Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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"A wild, spiralling wonder of a book... the sharpest reflection of the capital since William Dalrymple's City of Djinns... Read this book and laugh, grow and gaze in gob-smacked wonder at India's whirling dreamtown" (Rory Maclean Guardian)
"The liveliest of city travelogues, a beguiling introduction to the Indian capital and an irresistible read for even the faintly curious" (Literary Review)
"A chronicle that rivals its subject matter in energy and scope... His talent is dizzying and his narrative a rich accomplishment. I walked miles in Delhi - without moving an inch" (The Times)
"A dizzying, droll travelogue... Miller's multitudinous city snapshots elucidate the paradoxes of gloablisation without judgement, and his tales of urban wandering form a valuable archive of a rapidly transforming city. Miller's forays into city slums are poignant, humanising evocations of Delhi's underside" (Hirsh Sawnhey Guardian)
"A thoroughly entertaining book - even down to the countless footnotes - about a fascinating city" (Financial Times)
An extraordinary portrait of one of the world's largest cities and India's baffling, bustling capital.See all Product Description
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He trips on rough pavements, crosses highways, clambers onto rooftops and over 500-million-year-old rocks. He unflinchingly encounters the city's carbuncles and decrepitude, and its formidable acronyms, pausing now and then to wonder at the "multiple paradoxes" of this megacity over cups of chai from roadside vendors.
With laudable equanimity he meets railway accountants, cockroaches, and asthmatic goats, non-vegetarian Doberman-pinchers guarding minor royalty, and a well-meaning drag king. Then there is The Shit Squirter of Connaught Place. And Martin the Brylcreemed rookie Seventh-Day Adventist preacher.
The book is very, very funny and often moving, as scenes unfold which call up that emotion familiar to any sensitive observer of this city: in Miller's words, "that ugly vacuum between hilarity and despair". He finds Delhi's heart - with its white Lutyens bungalows - quite heartless and talks with the humble functionaries who live out seemingly futile and fragmented lives and whose existence is rendered all but invisible by the city's indifference. He is helped (or laughed at) on his way by, among others, a deaf mute, nightwatchmen, street vendors, construction workers, pallbearers and a slum-clearance survivor. A tiny rag picker explodes an array of pessimistic preconceptions.Read more ›
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For someone who knows or has known Delhi, this is a great read. It was so fascinating that I had to purchase the Eicher road atlas to follow his every step. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2014 by Mrs. K. L. Hall
Adventures in a Mega city is the book that Dickens might have written if he had ended up in Delhi at the beginning of the twenty first century. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2010 by Daisy Goodwin