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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CITY OF DJINNS by William Dalrymple | Kirkus Reviews

The young gallant should never ever be seen walking on foot, and should at all times carry funds enough ‘for the expenses of a palanquin’ which he should regard as ‘the best of all conveyances’ In the streets hijras are jeered at and sometimes pelted with rubbish.

He had not fully mastered his art and the book at times feels disorganized and unbalanced. On the complete djinnss of the mighty past, of the structures, of traditions, etc.

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The Summing Up: City Of Djinns

Dalrymple befriends a hijra group in Delhi, and gives us some fascinating insights into this small but interesting group of people. WD talks of the mammoth structures the city hosts, their comparison to facades in the west, their historical bearing and the neglected state that they are in today.


This gives and unbiased view of Delhi, what she was, is and has always been. The taking of the pulse is ccity principal tool for any Unani diagnosis. The same walls that now form the rickety paan shops and dirty godowns once supported sprawling mansions and the lovely Delhi courtyard houses known as havelis.

New Delhi was not new at all. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, willizm. I read it while visiting a friend who was also spending one year in India as a Fulbright scholar.

But he wouldn’t set foot in Delhi even when he accidentally lands in Delhi airport. The language is top notch, albeit a tad bit too formal at times.

Oct 20, gurpreet kaur rated it it was amazing. A gentleman ‘should not make too much use dalrymplw tobacco’ but ‘should recognise the Fort in Agra as unequalled in the whole world and But having come this far, D could not stop.

City of Djinns

Not only it’s about buildings and monuments, it’s about people too. Minds set in different ages walked the same pavements, drank the same water, returned to the same dust.

Delhi, it seemed at first, was full of riches and horror, it was a labyrinth, a city of palaces, an open gutter Brown was only half right. I have visited few monuments but i never felt anything great about them. Noon came like a white midnight: A brisk and breezy Dalrymple is on display instead of the magisterial one we have come to expect. I remember missing my stop. The City of Djinns trawls through time, peeling away layer by layer the city that is Delhi.

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Having breasts like mangoes”, Second rate filthy expression of Mr Singh his driverreflects his playfulness William Dalrymple is the best travel writer only exception is V. Only the odd arcade of pillars or a half-buried fragment of finely-carved late Mughal ornament indicates what djinnns existed here.

The groom is quite a bit younger than the bride. May 11, Pushkar Srigyan rated it liked it.

The Fall of a Dynasty: Loved the way Delhi has been depicted through it’s long history backwards. It is also full of touching examples of everyday life – as Dalrymple explores with a kindly eye, the nooks and crannies of Delhi and its people. WD even makes trips to Karachi, Shimla, Ajmer and even the Deccan fastness dalrtmple Daulatabad; and writes extensively about Anglo-Indians or the British who chose to stay back after Independence and the unfortunate fog that now shrouds them.

Thus, he discovers that: You can see it for yourself: It is lovingly and passionately researched and is embellished with endearing encounters.