In this memoir, the author recounts his experiences of growing up in Delhi during a period of ‘Biswin Sadi’— the 20th century, when it felt like a new age had just begun, although it’s already mid-century.
Living in a suburb of South Delhi called Nizamuddin East, with ruins of Mughal era buildings scattered all across, he recalls the people displaced by partition, piecing together their lives. An Anglo-Indian family— survivors of a vanishing tribe, living in a world of their own. A publisher of an Urdu magazine called Biswin Sadi, who had migrated from Lahore. An English-medium private school, resplendent with symbols of undivided Punjab, attempting to prepare leaders for taking over the reins of power, in a newly independent country.
By employing the metaphor of Hindi films the author paints a kaleidoscopic picture of the bygone century…those times without e-mail, or mobile phones.
About the Author
Born in 1960, Jamil Urfi completed his schooling from Delhi and later studied at the Aligarh Muslim University, University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and in England. As a campus correspondent for Youth Times — a youth magazine published by the Times of India group, he reported on social and political events from his university. Urfi has written several books and has also edited an anthology of writings on Indian birds. He has an abiding interest in history, architecture, period publications and popular cinema of the 1960s and 70s — themes which figure prominently in this book. He lives and works in Delhi.
ISBN (Epub): 978-93-86301-76-5
ISBN (Mobi): 978-93-86301-77-2
ISBN (Pdf): 978-93-86301-78-9