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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

 Delhi 100

Missed opportunity

Civil Lines, which served as a temporary Capital was also considered as a site for New Delhi

Littering the city in a ‘spit’ second

Delhiites of every generation have had a rather curious way of appreciating grand architecture — by spitting on the walls and throwing around filth.

Breathing life into New Delhi

In design, the makers of Her Majesty's new Capital in India had thought of everything.

CP's blueprint: Bath's Crescent

In 19th century England, social life in cities and towns traditionally revolved around a central plaza with its shopping arcades, eateries and hotels.

The heart of Delhi, even then

In the 1930s, two decades into the new Capital and a few years after New Delhi was formally inaugurated, it was Connaught Place that held all the indicators of how the new city was doing, and where it was headed. Avishek G Dastidar reports.

As English as it could get!

Connaught Place, the Capital’s grandest and most famous shopping complex, had a not-so-grand beginning. In fact, when CP, with its spacious verandahs and lofty white arcades, was ready for occupation in 1933, it had no takers. Manoj Sharma writes.

A number of shops at Connaught Place boast of a rich legacy

Manoj Sharma, along with HT lensmen Raj K Raj and Virendra Singh Gosain, indulges in some window shopping to find out what has made them so special all these years...

When CP was home to many

It wasn't always only about just shopping and eating out in the Connaught Circus. Today's central business district once played host to many families who had moved to houses in Connaught Place. But over the decades, very few residents remain. A peek into the past.

Memories of a forgotten city

Of the many ways of learning about a city’s history, one of the most interesting must be to live in it.

Once royal, today old world

Sitting right opposite a makeshift dump yard and flanked by grimy wholesale shops selling car tyres, it’s pretty hard to believe that this nondescript budget hotel is a witness to the many ups and downs of the Capital’s 100-year-old history.

Turning the pages of Delhi’s history

Century-old books, paintings and sketches of Delhi’s monuments—one man’s collection has it all. Sidhartha Roy

Fountainhead of imperialist mission

If the construction of a new Capital for British India out of a barren, rocky piece of land was a logistical challenge, the Government House (Rashtrapati Bhavan) was its biggest endeavour. Sidhartha Roy writes.

Perfect, balanced blend of East and West

The initial inspiration for the layout of New Delhi, it is believed, came from Washington DC and that of the Government House from Capitol Hill of the same city. However, by the time the Viceroy’s House came up, it showcased a unique confluence of western and Indian styles. Sidhartha Roy writes.

Changing contours

The Parliament House, earlier known as the Council House, was built to accommodate the growing participation of Indians in the British Government. The circular structure now houses the largest democracy of the world.

Parliament House: 144 pillars of pride

When you think of the Parliament House, the seat of Indian democracy, the first image that comes to the mind is that of a majestic circular building with its landmark colonnaded verandah. Hard to imagine, then, that the building was originally planned to be a triangular structure.
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