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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Thus, he discovers that: Among flowers and trees he should daleymple the narcissus, the violet and the orange He presents excerpts of various journals, historical documents also. In the end there was a great big flurry of loose pages, and a big chunk fell out.


It does provide a keen dakrymple relatively unbiased view on how things are, away from traces of jingoism or reveling in the past. There is a lot of imagery associated with the way he describes the architecture and it requires an active imagination, or a trip to the places, to truly imbibe it.

City of Djinns rjinns written almost a decade before White Mughals. It was a style most unbecoming for a lady of her age and lineage; moreover it jarred with everything one knew about her sophistication and culture. He asserts early in the book: Jun 14, Shadin Pranto rated it liked it.

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

The brutalities of Mohammed-bin-Tughlak, the massacres in Delhi at the hands of Nadir Shah and Mohammed Ghori and the unjust rule of Aurangzeb have been spelt out in detail in the book. The author spends a whole year in Delhi in and researches for four more years to produce this gem of a book. He takes us, in an affable style, through the dalyrmple city djknns introduces us to the frugal Punjabi people who now make up the majority of the population, as well as to the remnants of the old colonialists, and then to the fascinating ways of people of the underbelly–the sad, regimented lives of contemporary eunuchs, the tenacity of the squatters, and the timeless world of the many religions that have quietly coexisted for centuries in the chaotic warrens cith the indestructible city.


View all 51 comments. Overall, a really good book. Dalrymple’s love and understanding of the city is clearly visible through the myriad stories woven together seamlessly into the narration.

The entire endeavour brims with passion, and equally impressive is the maturity and restraint that Dalrymple brings to his excellent writing. Subjects studied included Muslim jurisprudence and Quranic studies, and probably astronomy and medicine too.

I wonder how the readers at the time greeted this wiliam that dalgymple not much of an effort towards being a travel chronicle and is quite blatantly an exercise in curiosity. Literary accomplishment was to be valued There was no relief except to shower with bottles of cold water from Mrs Puri’s fridge This definitely was a 5 star read for me and I know this is one book I won’t mind rereading again and again.

I don’t think I can put it into words about how much I loved the time I spent reading it. City of Djinns 1 6 Ot 04, I would like to end the review with a delicious sense of irony.

A brisk and breezy Dalrymple is on display instead of the magisterial one we have come to expect. This is a marvelous work to luxuriate over and enjoy at a slow pace.

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.

CITY OF DJINNS by William Dalrymple | Kirkus Reviews

But he wouldn’t set foot in Delhi even when he accidentally lands in Delhi airport. He lives no stone unturned in uncovering Delhi. For, this uniqueness is due to the fact that, scattered all around the city, there were human ruins too. All in all, the book is superficial and trivial, with a bizarre and badly explicated focus on the geography of ancient sites which is only slightly ameliorated by his wife’s illustrator-quality drawings.

See comment 14 for more info. William Dalrymple has made an interesting attempt at unravelling the history of this age-old city. It was also important for any aspiring young gallant to give good parties.


We also get to read about the indomitable Mrs.

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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. He had not fully mastered his art and the book at times feels disorganized and unbalanced. I read it while visiting a friend who dalrympl also spending one year in India as a Fulbright scholar.

I was pulled into this book instantly and abandoned all my other “current-reads” for the time being.

You pass through a great arch and find yourself in a rubble-filled car-park where once irrigation runnels bubbled. Dalrymple, whose debut book of travel writing, In Xanadu not reviewedreceived much praise, spent a year wandering around the dilapidated city of Delhi uncovering the layers of history djijns in its architectural and human ruins. It took me a long time getting around to finishing it.

Not only it’s about buildings and monuments, it’s about people too. Especiallymeeting with descendants of the historical figures and their reaction about different issues was the most thought provoking part. Instead I had always found Delhi-wallahs, particularly the poor, remarkable for their gentleness and elaborate courtesy.

At one point, he beautifully concludes a discussion on how the architecturally exquisite constructions willia, British time, are also tragic reminders of Lutyen’s condescension and his broad dislike for everything Indian At the Nizam-ud-din mosque, a place thronged by both the rich and the poor, the saints tell WD about the Djinns, their existence since God created man, how they can be captured and used.

They imbibed the Orient culture, married Indian women