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Invisible City: The Hidden Monuments of Delhi



By: Rakhshanda Jalil(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Art, Architecture & Photography

Publisher: Niyogi Books; Reprint edition (1 Dec. 2009)

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The original title of the book: Invisible City: The Hidden Monuments of Delhi

Mirza Ghalib may have been indulging in hyperbole when he penned these famous lines, but there is no denying that Delhi is a notch above the other great metropolises of India. What sets it apart is the multitude of historic ruins that are almost everywhere. Every ruler down the ages wished to adorn his beloved Delhi, to leave a mark that would last and so left behind a landscape studded with jewels from the past. Neophyte New Delhi has been quick to discard most of them on the rubbish heap of history, choosing to validate a bare minimum with a name, an identity and a place of visibility. Where it was possible to make the law look the other way, many of these monuments were razed to the ground to make way for colonisation and development. Regarded as no more than inconvenient piles of rock, many have been pulled down, built upon, built around. Invisible City: The Hidden Monuments of Delhi explores this other Delhi-the little-known, seldom-visited, largely unheard of Delhi, the Delhi that has been rendered almost invisible.

Rakhshanda Jalil writes on issues of literature, culture and heritage. She has published over 15 books. Some of them include: two edited collections of short stories, Urdu Stories (Srishti, 2002) and a selection by Pakistani women called Neither Night Nor Day (Harper Collins, 2007); two co-authored books with Mushirul Hasan, Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia (Niyogi, 2006) and Journey to a Holy Land: A Pilgrim's Diary (OUP, 2009). She was co-editor of Third Frame, a journal devoted to literature, culture and society brought out by the Cambridge University Press. She has published six works of translations; the latest being Naked Voices & Other Stories by Saadat Hasan Manto (Roli, 2008); Panchlight and Other Stories by Hindi writer Phanishwarnath Renu (Orient Blackswan, 2010). She runs an organization called Hindustani Awaz, devoted to the popularization of Hindi-Urdu literature and culture. The Photographar Prabhas Roy, the quintessential Bohemian artist, left a degree course at the Government Art College, Kolkata mid-way, preferring instead to live a traveller's life. Those were the days when one would find him in the jungles of Dooars one day and in the lonely villages in the Himalayas the next, capturing what he saw and experienced on canvas. He finally chose to settle down in Delhi with his wife in the early nineties and switched his medium of expression to the camera, so as to portray larger swathes of life. His Bohemian, nature-loving spirit intact, Prabhas continues to capture the beauty of the world around him through the lens.

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