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Re His uest is the here and now the unexpected the overlooked and the eccentric All the obvious ports of call make appearances the ancient monuments the imperial buildings and the celebrities of modern Delhi But it is through his encounters with Delhi’s people from a professor of astrophysics to a crematorium attendant from ragpickers to members of a police brass band that Miller creates this richly entertaining portrait of what Delhi means to its residents and of what the city is I ve never read a travelogue before this one just popped out at me at the library so I picked it up I loved the idea walking through the city in a spiral to see all of the variation within it And Delhi is so jam packed there is a lot you can see The stories he told were generally interesting sometimes funny sometimes sad and always with that sense of Truth that yeah that could happen uality The further I got though the less he seemed to be in an observer role and the he seemed to want to romanticize There s a lot to learn about how Delhi was in 2009 though how applicable it still is I have no way of telling

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Delhi Adventures in a Megacity

BecomingMiller like so many of the people he meets is a migrant in one of the world’s fastest growing megapolises and the Delhi he depicts is one whose future concerns us all He possesses an intense curiosity; he has an infallible eye for life’s diversities for all the marvelous and sublime moments that illuminate people’s lives This is a generous original humorous portrait of a great city; one that unerringly locates the humanity beneath the mundane the unsung and the unfamili If Delhi ever needed a geometric metaphor it would have to be the circle From the different dynasties and political parties that rose and descended along its Ferris wheel of power to the ring roads that serve as the arteries for navigating the city Delhi s circularity is both ancient and modern In Delhi Adventures in a Megacity Sam Miller redefines this circle in an entirely refreshing way A modern day fl neur he sets out to explore Delhi in spirals and with no fixed agenda His resultant experiences range anywhere between the hilarious and the blood curdling Written in a voice that s at once empathetic and snarky the book is a delightful mix of travelogue memoir reportage and social commentary Miller s discoveries are uniue foreign not only to transient tourists but even to many old time residents His insider outsider worldview lends his vignettes a special lens

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A provocative portrait of one of the world’s largest cities delving behind the tourist facade to illustrate the people and places beyond the realms of the conventional travelogueSam Miller set out to discover the real Delhi a city he describes as “India’s dreamtown and its purgatory” He treads the city streets making his way through the city and its suburbs visiting its less celebrated destinations Nehru Place Rohini Ghazipur and Gurgaon which most writers and travelers igno The author and I share the same passion which is walking The best part about Delhi is that you get to see both extremes of the world rich and poor His decision to explore the city by feet was the wisest and the looks Delhiites gave him on hearing the same was extremely hilarious but trueAs born and raised in this city I guess I already knew most of the places he visited but the insights he gave was refreshing and his humour was intact I love the fact when author portrayed how Delhiites are trying so hard to look and behave like westerners while this gora foreigner was trying eually hard to settle in in without being an outsider The historical monuments which are often ignored by its people were nicely written on the basis of which he threw some light on the history of DelhiI wish he could display about the diversity of culture which Delhi holds and their frame of reference through which they see the city It is one of those very few cities in India which is home to almost all religion caste and creed in the countryThe show se baazi is second to none in its people You will find it hard to distinguish people on the basis of their looks about their socio economic status as everyone likes to flaunt and that too a little loudly We could go out without taking a bath pun intended but not without the brands we like to show offPlease note Delhi also have much beautiful sights and people which makes it uite an incredible place you could ever encounter in your life


10 thoughts on “Delhi Adventures in a Megacity

  1. says:

    For a person who enjoys walking and discovering placesthis book was an amazing read I found nodding my head vigorously when the author mentions that Delhi ites never walk and it is true I have always wondered why people who live in a city which is full of things people and places to discover never bother to do so Anyway it was an enjoyable read though a lot has changed in the city from the time the book was written and yet many things sti

  2. says:

    The author and I share the same passion which is walking The best part about Delhi is that you get to see both extremes of the world rich and poor His decision to explore the city by feet was the wisest and the looks Delhiites gave him on hearing the same was extremely hilarious but trueAs born and raised in this city I guess I already knew most of the places he visited but the insights he gave was refreshing and his humour was intact I

  3. says:

    The author is an Englishman living in and having had a reasonably lengthy association with Delhi takes the approach of a 18th century French flaneur someone who walks aimlessly around a city Although not uite aimlessly he navigates Delhi on

  4. says:

    This is an offbeat but delightful book about Delhi capital of India Sam Miller is British even when his passport states Person of Indian Origin married to an Indian a resident of Delhi conversant in Hindi Here he guides the reader on a walking tour around the city along segments of a large spiral path unwinding from its center Some travelogues may be padded for extra bulk but not this one chockfull of charming encounters unpredi

  5. says:

    I really enjoyed this book It was already special to me since the author was the keynote speaker at my graduation in Delhi but on reading it I wish I had known about him before I had seen him speak At the time I didn't know much about him ex

  6. says:

    I've never read a travelogue before; this one just popped out at me at the library so I picked it up I loved the idea walking through the city in a spiral to see all of the variation within it And Delhi is so jam packed there is a lot you can see The stories he told were generally interesting sometimes funny sometimes sad and always with that sense of Truth that yeah that could happen uality The further I got though the less he

  7. says:

    I really wanted to love this book but I just couldn't get over the structure It's a series of vignettes of scenes

  8. says:

    Eh I didn't finish it I'm pretty obsessive about all things India but I didn't care much for the author himself and he's the central figurestoryteller so it was hard to just appreciate the stories of the eccentricities and details of Delhi Hi

  9. says:

    If Delhi ever needed a geometric metaphor it would have to be the circle From the different dynasties and political parties that rose and descended along its Ferris wheel of power to the 'ring' roads that serve a

  10. says:

    I love walking to explore new places and in this book Miller attempts a heck of a walk he takes a gigantic spiral walk around the city in the spirit of psychogeography and captures the absurdities he encounters while embedding them into historical tidbits of the city A novel approach to travel writing that manages to give a richly textured but also entertaining account of the complexity that is Delhi