[Kafila Audio] Dilli Tha Jiska Naam: Recollections of a Forgotten City

Last week I caught up with Shubhum Mishra, a cartographer/geographer/urban planner, in Sundar Nursery – a Mughal garden turned  colonial green house spanning 70 acres in the heart of Delhi – that shall should be open to the public sometime next year.

Shubhum has just transliterated Intizar Husain’s famous book – Dilli Tha Jiska Naam – from the original Urdu/farsi script to devnagari, in the hope of making this incredible resource more accessible to north Indian readers. In this conversation he reads excerpts from the book and I asked him why modern Indian cities are so spectacularly ugly.

Listen in for a fascinating description of Chandini Chowk and “Old Delhi” – back from when “Old Delhi” was the only Delhi around.  Shubhum will respond to comments on the site. His book is now available in most book stores around the city and you can buy it here

 

2 thoughts on “[Kafila Audio] Dilli Tha Jiska Naam: Recollections of a Forgotten City

  1. Anjaan Aadmi

    Too much ‘hmm’ing by the interviewer. It appears as if he is trying to hurry the interviewee on, and not really listening. Takes away from an otherwise great interview.

  2. Farooque Khan

    Great effort Shubhum Mishra. At the risk of coming out as a purist, I cannot help but suggest that your transliteration may need a more thorough editing. I’m saying this after having listened to your reading of the extract that you read. I hope you will find the help that may be needed for this. It will be a pleasure to make a contribution to such an effort. Wish you all the best in your pursuits

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