Invisible City: The Hidden Monuments of Delhi


  • By Rakhshanda Jalil (Author)
  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: NIYOGI BOOKS; Reprint edition (13 February 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8189738771
  • ISBN-13: 9788189738778
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm

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What sets Delhi apart is the multitude of historic ruins that are a part of the city’s landscape. This book explores this other Delhi—the little-known Delhi. An insight into Delhi’s monuments, it takes a delighful look at the rich cultural past of India.


About the Author

Rakhshanda Jalil writes on issues of literature, culture and heritage. She has published over 15 books. Some of them include: two edited collections of short stories, Urdu Stories (Srishti, 2002) and a selection by Pakistani women called Neither Night Nor Day (Harper Collins, 2007); two co-authored books with Mushirul Hasan, Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia (Niyogi, 2006) and Journey to a Holy Land: A Pilgrim’s Diary (OUP, 2009). She was co-editor of Third Frame, a journal devoted to literature, culture and society brought out by the Cambridge University Press. She has published six works of translations; the latest being Naked Voices & Other Stories by Saadat Hasan Manto (Roli, 2008); Panchlight and Other Stories by Hindi writer Phanishwarnath Renu (Orient Blackswan, 2010). She runs an organization called Hindustani Awaz, devoted to the popularization of Hindi-Urdu literature and culture. The Photographar Prabhas Roy, the quintessential Bohemian artist, left a degree course at the Government Art College, Kolkata mid-way, preferring instead to live a traveller’s life. Those were the days when one would find him in the jungles of Dooars one day and in the lonely villages in the Himalayas the next, capturing what he saw and experienced on canvas. He finally chose to settle down in Delhi with his wife in the early nineties and switched his medium of expression to the camera, so as to portray larger swathes of life. His Bohemian, nature-loving spirit intact, Prabhas continues to capture the beauty of the world around him through the lens.