Delhi

DelhiNarratore Dell Opera, Una Vera E Propria Saga Che Si Estende Per Circa Seicento Anni, Un Vecchio Sporcaccione Che Ama Delhi Come Ama La Sua Hijda, La Sua Prostituta Preferita, Bhagmati, Met Uomo, Met Donna Con L Energia E La Creativit Di Entrambi I Sessi Viaggiando Attraverso Il Tempo, Lo Spazio E La Storia Per Riscoprire La Sua Amata Citt , Il Narratore Si Imbatte In Una Miriade Di Personaggi Che Hanno Fatto Di Delhi Il Luogo Mistico Che Essa Un Viaggio Epico In Cui La Citt Dell Impero Viene Consegnata Per Sempre All Immortalit Della Letteratura a lot of sex a lot of it and a lot of death even death than sex after a while, the massacres began to bleed into each other, just one slaughter followed by another i m not faulting Singh for this at least, not yet because i haven t done enough historical readings on Delhi to be able to contextualise his fiction , because it does seem as though he s just plotting out the city s bloody history so if it seems like it s an excessively macabre novel, it s because that s what the city was is this may explain the suddenness of the ending there is no clean ending, no closure, no hope for peace it s just what it is.or at least that s what i think Singh was aiming for.speaking of sudden endings, i thought the end of Ram Rakha s chapter was also jarring i realise the sudden shift in perspective was supposed to be surprising, but it felt almost entirely unlocated, as though Singh had just thrown those two paragraphs in at the last minute, with no buildup, however subtle, before then.it was interesting, as well, to read the narrative through the points of view of murderers soldiers as well as victims it makes claiming a certain kind of moral high ground difficult, because you re forced to sympathise if only because you re willingly listen to their stories with people who commit mass murders and rapes, of children as well as adults so yeah, no easy answers here just an unsettling sense of grief, because the violence begins to feel inevitable but i don t think Singh was aiming to create apathy in his readers it s just that the moments of hope that do occasionally emerge are always followed by crushing violence.stylistically, it was written well enough no memorable flights of rhetoric unless you count the sex passages I was annoyed from the first to the last page The premise was very interesting Delhi s history from the Mughal Empire 1526 to the murder of Indira Gandhi 1984 Chapters alternate from present time in which we read above all about useless sex scenes among the main character and a hijra prostitute to ancient time where the past revives thanks to the first person narration of different characters.I couldn t understand which was the fictional part and which were real historical events, it was too confusing I also couldn t understand how much of Singh s personal opinions have been added to the story Perhaps people who know every single event of the Mughal Empire will enjoy much this book I also didn t learn something new about Indian history because the whole story was too confusing and there were many useless parts like the chapters dedicated to present time It seems to me that the author gave too much importance to sex scenes and the bloody massacres among Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, talking about them in a too detailed way It was as if these parts were important than the historical events After a while I had a feeling of mental discomfort reading about all this gory killing because it seemed that all these people were taking pleasure in killing It was as if the author disliked all Indians regardless of their religion and depicted them as bloody killers I have read a few historical fiction and I usually like them but in my opinion Singh failed and it s a pity because I have read and liked Train to Pakistan It could have been much better if the reader would have been able to discern among real historical events and fictional parts and if we could understand which parts were the author s personal opinions but perhaps it s only my fault because I don t know a lot about the Mughal Empire.Mi sono annoiata dalla prima all ultima pagina La premessa sembrava molto interessante la storia di Delhi dall Impero Moghul ca 1500 fino all uccisione di Indira Gandhi 1984 Si alternano capitoli dedicati al presente in cui si parla solo di sesso tra il personaggio principale e una prostituta ermafrodita a capitoli in cui si fa rinascere il passato attraverso la narrazione in prima persona di diversi personaggi Non si capisce cosa di ci che viene raccontato appartiene alla realt storica e quali parti sono solo finzione o considerazioni personali dello scrittore Forse chi conosce per filo e per segno tutti gli imperatori Moghul e la storia del loro impero sar capace di apprezzare questo tomo di quasi 500 pagine Non mi rimasto assolutamente nulla di questo libro tranne una sensazione di noia e di fastidio dovuta non solo al fatto che non si riesce a discernere tra realt e finzione, ma anche perch lo scrittore sembra dare pi importanza ai sanguinosi massacri tra musulmani, ind e sikh descrivendoli minuziosamente piuttosto che agli eventi storici rilevanti. This book kept me up for several nights I never fell asleep while reading the book but the exhaustion I felt after reading about the bloody massacres that have dotted the pages of Indian history was tremendous This is an extremely powerful book From the invasion of Taimur to the Anti Sikh riots, to the personal accounts of the journey of the narrator which is interspersed in the