Untold Story of Lutyens’ Delhi - A Journey to the Modern Incarnation of the City Through the Generations

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The book traces the background of the decision to shift the capital to New Delhi, how it was conceived, designed and built at the beginning of the 20th century. Stonecraft maestro Nanig Ram's contribution to the construction of various landmark structures has been described.

Coming up of age of Nanig Ram's successors is the next transition captured. The first-hand account of living through communal riots in New Delhi after 1947 partition has been poignantly brought out. Interesting account of the daily life of the family, through the evolving socio-cultural practices in 1950s and 1960s in Delhi follow next.

Imperial Cinema's journey from silent era films to giant screen, ending with curtain down, depicts the transition of the institution at various stages in the life of Delhi's social calendar. Story of emergence of Baba Saheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar as champion of social justice is recounted. His role in mentoring Bankey Lal to important public positions is brought out

Pen portrait of four primary characters of the family, who made meaningful impact, follows in fascinating details. Two towering ladies, who shaped lives of the author's generation find their rightful place next- Dadi and Amma.

Two fictional pieces bring down the curtain on this chronicle in the "Twilight zone".

About the Author: Ambassador V. B. Soni, apart from Delhi and Allahabad Universities, went to Balliol College. While at University of Oxford, he earned distinction in International Politics. He is a seasoned diplomat, with a distinguished career spanning 35 years. He served in various capacities in Indian diplomatic missions in Moscow, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur and London (1967 to 1983). He was Consul-General of India in Sydney (Australia), Ambassador of India to Senegal, High Commissioner of India to Jamaica and Fiji (1986-1997). He wound up his diplomatic career as Ambassador of India to Ukraine (1997-2002). He has represented India and often headed official Indian delegations to many international conferences.

On retirement from Government of India, Ambassador Soni joined the corporate sector, becoming Chairman of Overseas Infrastructure Alliance (India) Ltd. (2005-2015). He was responsible for the company's multimillion dollar turn over.

In electronic and print media Ambassador Soni is a frequent and popular invitee for his candid and eloquent views on topics of international significance. He is associated with leading think tanks like Indian Council of World Affairs, Indian Defence Studies and Analyses, and India International Centre. He is often invited to deliver lectures on wide varied subjects and preside over international seminars abroad and in India. He also frequently contributes articles and chapters to prestigious periodicals/journals and books.

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: White Falcon Publishing; 1 edition (July 2024)
  • Author: V. B. Soni
  • ISBN-13: 9798892223348
  • Product Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 inch

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