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Delhi's Historic Villages

Price : $64.75
ISBN # : 9780670084562
Author : Charles Lewis and Karoki Lewis
pages: 184
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Penguin
Published : 2012

Lavishly produced book that pays homage to the vibrancy and pathos of life in Delhi's villages

Delhi's landscape forms a dense pattern of the old and the new a maze of streets and dwellings where historic ruins rub shoulders with modern-day complexes and where the expanding city encroaches relentlessly on village settlements that date back centuries. Delhi's Historic Villages brilliantly captures this uneasy embrace of tradition and modernity. Eight villages have been singled out for the historical interest of medieval monuments in their midstfrom the ruins of Siri adjoining Shahpur Jat to the cluster of shrines in Mehrauli.

What emerges is a fascinating tapestry of word and image that illustrates the realities of everyday life in these urbanized villagesof communities living in a state of flux, forced to cope with the transition from a rural to an urban way of life. Karoki Lewis's stunning photographs reveal the effects of modernization on the majestic ruins and their immediate environment.

The supporting text by Charles Lewis provides an absorbing account of the history and present situation of these communities based on interviews with the villagers and extensive archival research.

Celebrating the unique character of each village, this lavishly produced new edition will resonate not only with discerning visitors to the city but with Delhi's own residents as well.

Author Bio: An award-winning photographer, Karoki Lewis's work is a mixture of travel and reportage, and has featured in a number of photographic books on India, as well as in newspapers, magazines and websites internationally, such as Geo, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Travel, Harpers & Queen, Cond Nast Traveler, Departures, Time and the BBC.

Charles Lewis read history at Cambridge and worked initially with with Allen & Unwin, later joining Oxford University Press. He has been in publishing most of his life and Delhi is his second home. He has co-authored Delhi's Historic Villages and Mehrauli: A View from the Qutb with his son Karoki.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 11 December, 2012.

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