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R.V. Smith came to Delhi as a young journalist in the fifties of the last century. His hobby for several years was to travel through the city, collecting stories about and histories of its many monuments, known and unknown. The Delhi that No-one Knows brings together R.V. Smith's writings, presenting them as an unconventional introduction to the city. The legends, myths and folklore surrounding these monuments and how the author chanced upon these delightful tales together give the book its unique appeal. The writings are grouped into four sections, 'South Delhi', 'Shahjahanabad', 'Lal Qila' and 'Beyond the City Walls', for those who wish to follow in the author's footsteps.
Dr narayani Gupta in her 'Foreword' explains why this book is a valuable addition to the literature on Delhi.