Amrita Pritam’s Dilli Ki Galiyan Book Review


Dilli Ki Galiyan is one of the simplest writings of Amrita Pritam that I have read. Also, the story is written in a relatively simple manner. Or maybe, I have grown up to understand the complexities in her writing.

Dilli Ki Galiyan by Amrita Pritam

Dilli Ki Galiyan by Amrita Pritam

Furthermore, familiarity with her writing style makes it easier to grasp the emotions she is trying to portray. In her typical style, she explores the emotions of a woman. A woman living and working in Delhi. And how she deals with various emotions. Emotions that she evokes in people she meets during her work assignments as a columnist in a daily newspaper.

Having Delhi as a backdrop, Dilli Ki Galiyan talks about how vulnerable a woman can be in the Capital City. Vulnerable emotionally and physically. And how strong she has to be to deal with the reactions people have when she does not behave or respond to them as they would have liked her to. But at the same time, there are these two characters that give the protagonist all the support that she needs to deal with these issues and lead her life with stability. In a way conveying that we all need that emotional anchor in our lives whose presence gives us the stability that we need.


Dilli Ki Galiyan (Hindi: दिल्ली की गलियाँ, lit. “The Streets of Delhi”) is a Hindi novel by Amrita Pritam, first published in 1946. The novel tells the story of Kamini, a young journalist who struggles to make a name for herself in the male-dominated world of journalism. The novel also explores the themes of love, loss, and social commentary.

Kamini is a strong and independent woman who is determined to succeed in her career. She is passionate about journalism and is committed to telling the truth, even when it is difficult. However, she faces many challenges as a woman in a male-dominated field. She is often underestimated and discriminated against, and she has to work twice as hard to prove herself.


Despite the challenges she faces, Kamini never gives up on her dreams. She eventually achieves success as a journalist, and she uses her platform to speak out against social injustice. The novel ends with Kamini’s marriage to Nasir, a Muslim man. Their marriage is a symbol of hope and tolerance in a world that is often divided by religion and prejudice.

Dilli Ki Galiyan is a powerful and moving novel that explores the themes of love, loss, social commentary, and the struggle for female empowerment. It is a classic of Hindi literature that is still relevant today.


Here are some additional details about the novel:

  • The novel is set in Delhi, India, during the 1940s.
  • It is divided into three parts: “The Streets of Delhi,” “The Struggle,” and “The Victory.”
  • It was inspired by Amrita Pritam’s own experiences as a journalist.
  • The novel has been translated into several languages, including English, Urdu, and Punjabi.

Dilli Ki Galiyan is a well-written and engaging novel that is sure to stay with you long after you finish reading it. It is a must-read for anyone interested in Hindi literature, women’s empowerment, or social commentary.

Recommend you read the following review of the book by Amrita Pritam

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  1. I havent read “Dilli ki Galiyan” But surely agree to the view that we all need an emotional anchor in our lives whose presence gives us the stability that we need badly.

  2. Yes Ashi, I hope you have found that emotional anchor…:-)

    Avik, Yes this is written in Hindi, I have read couple of her books in Punjabi too…

  3. Hello Mam If you can provide me the address of Imroz Sir it will be a great help….I desperately need it… Thanks


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