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City of My Heart: Accounts of Love, Loss and Betrayal in Nineteenth-Century Delhi
Rana Safvi

Classification : History
Pub Date : Sep 15, 2018
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 280
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9789351952589
Price : 499

About the book

Dilli,

Hindustan ka Dil…

Through nuanced translations of four Urdu narratives spanning the period of turmoil that led to the Revolt of 1857, and culminated in the fall of the Mughal Empire, this compelling volume reveals the tragic and affecting story of a royalty in decline.

Vividly documenting the twilight years of not just a historical era but also an entire way of life, these first-hand accounts – gleaned from princes and paupers alike – provide rare insight into how the royals and their subjects experienced life on either side of the cataclysm. Tales of suffering describe the perfidy of the British and the plight of the last royals as they are disbanded and pushed into dire poverty; livelier accounts of fealty and treachery detail palace intrigues; and nostalgic reminiscences recreate the days of past glory and communal comity – of feasting and festivals, and shared faith and devotion.

An intimate chronicle of a crucial era in India’s history, City of My Heart is the saga of a changing city and a people experiencing the end of life as they know it.


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