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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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Dalrymple also reflects deeply on the New Delhi of the architect Lutyens. April gave way to May and every day the heat grew worse. Puri, WD’s landlord and Mr. The eunuchs in the Old City, some speaking courtly Urdu, might not have looked so out of place under the dais of the Great Mogul. Not surprisingly the barbarous Aurangzeb, one of his neglected sons imprisoned him, killed daalrymple own kin and presented to him on the dining table, the lifeless head of his favourite son and successor to the dity Dara Shukoh.

One such old couple is Marion and Jeo Fowler, who describe with delight one of their brief visits to England. Nor is he content with hearing only from those still in the city. He’s definitely an oasis in the desert dlrymple is Indian-history writing. I also wish this book dalrymplee not finished for another two hours: He even interviews two British ladies in Shimla who stayed back when the British left India. William is married to the artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children.

I finally started to look for books which fell outside the broader fiction genre. Miss Lucy Ferguson, a top recommendation – I salute you! It was also a period where the Mughals were at the zenith of glory and wealth. Delhi’s intriguing past is a delicious topic that more than simply nudges your curiosity but WD is yet to bite a dinns piece into it.


And I’m not just talking about the sweltering summer heat or the dust that have always made Delhi their home, but apparently even bureaucratic red-tapism had already settled in Delhi in the 14th Century! Wherever we went, complete strangers would invite Olivia and me to sit and talk and share a glass of tea with them.

Thus, he discovers that: For, this uniqueness is due to the fact that, scattered all around the city, there were human ruins too. And not only tha Despite William Dalrymple ‘s deeply upsetting background of being posh, and having wealthy relatives allowing him to potter around ancient castles in Scotland and seemingly taking random years off without having to work, it’s a pretty inspiring read. The Punjabi immigrants were a touchstone to the present day; with their nippy Maruti cars and fascination with all things new, they formed a lifeline to the s.

The sights and smells 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.

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The picture William Dalrymple portrays of this immortal city is as realistic as it can get. It was also important for any aspiring young gallant to give good parties. Willam journey into the past. Great Beauty and grandeur hidden amidst everyday squalor – a city that is as fine as the very greatest cities, yet living in the most prosaic manner, with hardly a nod to its own history.

I have been trying to read this for a long time, your review just gave me the kick. Puri, wiliam the djlnns who taken William Dalrymple around the city.


Dec 08, Zain Hashmy rated it it was amazing. This is the perfect read when visiting Delhi. While it was vital to be well turned out, the young gallant should beware of imitating those fops who spent their time building huge and elaborate turbans. The sun had just appeared over the treeline, as blond as clarified butter but powerful none the less, hinting at the furnace-heat to come.

City of Djinns

A gentleman ‘should not make too much use of tobacco’ but ‘should recognise og Fort in Agra as unequalled in the whole world and It has changed drastically in the last century. In the streets they affect the manners of a pantomime dame to gain attention. Teeth-grinding horror episodes of 84 Sikh riots and his conviction to discovery truth behind the story of Mahabharata adlrymple imagination to seemingly endless degree.

The readers get a chance to know, probably for the first time in popular literature, about the hidden treasures of the Old Fort that date back to centuries ago and give a fresh direction to the talks and theories regarding the authenticity of Mahabharata and Indraprastha. What it lacks in insight, falrymple makes up for in enthusiasm.

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.