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Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali

Twilight in Delhi

by Ahmed Ali

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    A Passage to India by E. M. Forster (cometahalley)
    cometahalley: L'India coloniale, le sue atmosfere e i colori indimenticabili.

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This book has been on my 'To read' list since two years now. William Dalrymple mentioned this book in 'City of Djinns'. Indeed book is a classic - it chronicles the period when last Mughal king had collapsed, his relations reduced to beggars and maids and coronation of King George is about to take place. It is set in part of Delhi - we now know as old Delhi. It chronicles the lives and times of Nihal family. The pigeon flying days, days when people were still learning to get accustomed to foreign rule. As always, there are apples who kowtow to whoever rules and those who can't breathe in air that is devoid of freedom. The book also reminded me of M. S. Sathyu's 'Garam Hawa' focusing on lives of Balraj Sahni's family. Only a different period.

'Twilight of Delhi' was once published with support from likes of E. M. Forester and Virginia Woolf. I read it as a chronicle of period. As a story is it very sluggish, really nothing to impart other than general sense of pessimism, which is understandable. It is interspersed with lots of poems, alas, none of which appeal to me in English as they would have had they been in Hindi and Urdu. But yes, I can tick off another Delhi classic on my list. ( )
  poonamsharma | Apr 6, 2013 |
Richly atmospheric but a complete downer. Change and decay; death and loss. To be read only on a bright sunny day, preferably in a deck chair with a gin and tonic in hand.
  booksaplenty1949 | Apr 21, 2012 |
Part of book project. This is an interesting book. It was published in 1940. The New Directions edition has a 1993 Introduction by the author. As a story it tells of domestic issues & lives of a family & friends in Delhi in the 1910's. It gives a very detailed picture of the culture. Also, as the author makes clear in his Introduction, it is a picture of history that has been forgotten; it shows that Delhi was a Muslim city, and is part of the history of Islam in India that has been downplayed.
  franoscar | Mar 13, 2009 |
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The sounds and smells of Delhi--the flutter of pigeons' wings, the call to prayer, the scent of jasmine and frying ghee--come to life in the novel whose detail E.M. Forster called "new and fascinating" upon its original publication in 1940. Reprinted with a revised introduction by the author, Twilight in Delhi is enacted between two revolutionary momen s of change, depicting the change of a way of life and culture.

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Set in the early twentieth century, it tells the story of an upper-class Muslim merchant, Mir Nihal,and his family who are caught between two revolutionary movements of change.

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