Listed below are some of the books and articles that I consulted* while researching Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line:


Anand Vivek Taneja, Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi (Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 2018)

Ayona Datta, The Illegal City: Space, Law and Gender in a Delhi Squatter Settlement (Ashgate, Surrey, 2012)

Claire Snell-Rood, No One Will Let Her Live: Women’s Struggle for Well-Being in a Delhi Slum (University of California Press, Oakland, California, 2015)

Harsh Mander, Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India (Speaking Tiger, New Delhi, 2015)

Gautam Bhan, In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi (Orient Blackswan, New Delhi, 2016)

Kalyani Menon-Sen and Gautam Bhan, Swept Off the Map: Surviving Eviction and Resettlement in Delhi (Yoda Press, New Delhi, 2008)

Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum (Portobello Books, London, 2012)

Mayank Austen Soofi, Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District (Penguin Books, New Delhi, 2012)

Rana Dasgupta, Capital: The Eruption of Delhi (Canongate, Edinburgh, 2014)

Robert Neuwirth, Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World (Routledge, New York, London, 2005)  

Sanjay Srivastava, Entangled Urbanism: Slum, Gated Community, and Shopping Mall in Delhi and Gurgaon (Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2015)

Shalini Grover, Marriage, Love, Caste and Kinship Support: Lived Experiences of the Urban Poor in India (Social Science Press, Delhi, 2011; revised edition published by Routledge in 2017)


Amita Baviskar, ‘Between Violence and Desire: Space, Power, and Identity in the Making of Metropolitan Delhi,’ International Social Science Journal, 55, 89-98, 2003

Ayona Datta, ‘The Intimate City: Violence, Gender and Ordinary Life in Delhi Slums,’ Urban Geography, 37:3, 323-342, 2016

Ayona Datta, ‘Samudayik Shakti’: Working-Class Feminism and Social Organisation in Subhash Camp, New Delhi,’ Gender, Place and Culture, 14 (2), 215-231, 2007

Ayona Datta, ‘Spatialising Performance: Masculinities and Femininities in a Fragmented Field,’ Gender, Place, and Culture, 15 (2), 189-204, 2008

Devesh Vijay, ‘Falling Poverty, Rising Privations: Trends Over a Quarter Century in a Slum and a Village Near Delhi,’ Indian Journal of Public Administration, 63 (4), 595-615, 2017

Devesh Vijay, ‘Welfare Delivery: Observations from a Meerut Village and a Delhi Slum,’ Indian Journal of Public Administration, 62 (4), 820-844, 2016

Emilija Zabiliute, ‘Wandering in a Mall: Aspirations and Family among Young Urban Poor Men in Delhi,’ Contemporary South Asia, 24 (3), 271-284, 2016

Gautam Bhan, ‘From the Basti to the ‘House’: Socio-Spatial Readings of Housing Policy in India,’ Current Sociology, 65 (4), 587-602, 2017

Gautam Bhan, ‘The Impoverishment of Poverty: Reflections on Urban Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi,’ Environment and Urbanisation, 26 (2), 547-560, 2014

Jonah Steinberg, ‘The Social Life of Death on Delhi’s Streets: Unclaimed Souls, Pollutive Bodies, Dead Kin and the Kinless Dead,’ Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 80 (2), 248-271, 2015  

Rohan Kalyan, ‘The Magicians’ Ghetto: Moving Slums and Everyday Life in a Postcolonial City,’ Theory, Culture & Society, 31 (1), 49-73, 2014

Supriya Garikipati and Camile Boudot, ‘To Pad or Not to Pad: Towards Better Sanitary Care for Women in Indian Slums,’ Journal of International Development, 29, 35-51, 2017

Swati Janu, ‘On-the-Go Settlements: Understanding Urban Informality Through Its Digital Substructure,’ Urbanisation 2 (2), 116-134, 2017

Ursula Rao, ‘Making the Global City: Urban Citizenship at the Margins of Delhi,’ Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 75 (4), 402-424, 2010

*While I am deeply indebted to these books and articles, I alone am responsible for any errors in fact or judgement in my novel.