The city of Delhi has always caught an attention of many. Capital of India now, it was also the capital of Pandhavs, Lodis, and of Mughals. Delhi is multi-cultural city with one side with historical ruins and other side with modern malls. One side of the city which is home for politicians and diplomats and other side hosts slums and rural migrants. Here are some books which brings Delhi close to us:
1. City of Djjins
William Dalrymple explores the lanes of the purani Dilli, the ruins of forts & tombs and gives an excellent book to us. From the Mughal architecture to gharagnna culture, William brings us closer to the Delhi’s past and present. The book also won him the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. Also by the same author on Delhi , The Last Mughal
2. The White Tiger
The Delhi in the white tiger is a confused city. While a part of city is chanting the slogan of India Shining, the other part is still coming in terms with urban life. He shows the difference between 2 India, a shining India, represented by the master living in one of the skyscraper and his driver representing darkness.
3. Delhi by Khushwant Singh
Confession time. When I read Delhi by Khushwant Singh, I didnt enjoy it much. I was in college, my first year in Delhi and I wanted to read something about the city. But this book was strange, I think so little blizzard for younger me. However, some details in the book were truly eye opening. This book also introduced me to Indian Coffee House, which was a good take away from the book.
4. 5 Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat
Finally Chetan Bhagat gets a mention in my blog and not with a jibe. Contrary to his own falling standard, Five point Someone is a decent read. The book takes us to the tour of IIT Campus of Delhi and if you have been around that part of city, you will relate with the book.
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