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Delhi : Rising Above Ruins

Ranjan Kumar Singh

ISBN 10: 8190356119 / ISBN 13: 9788190356114
Published by Parijat Prakashan, Patna, 2006
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Contents 1. Introduction from ruins to reigns. 2. Qutub complex. 3. Meharauli Archaeological Park and other monuments. 4. Tughlaqabad area. 5. Nizam ud din area. 6. Kotla Feroz Shah. 7. Hauz Khas Area. 8. Lodi Gardens. 9. Purana Quila Complex. 10. Humayun Tomb Complex. 11. Red Fort Complex. 12. Other monuments in Shahjahanabad. 13. Some other monuments. Index. If the history of ancient India revolved around Patliputra the history of modern India has been more or less Delhi centric. Ever since it took over the reins Delhi has been the seat of power. This led to a belief that whoever held Delhi ruled India. But for a period when the Mogul Emperor Akbar ruled from Agra this seems to have held true. In the course of history spanning over 900 years Delhi has encountered all kinds of adversities and catastrophes but has held on to its position nevertheless. In 1906 Gordon Risley Hearn in his book The Seven Cities of Delhi has classified the Qutub area as the Old Delhi the name now given to Shahjahanabad which Risley had called the Modern Delhi. All of the so called cities of Delhi including Indraprashta perished and yet Delhi survives. Remarkably none of the cities of Delhi was called Delhi. It is only after their decline that they all become a part of Delhi. Equally interesting is the fact that the phrase The Seven Cities of Delhi had been coined by Hearn way back in 1906 when neither New Delhi had been conceptualized nor Indraprastha excavated yet it still continues to be in application. Nevertheless Delhi is amongst the richest cities of the world in terms of monuments. It has over 60 000 recognized monuments depicting architecture from the Mauryan era up to the period of British Rule with the Islamic monuments comprising the major part of its rich archaeological heritage. These monuments constitute an inspiring saga of India's past where history speaks through stones and bricks. 136 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 71733

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Title: Delhi : Rising Above Ruins

Publisher: Parijat Prakashan, Patna

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition: As New

Edition: New

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The book presents a comprehensive history of Medieval Delhi and its archaeology. It introduces 84 monuments of Delhi from the Muslim era along with 133 photographs.

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Ranjan Kumar Singh is a journalist-author and film producer-director with more than 30 years of experience. He has eight printed books and over one hundred hours of edited films to his credit. He studied India: Art and Culture at the National Museum Institute , New Delhi and went on to study Art in Norway at the University of Oslo. He also presented a paper on the Theft and Smuggling of Antiquities at the 3rd World Archaeology Congress.

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