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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In particular his long, delicate attempts to get first-hand interviews and experience with Delhi’s hijra community — representing a kind of fusion of transgender identity with India’s eunuch tradition — are amazing, and result in some remarkable testimony from within a very closed and secretive subculture. Having your own original opinions was clearly a major flaw in a mirza and, just to be on the safe side, the Mirza Nama offers a few acceptable opinions for the young gentleman to learn by heart and adopt as his own.

It is most fascinating when Dalrymple describes an ancient monument or place and then visits it in person to observe what it looks like.

If willism extend this and add the next great disaster, djinjs Delhi would appear to take shape, even though D does this in reverse, it is easy for the reader to do the mental jugglery. The result is a very dynamic printed language subject djinnz a lot of rapid tonal shifts which make it especially prone to bathos and other register-clashing effects.

There was no relief except to shower with bottles of cold water from Mrs Puri’s fridge A journey into the past. One day everyone was laughing and singing in the Delhi gardens, covering each other with pink powder and coloured Holi-water; the next they had imprisoned themselves in the silent air-conditioned purdah of their bedrooms and offices, waiting patiently for the reprieve of evening.


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.

First by the Britishers and then by the Leaders of Independent Dalrympple. Content rating PG for occasional gruesome, gritty details, comments on Delhi’s red light districts and a section on the hijra transgender community.

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A simple technique off transposition of place and time – Dalrymple first talks of a place that he himself is visiting and then effortlessly takes us back centuries to show what momentous events were transpiring in that same now innocuous piece of land… exposing the grand history in which daily life of great cities are lived. I read it while visiting a friend who was also sp This is the perfect read when visiting Delhi. All agreed that the crumbling ruins of these towns were without number.

I then picked up White Mughals xity, flipped it around and got the mistaken impression that it must have been set after The Last Mughal.


Husband and wife have never met one another willliam do not do so until towards the end of the wedding ceremony. I was dosed with opium and a string was tied around my equipment. Now I am a hijra. Even so, it is all hugely readable. During Eid, Major Uncle would come with us to the mosque, and during Diwali, I would stand while the aarti was carried out by Kavita Aunty.

The author did a really good job giving an in depth analysis of the book, but I constantly found myself falling asleep while reading it. D then embarks on an archeological survey into ancient Delhi of lore – to the Mahabharatha and beyond, right to the Vedic origins of the civilization on the banks of the Yamuna – that is interesting by itself but adds precious little to the illumination of present Delhi.


She in in her early forties.

I think I even preferred it to Peter Ackroyd’s London: The first was when I was 15, and even then, I found it to be an interesting book. 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. Is D a travel writer or a new breed altogether?

Delhi is a city haunted by djinns. William Dalrymple’s City of Djinns: Indeed, all the of the people he encounters seem like stage characters. The author creates a beautiful tapestry of stories, places and events, which when juxtaposed with the present creates an exquisite narration. Dalrymple also reflects deeply on the New Delhi of the architect Lutyens. Anyway, I started The Last Mughal and Dalrymple kept talking to me as if we were in the middle of a conversation. Puri, to the driver who taken William Dalrymple around the city.

Partition in particular emerges as the event that underlies almost everything about modern Delhi. Dalrymple does not duck this one either. Such high hopes dashed again.

Time for another peel, obviously.