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Chandni Chowk: The Mughal City of Old Delhi

Swapna Liddle (Author)

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 Shah, the Revolt of 1857, Partition.

Today, 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’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 kebabs.

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About the author

Swapna Liddle

Swapna Liddle works to raise awareness about the architectural and cultural history of Delhi. She is the author of many books, including Connaught Place and the Making of New Delhi, and Chandni Chowk: The Mughal City of New Delhi.

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Title Chandni Chowk: The Mughal City of Old Delhi
Author Swapna Liddle
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.02.2017
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Speaking Tiger
Language: English
isbn 9789386050670
length 196p., Black and White and Colour; Illustrations.