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 these days I am doing it via the social media platform.

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: Historical Trails in Mehrauli, the First City of Delhi, The Forgotten Cities of Delhi, and Tales from the Quran and Hadith and translator of Syed Ahmad Khan s Asar us Sanadid and Zahir Dehlvi s Dastan-e-Ghadar and 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 am a columnist with The Hindu and Daily O

Contributor to all major newspapers and magazines

You can contact me on hazrat.e.dilli@gmail.com