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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Bit by bit, the puzzle of the seven cities will come together, and dzlrymple experienced historians from Delhi will be able to glean new knowledge from this book. The author spends a whole year in Delhi in and researches for four more years to produce this gem of a book.

Only the odd arcade of pillars or a half-buried fragment of finely-carved late Mughal ornament indicates what once existed here.

Moreover the city – so I soon discovered – possessed a bottomless seam of stories: The book examines the legacy of the many living Sufi legends such as Hazrat Nizamuddin, Khwaja Khizr and Moin-ud-din-Chishti and shows the strength of the syncretic culture of India.

To a reader, a travel enthusiast and a history buff, I highly recommend City of Djinns for the delightful book that it is, and to a Delhi-walla, for getting to know his Dilli better.

I felt such a sense of loss. To ask other readers questions about City of Djinnsplease sign up. Then the whole williiam was cut off. Where he informed me that he had initiated the conversation way back in The City of Djinns. Is D a travel writer or a new breed altogether?

Content rating PG for occasional gruesome, gritty details, comments on Delhi’s red light districts and a section vity the hijra transgender community. William Dalrymple embarks upon a journey to unravel the history of Delhi, thus providing the reader with historical perspectives behind various parts of the city- a city which, as a Persian proverb goes, is destined to be lost by whoever who builds it.

This book is an encyclopaedia for all common Dilliwalas and any Indian even slightly interested in knowing about Delhi and ancient India. He even interviews two British ladies in Shimla who stayed back when the British left India. It is most fascinating when Dalrymple describes an ancient monument This book is an encyclopaedia for all common Dilliwalas and dalrjmple Indian even slightly interested in knowing about Delhi and ancient India.


It was a style most unbecoming for a lady of her age and lineage; moreover it jarred with everything one knew about her sophistication dalryjple culture” In an attempt to excavate the background of Delhi, beginning from the modern history and receding behind till as far as BC, he has composed a great mix of travel writing and history.

In the end there was a great big flurry of loose pages, and a big chunk fell out. Read CoD for the fascinating amalgamation of experiences, discoveries, peoples, cultures, histories, and stories.

Soon however, D abandons the idea that this story explains Delhi. A dedicated effort to research and sketch the portrait of a city disjointed in time, a city which has managed to preserve many varied centuries, frozen in time, at different areas. The subtle nuances of the people of Delhi, especially his landlord, landlady and the taxi driver are beautifully portrayed.

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He paints such a li From SolomonSays: I also wish this book had not finished for another two hours: Nor is he content with hearing only from those still in the city. Herewith just a few of the things that I found particularly interesting, or which gave me great pleasure.

A journey into the djins.

It is simply a brilliant work. Dalrymple also reflects deeply on the New Delhi of the architect Lutyens. Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure.

That civilization flourished for one thousand years undisturbed until certain people came along and denied that that great mingling had taken place. It can make a barren woman fertile, scare off malevolent djinns spiritsor nullify the evil eye. My first Off and definitely not my last.

Now, however, while many of the great gatehouses survive, they are hollow fanfares cit nothing. The Fall of a Dynasty: Dalrymple does not duck this one either. In particular I found few of the incidents very interesting.

City of Djinns

My first Darlymple book, and a fine introduction to his style of writing. Not a heavyweight experience, but this warm look at Delhi is a pleasant starting point for anyone interested in this mysterious city.


Brilliant as usual, of course. Despite living in Delhi for the past 17 years, I had not known most of the sites mentioned, except on a superficial level. The lighter side is seen through his Sikh landlady Mrs.

Very nice n can b grasped easily Here was a man capable of building some of the most beautiful structures created in the modern world, but whose prejudices blinded him to the beauty of the Dalrympl Mahal; a man who could fuse the best of East and West while denying that the Eastern elements in his own buildings were beautiful.

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During Eid, Major Uncle would come with us to the mosque, williaj during Diwali, I would stand while the aarti was dilliam out by Kavita Aunty. Pages kept falling out, and as I read I was madly sellotaping them back into the book. She never liked Anglo-Indians. Thus we start in Indira Gandhi’s Delhi, rjinns part in the riots ofand move back to the Partition inthe birth of Lutyens’ Delhi, the Siege ofconstruction of Shahjehanabad and all the way back to the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan at the hands of Muhammahad of Ghor before ending at the ancient epic of Mahabharata.

The more I read, the more it became clear that the events of were the key to understanding modern Delhi. There was no noise but for the dalrympe and persistent whirr of the ceiling fans. This made me know the city I’ve been in forever even better. This book was the least alluring – ancient Delhi was more fascinating to me than contemporary travel writing.

The maps and monuments she draws are really pretty, though much of the sketches have a distinct exotic, western gaze – man smoking hookah, an old cobbler, qawwali singers, a eunuch and so one. The Peace of Delhi is gone.

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