By Raza Rumi
A sensitively written account of a Pakistani writer's discovery of Delhi
Why, asks Raza Rumi, does the capital of one other nation consider like domestic? How is it guy from Pakistan can move the border into 'hostile' territory and but now not believe 'foreign'? Is it the geography, the structure, the nutrients? Or is it the streets, the gala's and the colors of the subcontinent, so widespread and sure, beloved...
As he is taking within the attractions, from the Sufi shrines within the south to the markets of outdated Delhi, from Lutyens' stately mansions to Ghalib's crumbling home, Raza uncovers the numerous layers of the town. He connects with the richness of the Urdu language, observes the syncretic evolution of mystical Islam in India and its deep connections with Hindustani classical song – loads part of his personal selfhood. and each so frequently, he returns to the shelter of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the twelfth-century pir, whose dargah nonetheless reverberates with song and prayer each evening.
His wanderings via Delhi lead Raza again in time to reminiscences of a long-forgotten Hindu ancestry and to comparisons along with his personal urban of Lahore – in lots of methods a replicate snapshot of Delhi. in addition they result in reflections at the nature of the fashionable urban, the inherent clash among the local and the immigrant and, necessarily, to an inquiry into his personal id as a South Asian Muslim.
Rich with heritage and anecdote, and conversations with Dilliwalas recognized and unknown,Delhi via middle bargains an strange standpoint and unforeseen insights into the political and cultural capital of India.
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