To mark the 100 years of New Delhi (1911-2011), Hindustan Times has started a year-long celebration from the 1st of January. Many readers have sent their own memories and impressions of New Delhi as they have seen it over the years. Here are some of them. If you want to share yours as well, mail them to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Readers reaction | Note of appreciation
I would like to applaud HT for their commendable effort for carrying out a complete series - New Delhi 100 years, celebrating the Capital's centenary. The series has poised me to investigate further about the city's rich cultural past!
I convey my appreciation for your feature celebrating the hundred years of New Delhi. The city's history has been of both personal and professional interest to me.
US Jolly, retired principal
commissioner of DDA
It is a good attempt that Hindustan Times is writing about New Delhi on its completing 100 years after shifting capital from Calcutta to New Delhi. These pieces of write-ups are a good knowledge for us as well as for our children. Some of the facts and figures even we didn't know about making of the Viceroy's House (now Rashtrapati Bhawan).
It was a real pleasure to read your articles about the making of New Delhi in the Hindustan Times dated January 3 to 6 and I believe there are couple of more write-ups to follow up on the same topic.
Spend all my life in Delhi and never knew these things about the city. If only you could put all these articles under one head and made easily accessible from the Internet.
I enjoyed reading your article on the architects and contractors of New Delhi in the Hindustan Times. It made for enjoyable and informative reading, to say the least. What was a tad disappointing was your lack-of-mention of the most prominent and wealthiest amongst the contractors, Sardar Dharam Singh.
This man grew to become the wealthiest and largest builder in modern India, by any account. He was the single and sole provider for all the Dholpur stone that was used for India gate and Rastrapati Bhawan. His stone quarry was, in its time, the single largest in the world.
Perhaps his greatest quality was that in his Will, of which, I have a copy as I am his great-grand son, he left about 90 percent of his estate to charity - a fact which stunned many, including his own family members.