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Author Lucy Peck has done a remarkable job. The book is one of the very few detailed and exhaustive documentations of the built heritage of Delhi available today. In collaboration with INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage), and drawing upon the INTACH listing of Delhi's monuments, the book takes us through the various eras of building in Delhi, while lucidly describing the position of the monuments in the architectural evolution of the city.
The book is divided into several chapters which focus on different geographical areas in the city, each corresponding to a certain period in history. Each chapter begins with a short historical background, thus making the appreciation of the buildings all the more fruitful. Every now and then, the buildings are supplemented with plans, elevations sections and photographs, making it easier for the reader to understand their form. Detailed maps are provided for each of the areas covered, with the buildings clearly marked out. There are many 'suggested walks' for the exploration of the various regions, along with helpful tips about the practicalities of reaching the monuments.
The most striking feature of the book is it's exhaustive nature. The author seems to have left no stone unturned. From the deserted ruins of Lal Kot, to the crowded localities of Nizamuddin or Shahjahanbad, the book extensively documents even the most obscure buildings which nonetheless occupy important positions in the historical and architectural evolution of the city. This, coupled with the book's easy to use layout and practical 'on the ground' approach, makes it an invaluable companion for the exploration of Delhi's past.
In short, the book is a MUST have for anyone interested in Delhi's built heritage.
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