As the Urdu poet laureate of the Mughal Court in Delhi, Sheikh Muhammad Ibrahim Zauq once rightly said,
“Humne maana ki dakkan mein hai bahut qadre sukhan, kaun jaaye Zauq par Dilli ki galiyan chhod kar.”
Who could really bear the pain of leaving their beloved Delhi once they have lived there?
No matter who you are or where you are from, Delhi never fails to fascinate.
Just like any other city, Delhi, too, has its share of good, bad, and ugly, yet it mesmerises people from all walks of life.
From its delicious food to its historical monuments, Delhi has a lot to offer, and it is only natural that it has managed to capture the attention of various artists over centuries.
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Delhi has been a melting pot of culture throughout history and therefore has influenced a great amount of literature. Innumerable books have been written about and dedicated to the city of Delhi.
Writers like Khushwant Singh, William Dalrymple, and Anita Desai are a few among many who have expressed their love for the city in their writing. However, Delhi has always been a favourite, and the love for the city dates back to Amir Khusrow in the twelfth century.
We present to you five books on Delhi that will make you fall in love with it all over again:
Have you read these books already, or will you add them to your reading list? Do let us know about your love for Delhi in the comments section.
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