Delhi: Adventures In Megacity, By Sam Miller

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The Independent Culture

Even the locals often don't like Delhi very much. They prefer the glamour of Mumbai or the culture of Kolkata to India's brash, harsh metropolis in a hurry.

Delhi resident and BBC staffer, Sam Miller chose the oddest way to evoke the eccentric charms and historic depths of his home town. He walked around it – and not just in straight lines, but in surreal spiral treks.

They take him and us from landfill site to Lutyens bungalow, plush suburb to reeking shanty-town, pirate software market to deserted Ridge, in engrossing routes that lead far beyond Chandni Chowk or Connaught Place.

The outcome is a uniquely revealing travelogue, closer in spirit to WG Sebald and Iain Sinclair than the usual nostalgia-fest or trend-hunting of Britons' books about India.

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