Delhi Paperback – 4 Jun 2009
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`a quirky and affectionate account' --Times Literary Supplement
"teems with strange stories and bizarre quiddities, rich discoveries and unexpected diversions --The Scotsman
A thoroughly entertaining book – even down to the countless footnotes – about a fascinating city - Financial Times, Rahul Jacob
[a] dizzying, droll travelogue…Miller’s multitudinous city snapshots elucidates the paradoxes of globalisation 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 - The Guardian, Hirsh Sawnhey
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As I read through this book, it was as if brought right back in front of me in all its glory minus the cat calls. This book helped dig up some buried happy memories of my own city and did so in a very honest and vivid way. I love this book.
To be fair, Miller is not just doing the well-trodden tourist routes. He tackles many of the backstreets and end-of-Metro outposts, unearthing genuine surprises (such as the Delhi slaughterhouse) and providing entertaining anecdotes on the way. Yet for all his sympathy and affection for the place, he somehow fails to connect with Delhi people. He comes across various officials, vendors, street urchins and other individuals who are simply puzzled at the intentions and questions of this (to me) rather sad and lonely foreigner. In Gurgaon, the gleaming new Delhi suburb, he laments that nothing happens to him and there is no one to speak to, yet he shelters from a rainstorm in a security guard's hut "in the invigorating company of a garrulous Japanese businessman and a flirtatious teenage Gurgaon college student". What do they think of life in Gurgaon? We never get to know.
Miller has written a city travel book for the internet age jumping from scene to scene as if wandering from link to link, occasionally returning to homepage before resuming his journey. He resorts to google for snippets of information (whether or not it has to do with Delhi or even India) and google maps for close ups of streets or buildings.Read more ›