- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 2013 edition (March 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9350294184
- ISBN-13: 978-9350294185
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Raza Rumi is an international development professional based in Lahore. He has worked for national and international organizations such as the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank. He also edits and writes for the Friday Times and contributes to leading national dailies in Pakistan and abroad. He blogs at Jahane Rumi, a website devoted to Sufism and the arts and cultures of South Asia.
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The book is highly recommended to anyone interested to visiting India or exploring its history. The only flaw I could find is that the book lacks an index.
Part travelogue, part autobiography and part Delhi's sometimes brilliant and amazing history and sometimes its violent, blood-curdling history written by Raza Rumi-. He is a journalist, a TV commentator and an ex-Government officer who hails from Lahore and traveled to Delhi several times despite some vexing visa issues. He has some very well-connected friends of multiple religious persuasions in Delhi and has journeyed across the length and breadth of this mammoth metropolis. The number of people he has met and has befriended in Delhi is truly impressive. He met and spent time with the iconic late Khushwant Singh and late Qurratulain Haider.—both literary icons of the Indian subcontinent. Sadia Dehlvi is his remarkable host who introduces him to many prominent Delhiites and accompanies him to the dargah of Nizamuddin Aulia and Amir Khusrau. Birth and propagation of Urdu is described with tremendous nostalgia as is the significant and progressive abandonment of this beautiful language ( which is considered a “Muslim and Pakistani language”) in favor of Hindi. He visits the historical monuments—Red Fort, Humayun’s tomb, Qutb Minar and countless others, Ghalib has his own chapter with his many quoted shairs and his brief,Indian sad biography. 1857 mutiny is narrated as a watershed moments when precipitous decline in the status of Muslims commenced.
The book provides exhaustive notes and information about ancillary books about Delhi, including. William Dalrymple’s books “Last Mughal” and City of Djinn”, Khushwant iSngh’s “Delhi-a novel” and numerous others. Culinary delights of Delhi, particularly naan, kabob, chaat , biryani and mutton keema --- all of which originated in Delhi, are described with mouth-watering narration.
I was riveted by the book, enjoyed reading it immensely and highly recommend it. I would have liked Urdu transliterations of shairs in addition to the translations and would have greatly appreciated inclusions of pictures of Delhi. This however does not detract from this book’s tremendous value. It was a delight to meet Raza Rumi in Louisville on his recent book tour. I am a fan!