About Me

Welcome , Swagatam and Khushamdeed to Hazrat-e-Dilli

Come, explore and fall in love the Beauties of Delhi (Dilli ki Ranaiya’n) and the World with me, Rana Safvi

I have a masters in medieval history from the prestigious Centre for Advanced Studies, Dept. of History, AMU.

A firm believer in our Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb, I am passionate about gaining and sharing knowledge and documenting India’s rich cultural heritage via my books, articles, blogs and videos.

My personal twitter handle is @iamrana and for history / culture buffs i tweet under


If you are interested in Urdu and Urdu shayri I tweet under @urdualfaz and @shairoftheday

I am the the author of Where Stones Speak – The Delhi Trilogy : 1. Historical Trails in Mehrauli, the First City of Delhi

  1. The Forgotten Cities of Delhi

  2. Shahjahanabad The Living City of Old Delhi

  3. Tales from the Quran and Hadith

  4. translator of Syed Ahmad Khan s Asar us Sanadid

  5. Translator- Zahir Dehlvi s Dastan-e-Ghadar

  6. Translator -City of my Heart (4 accounts from 19th and 20th century).

My blog is a repository of her writings on Indian culture, food, heritage and age-old traditions. I am the founder and moderator of the hashtag #Shair on Twitter, a forum that has revived popular interest in Urdu poetry in a major way.

I was a columnist with The Hindu and Daily O

Contributor to all major newspapers and magazines

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