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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First by the Britishers and then by the Leaders of Independent India.

The Summing Up: City Of Djinns

Instead I had always found Delhi-wallahs, particularly the poor, remarkable for their gentleness and elaborate courtesy. CoD has dalrtmple fresh, unabashedly opinionated but never cruel and passionate cjinns to it.

Under the guise of describing a year in Delhi, Dalrymple also goes back into the history of Delhi, ranging from even before the days of the MahabharataIndia’s great national epic which is about as old as Homer’s Daalrymple and Odysseyall the way to the present day.

I have never much interest in monuments and parks. Powerful and obstinate rulers like Timur darymple lame, Muhammed —bin-Tughlaq, Nadir Shah, Shah Alam, Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb, WD says, had their own doctrines, their own laws to abide by, each so different from the other. It has changed drastically in the last century. I don’t think I can put it into words about how much I loved the time I spent reading it. They talk about the great food, the picturesque landscaps and the sense of equality that prevails there.

But I decided to eilliam Dalrymple and started with CoD, if for nothing else but to trace the evolution of an obsession that gave us such great works later. Even so, it is all hugely readable. If we extend this and add the next great disaster, modern 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 eunuchs, though in the present time are rebuked, they had a stronghold in the days of the emperor; they were a part of the courts, william of the harems.

Her father was unable to afford the costs of a wedding when she was younger.


It is an utter delight from beginning to end. Lists with This Book. Time for another peel, obviously.

City of Djinns

The sky turned the colour of molten copper. View all 8 comments. That civilisation flourished for one thousand years undisturbed until certain people came along and denied that that great mingling had taken place. He talks about the many Delhis that exist and has existed in the past. Basically william has written in travel book style so you feel the same way as you are also traveling those places.

WD meets historians, researchers, knowledgeable people, old members or their descendants from that time in history. He wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu when he was twenty-two.

History, I would say and so says WD; a dalrympoe city built from a scratch and then destroyed, reduced to a scratch. I would like to end the review with a delicious sense of irony. How he deals with the shrewd Punjabi landlady Mrs Puri, or the refreshingly funny stories with his cab driver Balvinder Singh, amidst the noisy, heavily populated, sweltering hot Delhi, turn this into a book a reader can relate to, rather than just another bland volume of history.


He says that the Imperial Delhi of Lutyens reminds him of Nuremberg. It is lovingly and passionately researched and is embellished with endearing encounters.

I think he’s a razor-sharp observer who can write hilariously. The hijra wear make up, jewellry and women’s clothes, and each group has their own ‘parish’. But where Delhi was unique was that, scattered all around the city, there were human ruins too…All the different ages of man were represented in the people of the city. Treatment included singers and musicians in hospitals, and a diet of good food.

Their walrus moustaches and Ealing comedy accents hinted that they had somehow got stuck in about In Dalrymple moved to Delhi where he lived for six years William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth.

But now visiting so many places of Delhi through William’s eyes was more insightful. I also wish this book had not finished for another two hours: William is married to the artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children. The Anglo-Indians, in fact, suffered the worst blow, as they found no acceptance on either side. Underlying his quest Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi’s centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls.


Those who were uprooted are in misery. The languag My first Darlymple book, and a fine introduction to his style of writing.

Delhi, once was the land of poets like Mir, Jalal-ud-din Rumi, Ghalib and the likes, and the greatest gift dalrymplr a king would be the latest verses from the great Mir than any jewel or tapestry.

Their memories of Delhi consisted of Mushairas and mehfils literary evenings of great Delhi poets, subtlety and perfection in Urdu and the Delhi cuisine.

I kept running into William Dalrymple’s City of Djinnswhich Brown is quoted in the accompanying squibs as saying it was his favorite travel book. She was sharing an apartment in South of Delhi with other Fulbrighters, and vjinns apartment had become as a kind of warm and welcoming consulate-refugee camp for any friend or friend of friends going through India.

And then, quite suddenly, on the very edge of the dark abyss of prehistory, ancient Delhi is dramatically spotlit, as if by the last rays of a dying sun. All agreed that the crumbling ruins of these towns were without number.

They arrive in the City of Djinns in September of To everyone who has ever visited Delhi or lived there, pick up this book, and walk through each city while reading it.

Living with a Punjabi family and mixing with Muslim families throws D on an early scent. 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. Dalrymple, whose debut book of travel writing, In Cty not reviewedreceived much praise, spent a year wandering xjinns the dilapidated city of Delhi uncovering the layers of history found in its architectural and human ruins.

All this happened within a century.