City of Djinns

William Dalrymple

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City of Djinns: A Year In Delhi by William Dalrymple is the author's second book. The book is a travelogue but it has been written more like a novel. It is interspersed with stories and anecdotes from the six years the author spent in Delhi with his wife.

 The stories revolve around their interactions with the various people in the city, like the customs officials, their cleaning lady, their Sikh landlady and taxi drivers. The presentation of these stories elucidates why the author calls Delhi a bottomless sea of stories.

The composition of City of Djinns: A Year In Delhi is unique. The history of the city has been documented backwards. Starting from 1984 riots, William Dalrymple works his way backward to the partition problems in 1947, the mutiny against the British Raj in 1857 and eventually to Indraprastha and the Pandavas.

Not just a humorous account of his life in Delhi, City of Djinns: A Year In Delhi is a record of the author's efforts to explore the city's mysterious past. He records facets of the city that have been hidden for so long that even the residents have forgotten about them. The book gives a new lease of life to the famous historical structures of Delhi, like the Red Fort and the Parliament buildings.

Published by Penguin India in 2004, the book is available in paperback.

Key Features:

  • The book has been adapted into a play by Rahul Dasinnur Pulkeshi of Dream Theatre.
  • It has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book award and its author won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award.
Language English
ISBN-10 014303106-6
No of pages 350
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Book Publisher Penguin Books
Published Date 22 Jan 2004

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Author : William Dalrymple

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