City of Djinns

Author: William Dalrymple
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101127018
Format: PDF
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Peeling back the layers of Delhi’s centuries-old history, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure. Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded curiosity, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" cities of Delhi as well as the eighth city—today's Delhi. Underlying his quest is the legend of the djinns, fire-formed spirits that are said to assure the city's Phoenix-like regeneration no matter how many times it is destroyed. Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure.

Neun Leben

Author: William Dalrymple
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 3827074304
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Ein Buch ganz nah am Herzen der indischen Kultur. Neun faszinierende Porträts aus dem heutigen Indien - neun Menschen auf höchst unterschiedlichen spirituellen Wegen in einer Gesellschaft , in der sich Globalisierung, Alltagsleben und Religion in einmaliger Weise durchdringen. William Dalrymple begegnet Gefängniswärtern und Nonnen, Tempeldienerinnen und Epensängern, Menschen, die dem Sufi smus anhängen oder tantrische Rituale am Leben erhalten. »Pflichtlektüre - nicht nur für alle Indien-Touristen.« Deutschlandradio

Brechreizend

Author: Catherine Price
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 3838711394
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Sie ertragen die Touristen-Highlights nicht mehr? Dann lassen Sie sich vom Reiz des Hässlichen verzaubern. Besuchen Sie die eklige Kaugummi-Wand in Seattle oder eine düstere Kohlemine in China. Und vergessen Sie nicht, dem Leitungswasser-Museum in Peking einen Besuch abzustatten... Diese und 98 weitere schrille Orte sorgen für bleibende Eindrücke und aufregende Geschichten, mit denen man zum Mittelpunkt jeder Party wird.

Traumpfade

Author: Bruce Chatwin
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783596509508
Format: PDF
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Englischer Autor (1940-1989). - Arkady Wolschok, ein Australier russischer Herkunft, führt den Erzähler in die mysteriöse Welt der Aborigines ein. Der Kosmopolit mit Universitätsabschluss hat Java, Indien, Afghanistan und große Teile Europas bereist. Nun versucht er im trocken-heißen Nordterritorium Australiens beim Straßen- und Eisenbahnbau oder bei Ölbohrungen zu verhindern, dass die heiligen Stätten der Aborigines zerstört werden. Aufbau: Traumpfade ist Reisebuch, Abenteuergeschichte, Ideenroman und Fortschrittssatire, geistige Autobiografie und romantische Komödie zugleich. Auf seiner Initiationsreise begegnet der Erzähler einem Panoptikum schräger Persönlichkeiten. Militante Ureinwohner verteidigen ihr Land gegen die Einflüsse der Zivilisation wie Fast Food, Alkoholismus und Umweltverschmutzung. Christliche Missionare wachen eifersüchtig über ihre”eingeborenen“Schafe, weiße Siedler breiten sich mit rücksichtsloser Arroganz aus. Bei seiner Wanderung durch das Land, das im 18. Jahrhundert von Sträflingen aus Großbritannien besiedelt wurde, trifft der Erzähler Trunkenbolde, Verrückte, Schurken und Heilige. Den Roman durchziehen Anekdoten und exotische Geschichten, grandiose Landschaftsbeschreibungen und Reflexionen über die menschliche Natur. Mitten im Erzählfluss tauchen Tagebuchnotizen und Interviews auf, u. a. mit dem Verhaltensforscher Konrad R Lorenz. Sagen, Legenden und Zitate von Buddha bis Arthur R Rimbaud, von R Herodot bis Søren R Kierkegaard verdichten das künstlerische Anliegen.

From the Holy Mountain

Author: William Dalrymple
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307948927
Format: PDF, Docs
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In the spring of A.D. 587, John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist embarked on a remarkable expedition across the entire Byzantine world, traveling from the shores of Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. Using Moschos’s writings as his guide and inspiration, the acclaimed travel writer William Dalrymple retraces the footsteps of these two monks, providing along the way a moving elegy to the slowly dying civilization of Eastern Christianity and to the people who are struggling to keep its flame alive. The result is Dalrymple’s unsurpassed masterpiece: a beautifully written travelogue, at once rich and scholarly, moving and courageous, overflowing with vivid characters and hugely topical insights into the history, spirituality and the fractured politics of the Middle East.

City Improbable Writings R E

Author: Khushwant Singh
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 0143415328
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‘Delhi is the twin of pure paradise, a prototype of the heavenly throne on an earthlyscroll’—Amir Khusrau A city of contradictions, where ancient traditions and modern aspirations jostle for space, Delhi has often been compared to a phoenix rising from the ashes. Its three thousand years of eventful history have witnessed the rise and fall of several empires, a process that continues today. City Improbable brings together writings by immigrants, residents, refugees, travellers and invaders who have engaged with India’s capital over different epochs. Babur shares his earliest experience of the city and Amir Khusrau praises the fine lads of Delhi; Ibn Battuta and Niccolao Manucci record the glories and follies of prominent rulers; William Dalrymple and Khushwant Singh provide intriguing accounts of the threshold period that saw the coming of the British and the waning of the Mughals. Poets and storytellers—Meer Taqi Meer, Ghalib, Yashpal, Kamleshwar, Ruskin Bond—narrate their versions of the city. Contemporary Delhi is featured in a variety of vignettes: the bureaucracy, the Emergency, the anti-Sikh violence, lovers and joggers in Lodi Gardens, the city’s Sufi legacy as well as its changing cuisine. Among the new pieces in this expanded edition are Sam Miller’s account of his experiences in the suburb of Noida, Manto’s story about a girl from Delhi leaving the city during Partition, Jarnail Singh’s unflinching recollection of the massacre of Sikhs in 1984, a photo essay on Shahpur Jat by Karoki Lewis, and a composite narrative by the young writers of the Cybermohalla Collective about the making of a resettlement colony.

Flavours Of Delhi

Author: Charmaine O'Brien
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9351182371
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Just as each ruler left his architectural mark on Delhi, so each bequeathed to it a culinary legacy. flavors of Delhi: A Food Lover’s Guide tells the story of Delhi through its food. It explores the city’s culinary history beginning with Indraprastha, taking us through the Sultanate period, Mughal rule and the British raj, and bringing us right up to the present. Professional chef and food writer Charmaine O’Brien’s love for Delhi and its culinary delights is evident. She tells us not only what to eat, but also where to eat it. From paranthas in the galis of Chandni Chowk to kakori kababs at the fancy Dum Pukht, from chaat at a roadside stall to appams at Keraleeyam, from fresh fruit and vegetables at INA Market to fish at Chittaranjan Park, O’Brien takes us on a guided tour through the capital, encouraging us to sample and savour as we see. History comes alive as the recipes in this book allow us to recreate the varied flavors of the city in our kitchens. The result of extensive travel and research, and lavishly illustrated with photographs taken by Kirsten Grant, Flavors of Delhi is a fascinating read that whets the reader’s interest and appetite.