book to provide respite from the heavy heat one feels after reading about the mostly bloody and accursed history of Delhi nothing could have been written better Every Indian must read the book to understand the frivolity of anger and passion roused by religion, hedonism and dogmatism Khushwant Singh tells the story of Delhi through 600 years through the eyes of people who witnessed it taking shape, the raconteurs being people of consequence and sometimes just ordinary citizens The connection he generates between the present and the past is nuanced and substantial no wonder it took the author 25 years to write it I was amused and tickled by the use of phrases like haw haw Oxbridge and my morbid obsession with death and loved most of the poetry in the accounts of history I am glad I read the book after I had stayed in Delhi for 6 months It multiplied my understanding and pleasure by several times. I asked my soul What is Delhi She replied The world is the body and Delhi its life Delhi The city of Ghalib and Meer taqi Meer.Delhi a Novel is the story of political and religious upheavals in India that have changed the city It is also a story of wars and horror that reshaped the life of delhiwallas There were so much destruction and suffering in the life of Delhi that it hurts when you read about it.Story of the novel covers almost all the major events in the history of Delhi which started from the Delhi Sultanate and ended with the assassination of Indra Ghandi Each historical character for instance Meer, Zafar and a Sikh sepoy etc tells his own tragic story which somehow directly or indirectly affected by the events occurred in the city Khushwant Singh is a fine story teller with his matchless humor and mild but powerful satire He didn t even spare himself and didn t hesitate to tell his own gaudy sex adventures The chapters on Baghmati the Hijdra are erotic and hilarious He is rightly called the dirty old man, who writes boldly about the copulation details and tells dirty and profane jokes While I was reading him I thought khushwant should have written sex stories He was in love with Baghmati and narrates Baghmati and Delhi is one and the same.He said in one of his quotes that History provided me with the Skelton I covered flesh and injected blood and a lot of seminal fluid into it In short the history of Delhi itself is the history of India. This was so horrendously bad that I had forgotten all about having read this book I guess my brain was trying to subconsciously suppress the memory of it However, my brain, being the way it is, just as well randomly popped this book up at me on a Monday evening, because that is the sort of thing my brain likes to do NOTHING about the book you might initially read, see or hear about would remotely suggest the level of bad ness this book entails I read this on a recommendation of a friend s, and since then I have been than wary with recommendations, especially in instances where they involve vapid prose detailing badly written sex scenes as gimmicks As for the historical fiction angle, forget about it You d be better off with Let s Learn Numbers or My First Book of Alphabet to get better enlightenment instead. Delhi History in the Garb of Erotica.History in the garb of Erotica or is it the other way round Would be an apt epithet for Delhi A Novel by Khushwant Singh.Synopsis A lecherous historian cum writer is in a bad phase of his career that he takes a part time job as a tourist guide in Delhi As a guide he ensures a perennial supply of foreign memsahibs for himself with whom he has innumerable flings He takes these tourists and his hijda mistress around Delhi for sightseeing thus visiting various places of historical significance This narrative is interposed, in alternate chapters, with memoirs of personalities from the past which includes the likes of Timur, Nadir Shah, Aurangzeb, A devotee of the Sufi saint Nizamudeen Auliya, A British era builder, A Gandhi hater to name a few The whole book is laced with a thick veneer of sarcasm which makes it difficult to make out how much of it are genuine statements and how much of it are Deliberate Doosras Through the memoirs of the bad guys of history he has gone so far as to condone sarcastically or not is moot their acts Aurungzeb justifying his fanaticism and hatred toward Dhara Shikoh, Nadir Shah justifying massacres that he brought upon Delhi and through the words of a builder he claims the period of British rule in India her golden period and quite trenchantly remarks that Indians have done harm to India than the British He also goes ahead and states that had it been Germans, French or Russians, Gandhis and Nehrus would have been sent to gallows, for long.The last but one chapter takes Gandhi giri head on He minces no words when he calls Gandhi a hypocrite As per an anti Gandhi character in the book, Gandhi while fasting has a continuous supply of orange juice and he breaks his fast with a glass of orange juice , or when he indicts RSS for propagating hatred against Musalmmans and Christians in the inchoate days of independence He is even indifferent when he implicitly slams his own community, Sikhs, for teaming up with the British during 1857 mutinies,which apparently led to the quashing of the mutiny in Delhi.Towards the end of the book circa 1984 it takes us through the Operation Bluestar Blunder of Indira Gandhi, her assassination on account of that and then the dire repercussions that followed That leaves the book with an implicit statement of how India is anarchy prone, how vicious is communalism