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No Matter What, Delhi Is, After All, My Delhi!

Authors: Ramesh Dhussa*, Drake University
Topics: Environmental Perception, Cultural Geography, Asia
Keywords: Literary geography,Geographic Images,Delhi, Manohar Shyam Joshi
Session Type: Paper
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Well known Hindi writer Manohar Shyam Joshi was not born in Delhi, nor was he raised, brought up, or educated in Delhi. Yet, he has lived in Delhi for such a long time that he says he subconsciously considers himself a “Delhiwala” (a Delhiite).
Looking back, he recalls that he got the opportunity to live in Delhi for the first time in 1940, when his father came to Delhi from Rajasthan for getting medical treatment from his friend, Doctor Nilambar Chintamani Joshi. At that time, they lived near Dr. Joshi’s clinic and hospital, located in the East Park Road in Karol Bagh. It was a newly built double story house. During those days, besides the Tibia College, the clinic was the only building in that area. In the front of the hospital, on the opposite side, there were two bungalows. Those bungalows were built by the father of Mr. Murli Manohar Joshi. Later, the Tightlar School was opened in one of the bungalows. During Joshi’s childhood days, the Karol Bagh was much less populated. It was a vacant, much less built up place. Joshi recalls that during the early 1940s, the New Delhi spanned Barakhambha, Raisina and the D.I.Z. area. This region was also popularly known as the “Colony of Gora People”. Indians used to walk around this area with caution.

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