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[Group Reads] [Group Reads] [Discussion] ◆ January 2019 - City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple ◆

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Post time: 6-1-2019 15:17:33
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Edited by cynic at 6-1-2019 03:18 PM




The votes for the first group read of 2019, from the Nonfiction / Biographies Genre are in and City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple has been chosen as the Group Read of the month.



City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple and Olivia Fraser

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. With refreshingly open-minded curiosity, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" cities of Delhi as well as the eighth city-today's Delhi. Underlying his quest is the legend of the djinns, fire-formed spirits that are said to assure the city's Phoenix-like regeneration no matter how many times it is destroyed. Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure.

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Post time: 8-1-2019 12:55:37
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Interesting pick. For a long, I have been wanting to start reading William D. Lets see. Have already eyed this one in past.
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Post time: Yesterday 12:28 PM
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I had read this book long time ago but its still fresh in my mind. Set up in 80s and early 90s Delhi it throws up a different picture of Delhi the city from what people are used to seeing. It is one of the most piognant book i Have read so far for the city I live in and I totally loved it. The way author portrays each character is markedly different from many other travel writers I have come across. He paints a moving picture of a city burning under June sun, covered in soot from fires to warm in freezing winters, a city burning after a political assasination turned people against a specific community, a city struggling under the onslaught of modernity while trying to retain its old world charm, a city founded and routed 7 times, a city of chaotic closeness of Old Delhi to brilliantly planned Lutyens zone and a home to one of the most cosmopolitan population and amalgamation of vastly different cultures.A brilliantly written work...
The only other book I feel is equally good is Khushwant Singh's work called Delhi a novel....

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Post time: Yesterday 08:03 PM
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divey 15-1-2019 12:28 PM
I had read this book long time ago but its still fresh in my mind. Set up in 80s and early 90s Delhi ...

Nearing the end now.

BTW have you read Rana Dasgupta's books on Delhi? 1) Capital - A Portrait of 21st Century Delhi & 2) Capital - The Eruption of Delhi. I haven't read them but I heard it mentioned by a friend that it forms a good read along with City of Djinns
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jhsurti 15-1-2019 08:03 PM
Nearing the end now.

BTW have you read Rana Dasgupta's books on Delhi? 1) Capital - A Portrait of ...

I had read the first one Capital a Portrait, but somehow didnt find it as good as City of Djinns. I believe William Dalrymple lends an outsider's point of view to seeing things which really helps in forming a non biased view of the city.
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