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Jane Austen’s guide to Delhi

Understanding Delhi through the drawing room novels of England’s great novelist

entertainment Updated: Jul 17, 2010 01:10 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi

As Sonam Kapoor’s Aisha, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma, prepares for an August release, we discover that the 18th-century English novelist had hinted at various places in Delhi in her writings. Don’t believe us? Take a look at excerpts from her novels: “I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.”

Jane Austen in a Blueline bus
“To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”

Jane Austen in Lodhi Garden
“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other”.

Jane Austen in Khan Market
“Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.”

Jane Austen at F Bar & Lounge
“The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.”

Jane Austen in Karol Bagh
“Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.”

Jane Austen at New Delhi Railway Station
“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”

Jane Austen at India Habitat Centre
“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?”

Jane Austen in Mayur Vihar, Phase III
“I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.”

Jane Austen in GB Road
“Everybody likes to go their own way — to choose their own time and manner of devotion.”

Jane Austen in Saibaba Mandir on a Thursday evening
“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”

Jane Austen in Delhi Metro
“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.”

Jane Austen in Select Citywalk mall
“We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.”