- Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing Private Limited (15 November 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9388326008
- ISBN-13: 978-9388326001
- Package Dimensions: 20 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Connaught Place and the Making of New Delhi Hardcover – 15 Nov 2018
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‘The book is a treasure trove of information on New Delhi and a must-read for all who love this city.’—Tribune India This volume, with its maps, photographs, and paintings and Liddle's flowing prose, is a quick and comprehensive read. This will make all those who love Delhi, or are visiting it view the city with new eyes.’—India Today
‘The value of this book is that it interweaves the familiar story of how New Delhi was built, with social history, and reflections on the future of the capital city. An excellent introduction for both inhabitants and visitors.’ - Narayani Gupta, Historian.See all Product description
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Like to make people remember roads as no g maps in those daYs botanists and horticulture scientists were called to create a botanical footprint so that no two streets have same trees so akbar road has neem trees only. Do give it a read, this book shud be famous
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Swapna Liddle’s book is a capsule in time for how the new city was conceived, designed and built with the complexities of the vision of the rulers--and needs of the new India. Through this book, I have learned a lot about the thinking processes and the cultural considerations which happened behind the scene. For me the author has almost “peeled the layers of onion” for a better understanding of the genesis of the city, and particularly the transformation of Connaught Place from shopping by the elite to the casual—due to the presence of American soldiers during World War II, and changing of the political landscape.
I would give this book 5 stars accept for the chapter about “Capital of India”. The author has ambiguously written about the death of the father of nation—without stating the name of Mr. Gandhi. The chapter also states about the violence against the Muslims, but does not clarify whether it was due to the death of Mr. Gandhi or the partition of India. The chapter also states that influx of refugees came from “the other side” of the border. History tells us that these were Hindus and Sikhs fleeing violence in Western Punjab "the other side". Also, the written sequence is incorrect: The refugees came mainly after 1947 partition, but Mr. Gandhi died in 1948. The context of these events could have been written with more clarity and accurate timeline.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and it is now a part of my favorite collection of books on Delhi.