About the Book
Delhi has been often identified with the Red Fort
or the India Gate, but the history of this megalopolis is not restricted only
to these famous monuments. The history of Delhi is like a beautifully woven
tapestry, where the monuments and relics left behind by many of its rulers are
so located that the past may be recreated to relive history.
Why is the Chandni Chowk so named? What is the myth behind the shrine of Bakhtiyar Kaki? Who was Pir Ghaib and why was he so called? One may not be aware of the
final resting place of Delhi’s once-famous first and last woman Sultan, Razia Sultan. A passerby may not have given even a passing
glance to the almost dilapidated Mutiny Relic-the first evidence of India’s
struggle for freedom-that adorns the road opposite the GPO. Thousands
of Delhiites cross the foot overbridge,
popularly known as the Kauria Bridge, without being
aware of the real story behind that nomenclature.
Forgotten Delhi tries to answer most of these
questions in the words of a heritage walker. In a somewhat unorthodox manner,
the author unravels the myth and stories behind many of Delhi’s relics that
form an inseparable part of its heritage but are sadly being forgotten today.
About the Author
R.S. Sethi is a 1973 batch IAS officer of the AGMU (Arunachal
Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union territories) cadre. He studied at Mayo College,
Ajmer and St Stephens College, New Delhi. During his long service, he has held
many important positions in Delhi and elsewhere. He served as Deputy
Commissioner of Nicobar Islands and Development Commissioner of Port Blair. In
Delhi, he worked as Secretary to Lt Governor and held the posts of Deputy
Commissioner, District Magistrate, Administrator NDMC and Principal Secretary,
amongst other postings. He served in Punjab during the terrorist-affected years
of 1987-88. His other stints were in Goa and Arunachal Pradesh. He also served
in the Union Home Ministry as Joint Secretary. He attended a one year course at
the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi.
An avid photographer and traveller, Mr Sethi has trekked and climbed extensively in Kashmir, Garhwal, Nepal, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh. He has
authored books which include Emerald in the Deep Blue, Essential Gita, Upanishads and Koran as also the Theory of Karma.
Also in the pipeline is an interesting and significant travelogue entitled All
Over the Map.
Delhi: A Transition Through
Time Inside the Walled City
Buried Under Debris of Time
Reminiscing the Forgotten
The Lost Empire
Not Quite The Last Word
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