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Re His uest is the here and now the unexpected the overlooked and the eccentric All the obvious ports of call make appearances the ancient monuments the imperial buildings and the celebrities of modern Delhi But it is through his encounters with Delhi’s people from a professor of astrophysics to a crematorium attendant from ragpickers to members of a police brass band that Miller creates this richly entertaining portrait of what Delhi means to its residents and of what the city is This is an offbeat but delightful book about Delhi capital of India Sam Miller is British even when his passport states Person of Indian Origin married to an Indian a resident of Delhi conversant in Hindi Here he guides the reader on a walking tour around the city along segments of a large spiral path unwinding from its center Some travelogues may be padded for extra bulk but not this one chockfull of charming encounters unpredictable incidents and unconventional landmarks After a slow start the book levels at a hectic pace better read just one chapter at a sitting or you could overdose on trivia footnotes and web links In a way each chapter is a separate story Miller writes in an informal homespun style illustrated by crude hand drawn maps and grainy black and white photographs Delhi is an ancient city at one time arguably the largest on Earth a title it now seems anxious to regain although rivalry for that uestionable distinction is steep especially from Chonging in China Between then and now Delhi has survived but did not thrive The most recent blow was the collapse of the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857 aka the first India war of independence when British soldiers conuered Delhi deposed the Mogul and shifted the country's capital to Calcutta Delhi's eminence was restored at the Great Durbar of 1911 when Britain's King George the 5th visited Delhi The British then built New Delhi outside the old walls later swallowed by a megalopolis expanding at half a million per year A walk around Delhi is a good introduction to India's people to India's culture and to the many uirks of its society One reads of modern crematoria maintained by the government but hardly used because most Indians believe that unless a body is properly cremated on a pyre of wood its soul is not reincarnated but roams the world as a disembodied ghost The country is in the midst of a great transition villages empty into cities bullock carts are replaced by urban rapid transit office buildings adjoin open sewers Delhi's Yamuna river is one and personal enterprise thrives next to a giant civil service The culture is ancient and diverse Numbers for instance India gave us not only the concept of zero but its language includes 'sava' meaning one and a uarter 'derh' is one and a half 'dhai' two and a half 'lakh' hundred thousand and 'crore' ten millions making the city's reported population around derh crore English is an official language since none of the ethnic languages was ready to yield first place to another one The city has beautiful temples and monuments also numerous ancient forts as well as a forested ridge in its midst where the prince and princes of Oudh dwell in genteel poverty Also a giant masonry sundial the Jantar Mantar its name has come to denote abracadabra in Hindi where a geocache site waits to be located by explorers with receivers of the GPS global positioning system but it is just a virtual site because of roaming goats Need one go on with this deadpan weirdness Where else does one encounter a man pushing a handcart filled with severed cattle ears telling the author they are for a factory Swastikas are good luck symbols the embassy of Togo is in an automobile showroom a traffic park teaches children to obey traffic signals as they walk its paths and a pay phone service hooked to a satellite is run from an outdoor table by an enterprising individual Yes there is great poverty and too many people lead a marginal existence but violence is relatively rare and individuality simmers everywhere This is a remarkable snapshot of a style of life which may change completely within the span of a generation hard to predict where it is heading but for the visitor at least its current state is fascinating

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BecomingMiller like so many of the people he meets is a migrant in one of the world’s fastest growing megapolises and the Delhi he depicts is one whose future concerns us all He possesses an intense curiosity; he has an infallible eye for life’s diversities for all the marvelous and sublime moments that illuminate people’s lives This is a generous original humorous portrait of a great city; one that unerringly locates the humanity beneath the mundane the unsung and the unfamili Eh I didn't finish it I'm pretty obsessive about all things India but I didn't care much for the author himself and he's the central figurestoryteller so it was hard to just appreciate the stories of the eccentricities and details of Delhi His continued use of flaneur annoyed the crap out of me It's probably a good book if he doesn't annoy you

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A provocative portrait of one of the world’s largest cities delving behind the tourist facade to illustrate the people and places beyond the realms of the conventional travelogueSam Miller set out to discover the real Delhi a city he describes as “India’s dreamtown and its purgatory” He treads the city streets making his way through the city and its suburbs visiting its less celebrated destinations Nehru Place Rohini Ghazipur and Gurgaon which most writers and travelers igno The author and I share the same passion which is walking The best part about Delhi is that you get to see both extremes of the world rich and poor His decision to explore the city by feet was the wisest and the looks Delhiites gave him on hearing the same was extremely hilarious but trueAs born and raised in this city I guess I already knew most of the places he visited but the insights he gave was refreshing and his humour was intact I love the fact when author portrayed how Delhiites are trying so hard to look and behave like westerners while this gora foreigner was trying eually hard to settle in in without being an outsider The historical monuments which are often ignored by its people were nicely written on the basis of which he threw some light on the history of DelhiI wish he could display about the diversity of culture which Delhi holds and their frame of reference through which they see the city It is one of those very few cities in India which is home to almost all religion caste and creed in the countryThe show se baazi is second to none in its people You will find it hard to distinguish people on the basis of their looks about their socio economic status as everyone likes to flaunt and that too a little loudly We could go out without taking a bath pun intended but not without the brands we like to show offPlease note Delhi also have much beautiful sights and people which makes it uite an incredible place you could ever encounter in your life Misplaced Loyalty (Meredith & Hodge, extremes of the world rich and poor His decision to A Pocketful of Crows explore the city by feet was the wisest and the looks Delhiites gave him on hearing the same was A Love Like Ours extremely hilarious but trueAs born and raised in this city I guess I already knew most of the places he visited but the insights he gave was refreshing and his humour was intact I love the fact when author portrayed how Delhiites are trying so hard to look and behave like westerners while this gora foreigner was trying Tanduk Menjangan Merah eually hard to settle in in without being an outsider The historical monuments which are often ignored by its people were nicely written on the basis of which he threw some light on the history of DelhiI wish he could display about the diversity of culture which Delhi holds and their frame of reference through which they see the city It is one of those very few cities in India which is home to almost all religion caste and creed in the countryThe show se baazi is second to none in its people You will find it hard to distinguish people on the basis of their looks about their socio Kingdom Cult of Self economic status as A Killers Christmas in Wales (Penny Brannigan Mystery everyone likes to flaunt and that too a little loudly We could go out without taking a bath pun intended but not without the brands we like to show offPlease note Delhi also have much beautiful sights and people which makes it uite an incredible place you could Mistress Mashams Repose ever Clementine Rose and the Famous Friend (Clementine Rose, encounter in your life

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