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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The Tugluck sultans supported free Unani medicine in the city. He has done this much better in his more recent books. View all 22 comments. Somehow different areas of Delhi seemed to have preserved intact different wipliam, even different millennia.

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Underlying his quest Lf 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. While WD is yet to achieve the refined writing he does in his later books, he is clearly on the way.

Sometimes you envy him like how interesting is all this work. Our people are looking to the future only. I also wish this book had not finished for another two hours: With his valrymple, Olivia Fraser whose pen-and-ink illustrations help the book alongDalrymple finds a Delhi that is still trying to overcome the traumas of British colonialism and the partition ofin dalrymole most Muslims migrated from India to the newly created Pakistan and many Hindus, expelled from the Punjab, fled to Delhi, creating a new, less sophisticated class of resident.


But things could be taken to excess. But I decided to humor Dalrymple and started with CoD, if for nothing else but to trace the evolution of an obsession that ciy us such great works later.

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple

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. I am not man or woman.

Minds set in different fity walked the same pavements, drank the same water, returned to the same dust. View all 7 comments.

City of Djinns

I read it while visiting a friend who was also spending one year in India as a Fulbright scholar. Great review and blog too! William Dalrymple has made an interesting attempt at unravelling dalrykple history of this age-old city. My first Dalrymple and definitely not my last.

It is an utter delight from beginning to end. Now I am a hijra. 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’ He had not fully mastered his art and the book at times feels disorganized and unbalanced. He’s definitely an oasis in the desert that is Indian-history writing. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Authoritarian regimes tend to leave the most solid souvenirs; art has a strange way of thriving under autocracy. There is a hint of regret at not being able to live in a place they believe to be their right. Judiciously parceling out strands of Indian history, Dalrymple shows that the unique Delhi ways have always been able to withstand the worst of wars and other calamities.


The language is top notch, albeit a tad bit too formal at times. The next step was to go even further back. They pinch men’s buttocks, purposely make buffoons of themselves, but are quick to take offence. Anyway, I started The Last Mughal and Dalrymple kept talking to me as if we were in the middle of a conversation. Based upon the letters that they wrote back home, various British civil servants like Metcalf, Lutyens, Fraser, have been pictured and their distinct approaches towards India and Indians has been well illustrated.

Naipaul “In Delhi, right of way belongs to the driver of the largest vehicle”, shows he wrote the book with exceptional observation. Written by a Brit, this book is the result of a one year stay in Delhi.

April gave way to May and every day the heat grew worse. At the Nizam-ud-din mosque, a place thronged by both the rich and the poor, wi,liam saints tell WD about the Djinns, their existence since God created man, how they can be captured and used. Very nice n can b grasped easily