By Rana Dasgupta
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2015 'A marvelous portrait of Delhi immediately' - SALMAN RUSHDIE 'An mind-blowing travel de strength by way of a tremendous author on the top of his powers' - WILLIAM DALRYMPLE it truly is stated of Indian towns that Calcutta, the previous British capital, owned the 19th century, Bombay, centre of movies and companies, possessed the 20th, whereas Delhi, seat of politics, has the twenty-first. The growth following the outlet up of India's financial system within the early Nineteen Nineties plunged its capital urban right into a tumult of destruction and production: slums and markets have been bulldozed or burnt down, and purchasing shops and residence blocks erupted from the ruins - or upon agricultural land taken over within the pursuits of commercial and modernization. monstrous fortunes have been made, and within the glassy shops lining the recent highways, shoppers paid for worldwide luxurious with luggage of money. in the meantime, thousands of individuals from the agricultural hinterland streamed into the newly shaped 'National Capital zone' searching for paintings, which they typically came upon developing, cleansing or guarding the houses of the more and more prosperous heart category. The transformation of the town was once stern, abrupt and unequal, and it gave upward thrust to new and bewildering emotions. Delhi brimmed with ambition and rage. strange crimes stole the headlines. In his first paintings of non-fiction, Rana Dasgupta indicates us this new Delhi during the eyes of its humans. With the lyricism and empathy of a novelist, he is taking us via a chain of encounters - with billionaires and bureaucrats, drug buyers and steel investors, slum dwellers and psychoanalysts - which plunge us into the city's intoxicating, and occasionally terrifying, tale of capitalist transformation.