and religious fanaticism, and how baneful is political bigotry These factors leave the writer pensive and disturbed in the end.What makes the book unique, according to me, is that it positions itself against the popular version of history And it has to be given to the Old Man for his audacity in coming up with a book which speaks about the misfortunes inflicted upon Delhi, throughout various phases in history, not from the victim s but from the perpetrators perspectives and to the level of justifying them watch out for sarcasms One big negative of the book, which I presume could have led to it being branded as dirty, is its erotic content Not a single chapter passes by without an obnoxious dosage of carnal indulgences of its characters However, the Dirty Old Man can be excused for this as, probably, he was trying to sell history in the garb of erotica.Rajeev A Nair The world is the body and Delhi its life , said Asadullah Khan Ghalib Delhi is still as intriguing as ever, so old and yet so new, holding within its folds history, politics, love, violence, religion, destruction and countless other emotions and stories The city of dginns , by William Dalrimple helped stimulate my interest in this life of the world and Khushwant Singh s Delhi seemed to be an apt choice.I guess I was holding the wrong book for the wrong reasons It is only a birds eye view and a rather myopic bird s eye view of the ancient history of the city hasty, superficial and general.The chapters on Bhagmati are absolutely redundant and inessential Imagine a chapter on farts it is not even funny I thought I could easily ignore the obnoxious stuff in Khushwant Singh s books and still like them for language, frankness, humour and content This one does have history but it is coated with a lot of his own imagination and injected with a lot of seminal fluid as he calls it One is often left wondering Did this really happen But then one starts pondering on the title Delhi A Novel I guess it was meant to be like this.The author has been magnanimous and has tried to justify the actions of cruel tyrants and invaders who plundered, looted and killed just to assert their power and supremacy, by looking at history from their perspective It took him twenty five years to piece it together and has been written with an objective of getting people to know Delhi and love it, I think William Dalrymple achieved the objective better Do give him a chance, you may find something that i missed. Delhi is a wonderful book Right at the start, the narrative voice tells us that Delhi is a vulgar, loud, dangerous and damaged city, but once one knows Delhi intimately it reveals its charms, its seductions Every stone of this city tells a story The city is an archeologist s delight because it has so much to offer Delhi has repeatedly been destroyed and rebuilt throughout its recorded history.In this book, the body of Delhi is compared with the body of a Hijra transgender named Bhagmati Just like the city of Delhi, Bhagamati is loud and unattractive But once one knows her, her strange smell, her body s queerness, the bitter sweet taste of her paan soaked mouth, one is trapped forever One becomes addicted to her The narrator, after having lived abroad, comes back to live in his native city, Delhi He embraces the city with all its filth, its hidden charms Being upper middle class, the narrator can flirt with women he prefers a Hijra He is bewitched by her.Their regular meetings with each other fulfill their life in different ways We get to know of contemporary Delhi and its medieval history in enchanting prose After almost every second chapter, the readers find themselves in Delhi of the 1980s In between, we get a glimpse of Delhi s past, its prominent rulers, its fall and rise.Anybody who is interested in Delhi s history will find this book engrossing Although the book was first published almost three decades ago, there is a lot in it that still holds true for Delhi. If one can tolerate the excessively elaborate accounts of the protagonist s sexual encounters, the novel is a good read to understand Indian history in a different perspective Even if one is not familiar with the Indian History, the novel still appeals due to its accurate detailing of the location and structure of the monuments of Delhi No, the novel doesn t end at Red Fort and Qutub Minar The way KS describes the by lanes of Chandni Chowk during the reign of shah jahan, or Paharganj when Aurangzeb took over or the area around Hazarat Nizamuddin in the times of Ghiasuddin Balban or the Connaught Circus of the early 90 s gets etched on one mind One characteristic feature of KS s writing other than the explicitly described female body forms is his style of making the natural surrounds weather, trees, birds and bees an integral part of the main plot, is reflected here too If nothing else, the novel has inspired me to explore Delhi beyond the regular Delhi Darshan sights and go for nature walks in and around

Khushwant Singh, Punjabi , Hindi born on 2 February 1915 in Hadali, British India, now a part of Punjab, Pakistan, was a prominent Indian novelist and journalist Singh s weekly column, With Malice towards One and All , carried by several Indian newspapers, was among the most widely read columns in the country.An important post colonial novelist writing in English, Sing

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  • Paperback
  • 480 pages
  • Delhi
  • Khushwant Singh
  • Italian
  • 24 November 2019
  • 9788873057994

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