The great Indian intellectual U.R. Ananthamurthy once remarked that the Indian writer is luckier than his Western counterpart, for he lives simultaneously in the 12th and 21st centuries, and in every century in between. This is certainly true of Delhi, and it provides the city both with its biggest problems and its greatest boons. The close juxtaposition of different worlds, disjointed in time, may make the city dangerous and violent, but it also gives its beauty, its energy, its fascination, and it makes it what it is.
From: Delhi, Monster Metropolis by William Dalrymple