By Swapna Liddle
What we all know at the present time as Chandni Chowk used to be part of one of many maximum towns of the world—the imperial urban verified through the Mughal emperor Shahjahan within the 17th century, and named after him—Shahjahanabad. this is often the tale of ways town got here to be validated, its grandeur because the capital of an empire at its height, and its vital function in shaping the language and tradition of North India. it's also the tale of the various tribulations the town has seen—the invasion of Nadir Shah, the rebellion of 1857, Partition.
Today, Shahjahanabad has been subsumed less than the big sprawl of metropolitan Delhi. but it has an id that's exact. Popularly often called Chandni Chowk, its identify inspires romantic slender streets, numerous highway meals and unique markets. For Shahjahanabad remains to be greatly a residing urban, notwithstanding the lives of the folk inhabiting it have replaced over the centuries. Dariba Kalan nonetheless has rows of flourishing jewellers’ outlets; Begum Samru’s haveli is now Bhagirath Palace, a sprawling electronics industry, and no stopover at to Chandni Chowk is entire and not using a meal at Karim’s, whose cooks use recipes passed all the way down to them throughout the a while for his or her mouth-watering biriyani and kebabs.
Swapna Liddle attracts upon a wide selection of resources, reminiscent of the debts of Mughal courtroom chroniclers, visitors’ memoirs, poetry, newspapers and executive records, to color a bright and dynamic landscape of town from its inception to contemporary times.
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Chandni Chowk: The Mughal City of Old Delhi by Swapna Liddle