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New PDF release: Chandni Chowk: The Mughal City of Old Delhi

By Swapna Liddle

What we all know this present day as Chandni Chowk used to be part of one of many maximum towns of the world—the imperial urban verified by means of the Mughal emperor Shahjahan within the 17th century, and named after him—Shahjahanabad. this can be the tale of ways town got here to be validated, its grandeur because the capital of an empire at its height, and its very important position in shaping the language and tradition of North India. it's also the tale of the numerous tribulations town has seen—the invasion of Nadir Shah, the rebel of 1857, Partition. 

Today, Shahjahanabad has been subsumed below the large sprawl of metropolitan Delhi. but it has an identification that's targeted. Popularly referred to as Chandni Chowk, its identify inspires romantic slim streets, numerous road meals and unique markets. For Shahjahanabad continues to be greatly a dwelling urban, notwithstanding the lives of the folk inhabiting it have replaced over the centuries. Dariba Kalan nonetheless has rows of flourishing jewellers’ outlets; Begum Samru’s haveli is now Bhagirath Palace, a sprawling electronics industry, and no stopover at to Chandni Chowk is entire with out a meal at Karim’s, whose cooks use recipes passed right down to them during the a long time for his or her mouth-watering biriyani and kebabs. 

Swapna Liddle attracts upon a wide selection of assets, similar to the debts of Mughal courtroom chroniclers, travelers’ memoirs, poetry, newspapers and executive records, to color a bright and dynamic landscape of the town from its inception to fresh times.

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