Twilight In Delhi: A Novel
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    Twilight In Delhi: A Novel  (English, Paperback, Ahmed Ali)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Rupa Publication
    • ISBN: 9788129112514, 8129112515
    • Edition: 2007
    • Pages: 304
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    Twilight In Delhi: A Novel is a book that delves deep into the Indian history and is one of the first novels that called for the liberation of India from the British rule.

    Summary Of The Book

    The novel is set in 1911, and features a merchant, Mr Nihal, who is the protagonist. Mr. Nihal recalls with amazing clarity the famous Sepoy Mutiny and the Revolt of 1857, and how cruel the British were in repressing it.

    Nihal, of an upper-class Muslim upbringing, is described in detail along with his family in Twilight In Delhi: A Novel, and mainly his youngest son, Asghar. There is much talk of how he is a wayward person, and his character is rather volatile. Asghar’s marriage is also described at length.

    Twilight In Delhi: A Novel recounts the Delhi of old with vivid imagery, evoking memories of a city steeped in old-school architecture and winding streets full of bazaars. The book effectively captures the highlights of the British rule at that point, including memorable occasions like the coronation of King George V as the official Emperor of India.

    Twilight In Delhi: A Novel is mostly written in pensive mood, with Nihal recalling a number of atrocities perpetrated by the British government. Through the characters and dialogue, Ahmed Ali subtly calls for Indian independence.

    Whether talking about the Home Rule movement or the Sepoy Mutiny, or describing the pre-independence Delhi or the idiosyncrasies of a child, Nihal’s recollections are poignant and nostalgic. Twilight In Delhi: A Novel is a tribute to India’s strength and endurance.

    About Ahmed Ali

    Ahmed Ali was a translator, poet, critic, and diplomat.

    A few of his works include Angare, Maut Se Pehle, and Hamari Gali.

    Ahmed Ali was born in Delhi in 1910. He studied in the Aligarh Muslim University and Lucknow University, completing his B.A. with a first class, and, in fact, standing first in the order of merit. He then became a professor at the Bengal Senior Educational Service, before finally becoming the Head of the English Department at the Presidency College, Calcutta. Ahmed Ali was very interested in Sufism and especially the works by the poet Ghalib. He co-founded the All-India Progressive Writers’ Movement and Association.

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      • 2007
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      • Ahmed Ali
    • Author Info
      • Novelist, critic, diplomat, scholar, Ahmed Ali was born in Delhi in 1910. He became famous in 1932 with the publication of Angaray in Urdu and co-founded the All India Progressive Writers Movement. His many works include the well known anthology of classical Urdu poetry, The Golden Tradition and Al-Qur’an, a Contemporary Translation. Ahmed expired in Karachi in 1994.
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    5

    Amazingly written

    i've just started reading this book and i'm already fallinhg in love with the way Delhi is represented here! only a rooted person can explain things like that!
    awesome way of explaining things and a perfect description of then-Delhi
    i started getting goosebumps as i kept on reading it and i just love how there is a poetic phrase (by great Delhi poets of that time!) put perfectly almost everywhere to give the reader the feel of how people felt about this place and how it tore them apart to see...
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    tanu

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    Vivid Picture of Pre-Independence Delhi

    Twilight in Delhi is a novel by Ahmed Ali set in the pre-independence era. The main protagonist is Mir Nihal, the head of the household of an upper middle class Muslim family in Delhi. The chapters paint a picture of Delhi of the time, giving a feeling that things were not hurried and moving at a sedate pace. I often felt wanting to get myself transported into that era in order to escape the hustle and bustle of today’s life.

    The story revolves around Mir Nihal’s family and Asghar, his young...
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    Danesh Zaki

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    5

    An easy and interesting read

    The book sheds light on Delhi in the early 1900s with fictional characters. This is a part of Delhi's history that has been lost but has simultaneously been preserved by this book. It would be great to visit Old Delhi while reading the book.
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    31 Jul, 2014

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    5

    Pure Delight

    Ahmad Ali was a true Dilliwalla at heart who had to find shelter in Pakistan (unwillingly till his last breath) after the partition owing to the diplomatic mess that ensured he could never return to India. A pioneer of the writing movement in pre-partition India that made Indian literature put its mark on the world map. Sadly, his beautiful writings have vanished into oblivion (read out of print).
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    Gaurav Goel

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    8 Jan, 2014

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    Good Book; Pages Missing

    The book is good. Ahmed Ali carefully and aptly describes the atmosphere of Delhi. The plot revolves around mainly Mir Nihal and his son, Asghar, with a few touches here and there.
    The only concern I bear is that of the ending. The copy I have received has no problem, except that it ends at pg.# 275, also leaving 7 pages after it blank; Just plainly blank!
    If anyone who has read the book, reads my review now, please let me know whether I have got the proper copy, or has it got some defect?
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    Taha Bin Tasneem

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    4 Jul, 2017

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    Expected a better product

    well good one ..nice work and the flow is some kind of centre of book
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    Authentic Voice from Old Delhi

    Traversing hurdles created by publishers in Britain, this book’s publication was made possible by none other than Virginia Woolf. First published in 1940, the book gained immediate prominence and acclaim in India, only to be lost and re-found in post-partition India. Set in pre-partition India, the novel conjures a magical world of Old Delhi, “delves into history, bringing the past alive; it is a moving portrayal of the slow and steady decay of an entire culture and way of life”. Enthused wit...
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    Isha Aggarwal

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    3 Jun, 2015

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    My book has pages repeating

    I am not reviewing the novel here. just the copy I have has pages repeating. It is disappointing when one reaches page 272 to see that it repeats 234 to 272! I don't expect this from a proper copy - it may be justified if I had purchased a pirated version.
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    Pia

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    27 Jan, 2014

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    Poetic record of a vanished culture..

    Regarded as one of remarkable modern Islamic literature, Ali Ahmed's Twilight in Delhi was first published in 1940, but was almost forgotten when most of the books' stock was destroyed in a fire, till it was resurrected again in 1964.. till then the book has gone ahead to claim many critical acclaims for the work that somewhat proves that it transcends the language in which it is written, in slowing down the reader's pace to narrate the minutest of rituals in Chandni Chowk of 1911, but not b...
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    Debbasish Das

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    1 Sep, 2013

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    RARE NOVEL

    Ahmed Ali has brilliantly captured the essence of prewar Delhi. The characterization, story and details are lovely. The poetic description goes well with the culture of Delhi where the greatest poets of all time, Ghalib, Zauq and Daag used to live. Not just that, the novel focuses on the most important truth of life that Empires decline, love dies, trees get cut and flowers die BUT LIFE GOES ON….

    AND THIS SHER FOR THE WRITER:

    Hazaron Saal Nargis Apni Benoori Pe Roti Hai
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    Nasheet Shadani

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    19 May, 2013

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