There are a number of legends associated with the origin of the name ‘Delhi’, yet poets often say it’s the city of the large-hearted, or bade dilwallahs. For a tourist, navigating the city may seem like a daunting task, especially without the help of a local. Yet those who have explored its true spirit have left immensely rewarded.
One such adventurer is Fiona Caulfield. Originally from Australia, Caulfield now lives in India and has brought her exploratory tales to life in the form of the book, 401 Reasons to Fall in Love with Delhi.
Written in collaboration with Andaz Delhi, the luxury lifestyle hotel of Hyatt Hotels in the capital, 401 Reasons… is a travel guide that, as the name suggests, lists out 401 reasons—one each for the guest rooms at Andaz Delhi, ranging from food, architecture, culture, devotion and nature—to visit the city.
Each reason has been carefully catalogued by Caulfield with inputs from environmentalist Pradip Krishen, British architect and long-time Delhi resident Lucy Peck and food writer Charmaine O’ Brien.
Ranging from sensory marvels like the Ghazipur flower market to architectural wonders like the Ghaziuddin mosque, the book is the ultimate guide to Old and New Delhi.
At the end of the day, 401 Reasons… nudges the reader to peep out of the window of their cabs more often to gather the stray bits of trivia scattered across the city.