, that I think, no Indian writer can achieve..For all his research and his intuitive ear & eyes for details, possible only by grace of the God, I hope his services should be used by the authorities in restoring/re-telling/publicizing the forgotten monuments and places for benefit of not-only history-buffs and foreigners, but also to our own countrymen, school-children, and future generations..
Jul 8, 2013
A writer who loves Delhi1 way to express is that I have bought 9 copies for so far and gifted away to people who had lived in Delhi but did not know about many of the places described touchingly. We spend so much of our lives in a city and know the most obvious places. Never do we think of the history of the city. Delhi is the best choice for it and Dalrymple is the ideal writer. This got me to 5 other titles of Dalrymple.
Feb 8, 2013
He knows Delhi better than usEverytime I land up at Delhi to stand infront of any of it's incalculatable historical monuments or ruins this book plays a silent music somwhere in my mind - this is the book that first gave me a vivid details of all seven capitals that this great city housed over the period of time.Be it the Lutyen's New Delhi or Tughlaqabad Dalrymple ensured details of history in a scotch like smoothness of language.No Indian before this has ever tried to present Delhi to us in this way - a collector's item and no doubt a guide that not only makes your travel easy but also make you a scolar when you real… (Expand)