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DELHI BY HEART (English, Paperback, Rumi, Raza)

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DELHI BY HEART  (English, Paperback, Rumi, Raza)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Genre: History
  • ISBN: 9789350294185, 9350294184
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A sensitively written account of a Pakistani writer's discovery of Delhi

Why, asks Raza Rumi, does the capital of another country feel like home? How is it that a man from Pakistan can cross the border into 'hostile' territory and yet not feel  'foreign'? Is it the geography, the architecture, the food? Or is it the streets, the festivals and the colours of the subcontinent, so familiar and yes, beloved...

As he takes in the sights, from the Sufi shrines in the south to the markets of Old Delhi, from Lutyens' stately mansions to Ghalib's crumbling abode, Raza uncovers the many layers of the city. He connects with the richness of the Urdu language, observes the syncretic evolution of mystical Islam in India and its deep connections with Hindustani classical music – so much a part of his own selfhood. And every so often, he returns to the refuge of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the twelfth-century pir, whose dargah still reverberates with music and prayer every evening.

His wanderings through Delhi lead Raza back in time to recollections of a long-forgotten Hindu ancestry and to comparisons with his own city of Lahore – in many ways a mirror image of Delhi. They also lead to reflections on the nature of the modern city, the inherent conflict between the native and the immigrant and, inevitably, to an inquiry into his own identity as a South Asian Muslim.

Rich with history and anecdote, and conversations with Dilliwalas known and unknown,Delhi By Heart offers an unusual perspective and unexpected insights into the political and cultural capital of India.

About the Author
Raza Rumi is an international development professional based in Lahore. He has worked for national and international organizations such as the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank. He also edits and writes for the Friday Times and contributes to leading national dailies in Pakistan and abroad. He blogs at Jahane Rumi, a website devoted to Sufism and the arts and cultures of South Asia.

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'How rich was my Delhi' a sensitive portrayal of the city and its past. Must read

My family migrated from West Punjab in 1947, therefore the only stories about Delhi I grew up listening to were from the tales of partition and how refugees settled in camps and colonies, how Lajpat Nagar has changed from single room allotments to its current nouveau rich status and so on.. I think even today Lahore is discussed more often than Delhi by the Punjabi elders.

The little we learnt in school was about the Lodhi's, Qutub Minar and the Humayuns tomb, no one told me about the rich s...
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Kabir Pandit

Jun, 2013

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Another fabulous book on Delhi

When you come across a book which has 3 subjects that you are most passionate about “Delhi, Sufism and Food”, you have to stop everything you are doing and just read. Raza Rumi’s “Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveller” is that sort of a book. The shared history, culture and food between Pakistan and India have been beautifully revived by Raza. He laments about the fact that as a country both India and Pakistan have not cared for our history and culture. As he takes us through t...
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justagirlfromaamchimumbai

Oct, 2015

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Beautiful, personal and poignant

This book brought back memories of those lazy afternoons with my grand father where he would reminisce about Peshawar and the near perfect life on Arbab road, surrounded by family and friends....the journey to the other side and the slow and painful realization that there was no turning back......"these bloodshot eyes bear testimony that many a tear you did shed, and so did we"..the book made me feel the pain of being displaced and I guess our callous attitude and indifference toward our hist...
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Jul, 2013

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Best in the market!

Loved the book. Must read for delhi lovers
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