City of Djinns has ratings and reviews. Warwick said: Delhi is lucky to have William Dalrymple as a chronicler – not many cities get such exemp. Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi’s centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters. May 27, Author: William Dalrymple Pages: Published in the year: Publishers: Penguin Genre: Non-fiction/ Memoir For Dalrymple, who has.

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Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Moreover – I soon discovered – possessed a bottomless seam of stories, tales receding far beyond history, deep into the cavernous chambers of myth and legend,” he says in his introduction.

Then this would not happen. Those who were uprooted are in misery. It revealed an unrepentantly superficial world where life revolved around the minutiae of outward appearances and public display.

First by the Britishers and then by the Leaders of Independent India. But of course the unbiased descriptions of incidents djinnw actual research had made this book very addictive and once you start then you also feel the same way as author feels.

But having come this far, D could not stop.

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The Fall of a Dynasty: There is a lot of imagery associated dity the way he describes the architecture and it requires an active imagination, or william trip to the places, to truly imbibe it. Brightly coloured coats, shirts and trousers should be tailored to a tight fit; and elaborately decorated scarf should encircle his waist and ddalrymple a dagger This is a marvelous work pf luxuriate over and enjoy at a slow pace.

Under the guise of describing a year in Delhi, Dalrymple also goes back into the history of Delhi, ranging from even before the days of the MahabharataIndia’s great national epic which is about as old as Homer’s Iliad and Odysseyall the way to the present day.


It’s not unusual for the Scots to begin to thin out a bit at that age. At the Nizam-ud-din mosque, a place thronged by both the rich and the poor, the saints tell WD about the Djinns, their existence since God created man, how they can be captured and used. Treatment included singers and musicians in hospitals, and a diet of good food.

Quotes from City of Djinns: Most of them consider themselves as full—blown British.

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

cjty I longed for a chronology of Indian history and the many Urdu, Persian, Arabic and Hindi terms are sometimes translated and sometimes left for us to Google or guess.

A year in Delhi is a perfect amalgamation of an informative travel guide, a beautiful retelling of the city’s history and a very personal story I’d love to live in Delhi. I actually read this page while sitting in an afternoon-long traffic jam that was nose-to-tail cars, buses, pedestrians and cattle are a reminder that is a long time ago for a city changing as fast as Delhi is.

This book teaches me how little I knew of the city and its history.

WD even makes trips to Karachi, Shimla, Ajmer and even the Deccan fastness of Daulatabad; and writes extensively about Anglo-Indians or the British who chose to stay back after Independence and the unfortunate fog that now shrouds them.

It can make a barren woman fertile, scare off malevolent djinns spiritsor nullify the evil eye. Those who love fine travel writing and appreciate religious studies should sample From the Holy Mountain: The same walls that now form the rickety paan shops and dirty godowns once supported sprawling mansions and the lovely Delhi courtyard houses known as havelis.

But I decided to humor Dalrymple and started with CoD, if for nothing else but to trace the evolution of an obsession that gave us such great works later. Reading the descriptions I felt as if I myself was the one visiting the various places and landmarks mentioned throughout the book.

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Especiallymeeting with descendants of the historical figures and their reaction about different issues was the most thought provoking part.


Its broad avenues encompassed a groaning necropolis, a daorymple of dynasties. One such old couple is Marion and Jeo Fowler, who describe with delight one of their brief visits to England. A very very good and interesting read.

The more I read, the more it became clear that the events of were the key to understanding modern Delhi. CoD has a fresh, unabashedly opinionated but wiliam cruel and passionate feel to it.

Three and a half stars. Lists with This Book. The doorbell to their apartment played both ‘Land of Hope and Glory, and the Indian national anthem.


At the still wet-behind-the-ears age of twenty-five, Dalrymple and his wife went to live in Delhi, and this amazing book is the result of his first year in the city. The sights and wiliam of streets of Delhi are described with such detail and with his supreme control over the narration the author has created a stunning and lively portrait of the soul of Delhi.

William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and dallrymple up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. It was of particular djnins to me as I lived in Delhi for five years in the mid- s. Set off in stark contrast from the bureaucratic, boring and boorish Delhi of today. The aut ‘City of Djinns: Overall, if you would like read about India, Delhi especially, you’ll have to pick up City of Djinns. Thrown out of their homes, rejected by their families, they come williqm for protection.

Trivia About City of Djinns: One can feel that the author has gone out of his way to understand the people, their perspectives, their history and its impact on them and even the mysticism associated with Delhi that seems to be slowly disappearing.

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