A Portrait of Delhi in the Twenty-first Century

Book - 2014
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A mesmerizing tale of the global future, as glimpsed in an emerging-world megalopolis. "Capital" written by Commonwealth Prize-winning author Rana Dasgupta, bears witness to the extraordinary transmogrification of India's capital city. Describing the emergence of the city from partition in 1947 to its shape-shifting present, this tour de force of non-fiction writing expands upon the emergence of an economic powerhouse and seeks to understand the very specific history of the communities who ended up in Delhi and the way that history informs and motivates people today. But this is more than a book about one city; it's a book about all cities and the promise of a global future.
Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781443406048
Branch Call Number: 954.5 DAS NVD
Characteristics: xv, 455 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Dec 18, 2017

The title of this book refers not only to Delhi as the capital city but also to the capital which transformed and essentially destroyed the city since the 1990s. The author tells the story through conversations with a wide variety of "middle class" and very rich citizens of the city. He ends the book with a description of how the water table has been destroyed and its implications. Excellent.

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