Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Brajesh's Review: City of Djinns

Another typical Dalrymple, outlining Delhi's history from Mahabharat to Lutyen's period is a must read for every Delhi resident (even if you are there for a month). The diary style writing of his first 12 months in Delhi provides a beautiful canvas to draw the nuances of Delhi's complex history. His wife Olivia's sketches add crunch to the book in a subtle and beautiful manner. The book has now prompted me to buy "Twilight in Delhi" by Ahmed Ali, the book Dalrymple believes to be the best portrayal of the period between Nader Shah's Delhi raids to 1857's siege.

Rating:  3.5/5

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