The djinns of Delhi

A classic Delhi facade takes you back in time, if only for a moment

Delhi is filled with old monuments — ghosts and shades of the past — tucked amid the modern hustle and bustle. I’ve been living here for months now and am still noticing new ones. The buildings, sometimes well-preserved as World Heritage Sites, sometimes tucked in neat gardens, sometimes all but ignored, are a reminder of how old this city is.

Most historians agree that there have been at least seven previous Delhis built here before. The British rebuilt and reengineered the eighth. I argue that the current renovations brought on by the Commonwealth Games, and middle-class wealth in general, should be considered Delhi IX.

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