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  • Chandni Chowk
  • Swapna Liddle
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  • 23 November 2020
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Read Å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Swapna Liddle Chandni Chowk Read & Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook What we know today as Chandni Chowk was once a part of one of the greatest cities of the world the imperial city established by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the seventeenth century and named after him Shahjahanabad This is the story of how the city came to be established its grandeur as the capital of an empire at its peak and its important role in shaping the language and culture of North India It is also the story of the many tribulations the city has seen the invasion of Nadir. As someone who grew up in Delhi it is incredible the depths of time this city has been standing since William Dalrymple has some excellent books on the matter and this one too by Swapna Liddle was a splendid read to learn about the lives of the people of ancient Delhi all the way to the present times The first half of the book meanders a bit seeming like random facts stitched together without continuity but the book than makes up for this in the second half with good writing and penetrative insightsThe iconic Red fort photo circa March 2019 built by Emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad present day Chandni Chowk the history of which this book elucidates The location where the legendary Peacock throne which cost twice as much as the entire construction of the Taj Mahal used to stand inside the Red Fort s Diwan i Khas

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Read Å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Swapna Liddle Chandni Chowk Read & Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook S haveli is now Bhagirath Palace a sprawling electronics market and no visit to Chandni Chowk is complete without a meal at Karim’s whose chefs use recipes handed down to them through the ages for their mouth watering biriyani and kebabsSwapna Liddle draws upon a wide variety of sources such as the accounts of Mughal court chroniclers travellers’ memoirs poetry newspapers and government documents to paint a vivid and dynamic panorama of the city from its inception to recent time. The royal mindpays full attention to the planning and constructionthe majority of buildings he designs himself and on the plans prepared by skilful architects after long consideration he makes appropriate alternations and amendments Abdul Hamid Lahori chief historian of Shahjahan s reign p3 Chandni Chowk Mirza Shahabuddin Baig Muhammad Khan Shah Jahan third son of Jahangir also known as Salim and grandson of the great Mughal emperor Akbar ascended the throne on 14th February 1628 in Agra Akbar had presided over some remarkable developments in arts paintings and architecture but his grandson Shah Jahan was obsessed with monuments and architecture like his great grandfather Timur who built the city of SamarkandIt is during his reign that Shah Jahan commissioned a number of buildings best known among them the Taj Mahal for his favorite wife Mumjaz Mahal Once the Taj Mahal was completed Shah Jahan s attention went on to build another monument like the Agra Fort but at a much larger scale A mission was sent around to find the next spot and Delhi by the Yamuna River was chosen to be where the Red Fort was to be constructed On 12th May 1639 the foundation stone was laid exactly 368 years agoIn her book Chandni Chowk author and historian Swapna Liddle recounts with vivid detail the making of the historic now an UNESCO World Heritage Site from 2007 Red Fort and the growth of the area around it to be known as Shahjahanabad which is now called Chandini Chowk The book has borrowed from her unpublished PhD thesis in some chapters like 4 and 5 The scholar and historian of the 19th Century Delhi has in this book covered the entire period of Shah Jahan s reign in Delhi and the final take over by his own son Aurangzeb when Shah Jahan fell uite ill and died on May 9 1666 Mayhem ruled thereafter as Aurangzeb beheaded Dara Sikoh the eldest son and heir apparent of Shah Jahan much to the grief and disgust of the people of Shahjahanabad Then until 1809 a reign of instability continued till the British take over in 1809 What I especially liked in the book is the feel of Shahjahanabad and it gave me a taste of the culture of the place and although the Mughal women were much in pardah then as well when you look at this fact that the area called Chandni Chowk was designed mainly by Shah Jahan s favourite daughrer Jahanara All the important mosues in the city were built by members of the royal family Somewhat to the west of Fatehpuri mosuewhich was built by Fatehpuri Begam was Sirhindi Masjid built by Sirhindi Begam At the northern end of Faiz Bazar was the Akbarabadi Masjid built by Akbarabadi Begum All the ladies were wives of Shahjahan and were known by appellations that referred to the towns where they came from instead of having their personal names taken in public p17 Chandni Chowk There was a general hustle bustle around Shahjahanabad alive from morning to night with activities jewellery elaborately embroidered clothing horses horse cart entertainment halls rich men s havelis and the like As the Mughal empire weakened over the years people came from outside and made their living uarters there It was however Nadir Shah who traveled from Turk and decisively defeated the Mughal force Since Shah Jahan it really never was the same Gradually in 1809 the British wanting to increase their territory came into Red Fort and took the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah and put him in exile in Burma After many years of ups and downs an era of stability reigned under the Company s Rule to be disturbed by the 1857 Mutiny which started in Meerat and continued briefly in Delhi at Chandni Chowk Soon the British were to make their new Capital City in Delhi and they would put a cover on Shahjahanabad as unfavourable for their Imperial capital city The author Swapna Liddle has packed in a lot in this one book and really it must be read if you love Delhi But so if you want to preserve in your mind and on your bookshelfKindle the history which is fast erasing out as new politics spread across the countryuoting from a review which best describes what has gone into the book Swapna Liddle draws upon a wide variety of sources such as the accounts of Mughal court chroniclers travellers memoirs poetry newspapers and government documents to paint a vivid and dynamic panorama of the city from its inception to recent times Ref Madhulika Liddle s Review on GoodreadsParting lines I would so much love to uote from the book A famous courtesan of the times was Nur Bai who enjoyed a rich lifestyle Apart from being an accomplished singer she had a critical taste for poetry brilliant conversational skills and an extremely sophisticated manner It is rumoured that many had suandered their fortunes for the pleasure of her company Those less talented could rely on sensationalism One courtesan was notorious for her style of dress for instead of wearing any garment on her lower limbs she would have her skin painted to mimic fabric This would then show through her sheer outer clothing and until closely scrutinized would give the appearance of a garment p59 Chandni Chowk Just imagine She had set up a fashion we are following now 368 years later

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Read Å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Swapna Liddle Chandni Chowk Read & Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Shah the Revolt of 1857 PartitionToday Shahjahanabad has been subsumed under the gigantic sprawl of metropolitan Delhi Yet it has an identity that is distinct Popularly known as Chandni Chowk its name conjures up romantic narrow streets a variety of street food and exotic markets For Shahjahanabad is still very much a living city though the lives of the people inhabiting it have changed over the centuries Dariba Kalan still has rows of flourishing jewellers’ shops; Begum Samru’. A perfect summary of how the imperial city of Shahjahanabad was built and evolved over centuries The book has almost all the details of the architecture social structures governance power sharing violence art and culture of the city in a perfect chronological order Would have liked it so if the text was accompanied by a map and the poetry was written in its native script