At litfest, a peek into Shah Jahan’s city

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Shahjahanabad, which we name Old Delhi now, used to have a legacy of non secular and temporal energy. The walled city has seen each grandeur and tragedy — it’s house to completely different parallels, stated writer and historian Swapna Liddle throughout a dialogue with theatre director Feisal Alkazi and author Rana Safvi at a session titled ‘Shahjahanabad: The Imperial City of Shah Jahan’ on the Times Litfest Delhi on Sunday.

“While its architecture, monuments and food is nothing less than majestic, the city’s narrow lanes and houses with huge courtyards also paint the picture of a close-knit community,” stated Liddle, including that the individuals who inhabited the outdated city have left however the pathos stays.

Liddle added that Shahjahanabad was well-planned and had all the pieces that a city wants. “If you closely look at maps of Shah Jahan’s capital, you will see that today’s Rajpath and Chandni Chowk are parallel roads. May be the Mughals were trying to draw a parallel. Yamuna and Nigambodh Ghat located so close to one another shows that life and death are just parallels,” she stated.

Feisal Alkazi stated Delhi would bustle with folks at the moment. “The Mughal empire was producing 30% of the world’s income and so it drew a lot of people towards it.”

Safvi added that not like the favored perception, a lot of different constructions had been additionally constructed throughout the time. “Jain temples and gurdwaras were built during the reign of the Mughals and so, it proves that they were not against any religion,” she stated.