Civil Lines, Old Delhi: A gently decaying building in old Delhi on the edge of Kashmere Gate and the brink of Delhi’s Civil Lines, settings best captured in 'Clear Light of Day', Anita Desai’s moving autopsy of family bonding. Civil Lines was developed in 1857, the year of the great uprising. European families who lived in the walled city shifted to set up abode in the land between the ridge bordering Delhi University and the Yamuna river. When they left, the sprawling bungalows and unkempt gardens went to rich Indians. Even today, when Delhiites supercilously state that they grew up in Old Delhi, they mean they came from rich homes in Civil Lines.