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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The picture W When I was first told of this book, I was skeptical about reading it, as nonfiction is a genre which I had a completely irrational dislike for.

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

The Puris are the first of many vividly drawn characters who inhabit this city of djinns. Here’s hoping that the latter half would live upto expectations!

Delhi is lucky to have William Dalrymple as a chronicler — not many cities get such exemplary treatment as this. You can go and possibly order them about for eilliam bit, perhaps introduce some new ideas, build a few good buildings, but then in the end you must go away and die in Cheltenham. By the fourteenth century Delhi doctors had sub-classified many thousands of different pulse types, which the named after the movements of different animals.

Partition in particular emerges as the event that underlies almost everything about modern Delhi. City of Djinns was written almost a decade before White My first experience of reading a William Dalrymple was with White Mughals when I was in class nine.

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Especiallymeeting with descendants of the historical figures and their reaction about different issues was the most thought provoking part. The focus is predominantly on the Mughal era which seems to be the author’s forte as he tries to recapture and revisit the former glory or atleast what little remains of it. May wilpiam, Pushkar Srigyan rated it liked dalrymplr.

The City of Djinns trawls through time, peeling away layer by layer the ciity that is Delhi. With little possibility of much fulfilment in this world, they look to the next; they are forever visiting temples and mosques 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.


What it lacks in insight, it makes up for in enthusiasm. If you ever happen to visit the city, williqm on the ramparts of a fort or marvelling the intricate designs of a palace, or being blessed by the saints in one of the mosques, the djinns will most definitely bring to life snippets from this book.

Except for eulogies, not much is known of the leaders such djinbs Prithviraj Chauhan. Perhaps, the incestuous advances of Emperor Shah Jahan towards his daughter Jahanara could have been hinted at in our text books! Djins English spoken in India is its own animal, with all kinds of strange and unusual pleasures awaiting those who are unfamiliar with it. The scope of the book is in 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.

Yet, the author observes that this outward refinement in art and etiquette was a cover for some of the most crude and heinous of crimes committed.

What’s so weird, aside from his alleged expertise, is that he shows up on camera seated in a lotus position, with bare feet, answering in a candence so Indian I had to be certain it was him doing the talking. Anyway, I started The Last Mughal and Dalrymple kept talking to me as if we were in the middle of a conversation.

Brown was only half right.

The Summing Up: City Of Djinns

But he wouldn’t set foot in Delhi even when he accidentally lands in Delhi airport. Two dates recur with especial frequency.

I wonder how the readers at the time greeted this book that makes not much of an effort towards being a travel chronicle and is quite blatantly an exercise in curiosity. In the past, they used to be castrated men, but today, in India, these people are usually transexuals I think in this instance men who want to be womenor djjinns people born without any sexual distinction.

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This is at once a travel book, a book on Delhi’s history, the diary of an young, erudite man as well as an account of a pilgrimage. Daldymple gives and unbiased view of Delhi, what she was, is and has always been.

His Ambassador is his chariot, his klaxon his sword.


There has never been a more vivid and beautiful description of this city, qilliam so much research and with such accuracy. Thanks for telling us about the problem. WD talks of the mammoth structures the city hosts, their comparison to facades in the west, their historical bearing and the neglected state that they are in today.

She made it very hard for us. It was also important for any aspiring young gallant to give good parties. The book covers an amazing spectrum though, and of course different bits of it will appeal more or vity to different people. She never liked Anglo-Indians.

India is a developing country. Secondly, Dalrymple has made serious efforts to unearth the city’s past starting from the first inhabitants of the city to the post-independence era. Whether it’s his domineering landlady or impetuous taxi driver or lonesome remnants of the British Raj or the secretive fakirs and eunuchs of hidden parts of Delhi – he maintains a pleasantly non-judgmental attitude while interacting with them. Towards this end the mirza should make a point of smoking scented tobacco blended with hashish; precious gems – emeralds and pearls – should be ostentatiously crushed into his wine Teeth-grinding horror episodes of 84 Sikh riots and his conviction to discovery truth behind the story of Mahabharata capture imagination to seemingly endless degree.

Indeed, all the of the people he encounters seem like stage characters. The story of Delhi is incomplete without the mention of three important entities; the Moghuls, the Britishers and the bloody partition.

As Mr Prashad explained when we were leaving: