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Delhi: A Novel

Delhi: A Novel

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Contributor(s) Khushwant Singh
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Overview: Delhi: A Novel

Delhi is a historical novel that describes the six hundred years of Delhi. The book explains the innate beauty of the city that is masked by rough and dirty perceptions that most of the people have for Delhi. Written by Khushwant Singh, the story explores the history of Delhi and its changes over the time. The author unconventionally compares his love for Delhi with the feeling he has for a particular eunuch.

Khushwant Singh starts the book in a very erotic and uncustomary manner for his expression of his return from London to Delhi. Metaphorically, the narrator addresses Delhi as his transgender mistress, Bhagmati, for the ugliness on the outside and the purity from the inside.
The narrator travels through time and space in order to discover and explore the beauty of his beloved-city. In his journey, he comes across people of varied characteristics, professions and reputations belonging to different time zones. These people include emperors, traitors, temptress, eunuchs, poets, saints, sultans, etc., who destroyed Delhi and whom Delhi destroyed.

As the narration goes on, the reader will realise that the blend of different lives has created a unique mystique for Delhi. The narrative has pulled out the characters with umpteen emotions that they grow immortal on the mind of the reader constructing a Delhi of its own. Smoothly but disturbingly, the story unveils whatever the city had to bear - the fall of Mughal Empire, Partition of India, assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. A story that has a magnum opus ends with the narrator watching his Sikh neighbours being burnt mercilessly by the people who are infuriated because of the Sikh guards who killed Indira Gandhi.

Khushwant Singh was one of the most prominent Indian authors whose column, "With malice towards One and All" has been the most widely-read column in the country. His humour and love for poetry are remarkable, and he incorporates them in his writings. Train to Pakistan and The Company of Women are some of his famous works. You can order online the paperback edition published by Penguin India with ISBN-10:0140126198 and ISBN-13:978-0140126198.
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date February 2, 2016
Publisher Penguin
Contributor(s) Khushwant Singh
Binding Paperback
Edition Open market ed
Page Count 392
ISBN 10 0140126198
ISBN 13 9780140126198
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 322 grams
Product Dimensions 17.8 cm x 2.5 cm x 12.7 cm
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  1.  History lesson in Kushwant Singh's unique style 23 November, 2013 On
    I had visited Delhi before I even laid my eyes on this book, but never found it interesting enough. It is only after reading this extraordinary narrative of over 600 years of Delhi history that I actually went back to Delhi and tried to explore it the way Kushwant Singh painted it in this novel.
    The story keeps moving back and forth, from the present time to a certain point in the Delhi history and back again. The main story set in the present is focused on the narrator's return to Delhi from abroad, and his unusual relationship with hijra called Bhagmati.
    Delhi is an eccentric, erotic, humorous in its own way and exciting book which no one who likes Kushwant Singh's writing style and is interested in an unusual way of learning about Delhi history will regret to read.
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