Book Review: Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity – Sam Miller [TSS]

Title: Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity
Author: Sam Miller
ISBN: 9780312612375
Pages: 304
Release Date: July 20, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Non-Fiction, Travel
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

In this book, Sam Miller, a BBC correspondent based in Delhi, walks around his beloved adopted city and relates stories and history, giving the reader a sense of the unique personality of this vast metropolis.

Review:

I absolutely love travel books, so when I first heard about Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity by Sam Miller, I immediately knew I wanted to read it.  I’ve visited Delhi just once, but it left a striking impression upon my brain, so I was eager to see whether what I remembered actually was the truth. 

Delhi is a travelogue of the best kind.  Miller’s passion is to walk, so he tackles the city by walking in circles, in order to ensure he doesn’t miss anything.  He takes the reader by such famous landmarks as the Qutb Minar and the place where Mahatma Gandhi was killed, but also stops at the nameless ruins that have been forgotten by history.  Each section includes a map so the reader can see exactly where different buildings and temples Miller discusses are.

What I really enjoyed about Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity, though, is that Miller takes those beautiful, incredible ruins and structures and juxtaposes them against everyday life in the city.  While he’s walking from one landmark to another, he might stop and have a conversation with a photographer trying to make a living by selling silly pictures.  As a result, the reader gets a real sense of the dual nature of this city.  Delhi is beautiful and majestic at the same time it’s poor and its people are struggling. 

Miller also gives the reader the modern history of the city and visits places that are rarely touched by tourism.  Some of his experiences are funny, others are stomach wrenching.  All are honest and told with a deft hand and experienced eye.  Miller’s love for Delhi is clear on every page, even when he’s discussing difficult subjects that are usually swept under the rug.

I cannot recommend Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity highly enough.  It’s well-written, fascinating, and Miller’s descriptions are such that the reader can hear the sounds of the bustling city.  It’s a must for any armchair traveler, or anyone interested in learning more about India.

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Comments

  1. I have been to Delhi just once too but unfortunately it left a very negative impression on me. I would definitely like to read this book just to give Delhi another chance and see it from the eyes of someone who loves it. Nice review.

  2. I have been to Delhi just once too but unfortunately it left a very negative impression on me. I would definitely like to read this book just to give Delhi another chance and see it from the eyes of someone who loves it. Nice review.

  3. I love to read books like that and experience new places, even if it is vicariously.

  4. I love to read books like that and experience new places, even if it is vicariously.

  5. Sounds wonderful. India is top of my “someday” list, I suspect I would enjoy this book. Thank you for the review.

  6. Sounds wonderful. India is top of my “someday” list, I suspect I would enjoy this book. Thank you for the review.

  7. This sounds really interesting! I should read more travel books in the winter since I am stuck here with lots and lots of snow!

  8. This sounds really interesting! I should read more travel books in the winter since I am stuck here with lots and lots of snow!

  9. I love a good travel book and have a fascination with India so thank you for turning me onto this book!

  10. I love a good travel book and have a fascination with India so thank you for turning me onto this book!

  11. Ok, add another book to the TBR list! I have also only been to Delhi once, but I really liked it. The sites, the sounds, the food….

  12. Ok, add another book to the TBR list! I have also only been to Delhi once, but I really liked it. The sites, the sounds, the food….

  13. I have also been to Delhi once and loved it. We have bustle in Sri Lanka but not bustle to the extent you find in India! I would really like to get to this book eventually.

  14. I have also been to Delhi once and loved it. We have bustle in Sri Lanka but not bustle to the extent you find in India! I would really like to get to this book eventually.

  15. Ok, this one sounds like a book I need to read. I have a fascination with India, and love to read both fiction and non-fiction centered around it, so it sounds like I should not miss this book. Great review, as always! This goes on the list!

  16. Ok, this one sounds like a book I need to read. I have a fascination with India, and love to read both fiction and non-fiction centered around it, so it sounds like I should not miss this book. Great review, as always! This goes on the list!

  17. This one’s going straight to my TBR!

  18. This one’s going straight to my TBR!

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