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City of Djinns, is a book of Delhi, on Delhi, by someone who came to Delhi and made it his own.
That's the thing about this city-it accepts you, absorbs you, assumes you. "India has always had a strange way with her conquerors. In defeat she beckons them in, then slowly seduces, assimilates and transforms them"
William darlypme, has a reputation of a historian, but this book is written such that it abandons all the tiring narration of a historical text.
At times, it seems as a conversation, like Delhi telling it's tales to an admirer of art which is this city.
Delhi is a historical city, and has been the subject of several books, dynasties, plunder and rule.
Tales receding far beyond history, deep into the cavernous chambers of myth and legend, you'll find different millennia co-existing side by side.
For those of you living in Delhi or outside who wish to know more about this beloved city,
you can read the City Of Djinns(in the picture above), Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali, City of my Heart by Rana Safvi.
Also check out the blog Hazrat-e-Dilli, by @ranasafvi
(Whom I had the pleasure to see and listen one pleasant winter night)
And follow Mayank Austin Soofi, here on Instagram @thedelhiwalla. His succinct captions are amusing.
This book was a gift. Thank you. 😊
Lastly, a trivia: the book is called a city of Djinns because Djinns loved Delhi so much they could never bear to see it empty or deserted after its numerous plunders, hence they rebuilt the city everytime.
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