Writing about Delhi

I am starting this page with a short essay by Khushwant Singh, the grand old man of Delhi. This essay appears on Rediff on the Net's Travel page.

Khushwant Singh's Delhi

A Dreamer and his Dream. Another Khushwant Singh piece about Raghubir Singh, the founder of Modern School. It is included here because it conveys the flavour of Delhi in a different time by talking about one of the people who lived there. This link is on the Modern School Old Students Association page which also has a photo gallery.

A history of St Stephen's College: A reasonably comprehensive document which makes for interesting reading. This is from the St Stephen's College homepage.

Monument, by Amitabha Bagchi.

Yamuna, by Amitabha Bagchi. One of my poems which also appears on Indolink's "Classic Collection." Sorry for the shameless plugging of my own work but it will have to do till more stuff comes in.

Dimpy's Delhi Poetry Page contains a number of poems by Agha Shahid Ali and a few couplets and quotations by some of the other great poets who have lived in Delhi. This link is on the page entitled Dimpy's Taxi Service, A guide to Delhi, India.

Tripthi Pillai's Letter in which she spontaneously reacts to this site and tries to articulate her own notion of Delhi and its future.

Accursed City: Raj Chatterjee bemoans the deterioration of the city he knew in direct counterpoint to what Tripthi has to say. From the edit page of The Times of India dated July 2, 1998.

The life of Hazrat Nizamuddin Awlia on the University of Toronto's Sufi Study Circle webpage. Interesting fact: The area we now know as Nizamuddin was once the village of Ghiyaspur, a fact which seems to be lost on contemporary cartographers.

Amir Khusro Dehlavi website maintained by Yousuf Saeed. The poet of Delhi, according to Mr Saeed.

And moving down the same lines: Ghalib.

I came across a review of Indian Summer: Lutyens, Baker and Imperial Delhi by Robert Grant Irving which is a fascinating account of the birth of Imperial Delhi. The review is on the New York Times website.

Maj (Retd) Agha Humayun Amin of the Pakistan Army analyzes the Delhi Campaign of the 1857 War of Independence. This is taken from the Jan, 2000 issue of Defence Journal.

This page needs your contribution. Please mail me anything you have written or found on the Net regarding Delhi.

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