Perpetual City: A Short Biography of Delhi
"A heartfelt love letter to Delhi that is part history, part family memoir and part indignant call to arms: Why do we tolerate the neglect of India's greatest city, asks Mala Singh. More importantly, she brilliantly shows why we should care and how we need to learn to value the nation's extraordinary capital city." - William Dalrymple
Capital to successive empires and the independent Indian republic, Delhi is finally coming into its own as the nation's first city in the twenty-first century. In so doing, it has left behind once and future contenders for the title - Bombay, Madras, Calcutta. How did this small settlement, founded in the lee of an ancient range of hills in eighth century by a Tomar Rajput chief called Suraj Pal, become one of the world's great cities, home to nearly twenty million people, witness to the rise and fall of empires and dynasts and eccentrics as magnificent and notable as the Tomar Chauhans, the Mamluks, the Khiljis, the Tughlaks, the Sayyids, the Lodis, the Mughals, the Nehrus, the Gandhis and dozens of others too numerous to count. Drawing upon her unparalleled knowledge of the city she has spent most of her life in, Malvika Singh gives us a book that reveals the pith and essence of Delhi through the memorable people who lived (and live) in it, its great buildings, its extraordinary food, its unforgettable music and the centuries of blood and history that have seeped into every square inch of its soil. Key Features: A new biography of Delhi by a major author after nearly a decade. A hard-hitting expose of the various influences coming together to destroy one of the world's greatest cities. Bound to get wide media coverage, the author will be appearing in an half-hour interview with CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar. Will be widely excerpted and reviewed by various national newspapers and magazines. Is a remarkable evocation of Delhi's history through the centuries, as well as a deeply personal account of growing up in the city's vibrant cultural scene. Malvika Singh is the author of more than a dozen books and publisher of the iconic magazine, Seminar, founded by her parents, Raj and Romesh Thapar.