Delhi, before Partition, was a confluence of cultures. Hindus and Muslims lived cheek by jowl in perfect harmony. The city boasted of many institutions of higher learning, one of the most prominent of them being Hindu College. This memoir gives a peek into the life of Delhi through the eyes of a middle-class dilliwala who was born and grew up in the Walled City. We are regaled with personal vignettes of the childhood and youth of a generation at the cusp of Independence. The changing face of Delhi before and after Partition is brought out in vivid detail. The author taught at Hindu College, Delhi for 41 years, of which for 15 years he guided its growth as Principal. With his intimate knowledge of Hindu College, he presents a remarkable chronicle of the men and matters connected with it. He also gives a rare insight into the life and times in Delhi University for those four decades. This book is an invaluable resource for those interested in both this ancient city and this great institution of national importance.
P. C. Verma was the illustrious Principal of Hindu College, Delhi, for 15 years (1980 to 1995), having joined the College in 1954. This memoir is a valuable resource of life, education and society in Delhi before the Partition and a personal history of Hindu College, and personalities and events connected with it, by a person who was intimately connected with this great institution.