Talk Of The Town
Nimi Kurian in The Hindu
Young Word section
Twelve cities, twelve stories –
a compilation that will give you an idea of what Indian
cities are made up of.
An absolutely delightful way to learn Indian History.
Jerry Pinto and Rahul Srivastava have come up with a
brilliant book that takes you on a tour of 12 cities
in India. The history of the city is appealing and snappy
bringing alive the magic of the city.
So, keep aside your history book and read Talk of the
Town to understand how it all happened. Then, go back
to your history text and you will find everything makes
Little known facts
Beginning with “Bangalore: The city is with IT”,
the tour takes you through Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai,
Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Shillong
There are some facts that many don’t know about.
For example, everyone knows that Le Corbusier ‘designed’
Chandigarh. Did you know that a young engineer named
P.L. Verma chose the appropriate site for the city and
Albert Mayer, was appointed to create the city and his
partner Albert Nowicki sketched the conceptual schemes?
But then tragedy struck and Nowicki died in a plane
crash and a devastated Mayer withdrew from the project.
It was then that le Corbusier was invited to carry these
plans through. Did you know that in the 17th century,
Bhopal was ruled by a Gond queen – Kamalavati
and “she represented the rich cultural traditions
of the Gonds. These allowed for an equal relationship
between women and men and a less rigid practice of the
caste system.” Four generations of women –
the famous Begums of Bhopal, ruled the city-state of
Bhopal for more that 100 years.
That Bombay was given as a dowry to Charles II for his
marriage to Portuguese princess Catherine de Braganza
is common knowledge. But the fact that Charles thought
the islands were somewhere in Brazil may come as a shock
At the end of every studied write up about a city there
is a small personal anecdote giving the reader a glimpse
of the heart of the city. All in all, an interesting
book, packed tight with facts.
Talk Of The Town
By Jerry Pinto and Rahul Srivastava
Price: Rs. 199