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Delhi: Unknown tales of a city Paperback – 30 May 2015
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Ronald Vivian Smith is an alumnus of St. John’s College, Agra and began writing as a teenager in 1954. He has authored many books, including four on Delhi, a romantic novel, Jasmine Nights & The Taj, three volumes of poetry, a collection of ghost yarns and a profile of the eighteenth-century Smith family he is descended from. As a septuagenarian he does not spend time on an easy-chair but in surveying out-of-the-way places for unusual stories that form the grist for weekly newspaper columns, ‘Quaint Corner’ and ‘Down Memory Lane’. This publication of his completes the proverbial baker’s dozen.
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(It wasn’t the lanes and streets of Delhi: It was the pages of an album. Each and every face that one saw was a painting)
-Mir Taqi Mir
“Delhi unknown Tales of a City” by R V Smith is a collection of some lovely anecdotes on Delhi. For a lover of this old city, this book is a fabulous discovery because of all the amazing stories that the author has incorporated into it. There is so much to discover about the city that the book makes you feel like you are walking into all its dark labyrinths and folds one chapter at a time. I loved reading about the history behind the weird street names, the stories behind the forgotten old buildings which were once as majestic as the city itself and the people who called Delhi their own. A city that was loved by Ghalib and by Mir, a city that the Mughals filled with gardens and architecture, a city that the British tried to tame, Delhi has seen it all and Mr. Smith, who clearly knows the city, more intimately then some has tried to capture it all.
A wonderfully informative book that I am glad I added to my library.
The book is a compilation by R V Smith a wonderful yet neglected author of the many articles he has written in journals. His intimacy with the subject is profound, therefore in his flow, one may get lost like in an unfamiliar place. But one can always retrace one's path and try to register the story once again with patience and will be likewise rewarded.
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