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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury India
    • Genre: Travel
    • ISBN: 9789385936555, 9789385936555
    • Pages: 360
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    5

    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.
    From the recent politics of the subcontinent, Indira Gandhi's assassination, anti-sikh riot, 1947 independence and creation of two new states of India and Pakistan, the refugee camps in Delhi, its advancement thereafter.
    Going in a retrograde fashion then, and ...
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    Dr. Shashank Prakash Srivastava

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    Brilliant

    The more you read this book, the more you realise Delhi’s central paradox: Delhi, one of the oldest towns in the world, is inhabited by a population most of whose roots in the ancient city stretch back only 70 years at best. As Dalrymple writes, “This explains why Delhi, the grandest of grand old aristocratic dowagers, tended to behave today like a nouveau-riche heiress: all show and conspicuous consumption. It was a style most unbecoming for a city of her age and lineage, moreover it jarred ...
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    Enchanting Chronicle of Delhi’s History

    Written 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 demonstrate...
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    Isha Aggarwal

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    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 ...
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    Dalrymple ki Delhi

    I 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.

    Delhi has clearly been there and done that, the Nation’s capital which rightly described by Dalrymple was “once the last bastion of the ...
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    justagirlfromaamchimumbai

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    So much like Dilli!

    City of Djinns is a very close representation of Delhi, quite like Khushwant Singh's work(s).
    Mrs Puri, the landlady epitomises a 'Dilliwaali Punjabi' landlady.
    The author's portrayal of Delhi and its inhabitants is phenomenal - it really is one of the most interesting books you'd come across if you are even slightly interested in the North Indian culture.,
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    Saad Hashmi

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    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.
    The con, well... in my opinion the distribution of the chapters wasn't exactly the same which led to some chapters having a ...
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    Abhinav Sethi

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    A writer who loves Delhi

    1 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.
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    He knows Delhi better than us

    Everytime 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 it...
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    SOMEN SENGUPTA

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    Inspired me to look at my city differently

    This book is an excellent combination of a travelogue and the history of Delhi. It is obvious that WD is passionate about Delhi and the time he has spent here. He dives into the the gullies of Old Delhi to emerge to the roads of Lutlyens Delhi. He takes readers to the largely ignored North Delhi too. The highs and lows of his and his wife's everyday life like dealing with the landlady or the "regular" taxiwala adds a personal element to the junkets and reams of history.

    Thankfully this is n...
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    Vasudha T

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