City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Indraprastha is the Hindu name for the first, mythical Delhi. In this book the author peels back the successive encrusting layers of Delhi's history, using both the material and the human remains of each period as a touchstone with the present. With each of the six cities of Delhi being revealed in respective chapters, the climax, the final chapter, tells of the mythical first city, whose beginnings, told in the Mahamarata, form the principle Hindu creation myth.
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I like how this book is written by someone just moving to India and living their for the first time from their perspective which is invaluable view of India. I enjoyed his wife's illustrations just as much as the prose.
Review: City of Djinns: A Year in DelhiUser Review - Clayton Sillsworth - Goodreads
Dalrymple is a great writer. This book is near flawless look into Delhi life and culture. The history, like everything else, was explained in fantastic detail. Great stuff. Read full review