ISBN 9789381398784,Delhi : Pages from a Forgotten History

Delhi : Pages from a Forgotten History


Arthur Dudney


Hay House



Hay House

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9789381398784

ISBN-10 938139878X

Paper Back

Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)

History of religion

Find the past of Indias capital through Literary culture. We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring, will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time - Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot. The mega city that is todays Delhi is built upon thick layers of history. For a millennium, Delhi has been at the crossroads of trade, culture and politics. The stories of its buildings and great historical personalities have been told many times, but this book approaches the past of Indias capital through its literary culture. By focusing on writers and thinkers, we meet a colorful cast of characters only glancingly mentioned in political histories. Many Delhiites are surprised to learn that the language of their citys cultural heyday was Persian. Despite first being brought to India by invaders, it eventually became an authentically Indian language used in both administration and literature. Although it was cultivated by an elite, it was also a widely available language of aspiration and opportunity, like English today. It connected India to the wider world and the Indian Subcontinent, particularly Delhi, was once a place where talented poets and scholars from the whole Persian cultural world from Turkey to eastern China came to make their fortunes. Its traces remain everywhere but Persian is effectively a dead language in India today.