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1001 Images of Taj Mahal: A Great Wonder of the World

 
Rupinder Khullar (Author)
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Taj Mahal, the world's best known tomb and also one of the most eclectic creations of man, encapsulates a timeless love story of a great emperor and his beautiful wife. When a grieving Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal emperor built this icon of white luminous marble as a tribute to his departed wife Mumtaz Mahal, it was more than just art and architecture; it was a great eulogy to sublime love. Everyone who visits the Taj, takes away his or her impressions and experiences of the mausoleum. Innumerable romantic tales and colourful fantasies have been woven around it. Writers, poets, artists, photographers and avid travellers are drawn towards it time and again. The smooth marble veneer of the Taj is responsive to every change or shift in light so that it acquires a different look at different times of the day and during different seasons. The benign rays of the sun lend a soft purple hue to it at dawn which changes to a dazzling white during the harsh noon, appearing gloriously golden against the backdrop of the setting sun and divinely luminous on a moonlit light. Each season brings forth its own subtle variations and the clouds in the sky above create a quicksilver play of light and shadow during the rains. This book is a culmination of two decades of relentless work. Enamoured by Taj's Pristine beauty and ever-changing quicksilver quality, Rupinder Khullar has captured this magnificent mausoleum from every conceivable angle, in different seasons of the year and at various times of the day. Ever responsive to faint shifts of light, to the play of clouds and the drama of sunrise and sunset, Taj Mahal continues to entrance visitors regardless of how often they visit this monument, built by a great Mughal monarch for his wife. As someone who has been photographing the Taj for so many years, Rupinder Khullar shares with us his knowledge of its architecture and the arts that went into its embellishment, in this splendid celebration of one of the world's greatest monuments.

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About the author

Rupinder Khullar

Rupinder Khullar has been clicking pictures with his prized Nikon ever since he was a teenager. Living amidst the scenic beauty of Uttaranchal's capital Dehradun, he inherited this passion from his hobbyist photographer father, whom he often accompanied on his travels in the hills. A leading travel photographer, Rupinder Khullar has captured India's art, architecture, cities, monuments, religions, people and natural wonders for four decades. His arresting and wide ranging body of travel photography has been published in many books and publications. Among them India, Land of Celebration, Flowering trees, Shrubs and Climbers of India, Kashmir: A Pageant of Seasons, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, Divine Love-Images of Inner Joy: His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Shri Harimandar Sahib have been widely appreciated. He currently resides in New Delhi, with his family. His wife Reeta has been actively involved in all his books, besides authoring a few of them. She has also contributed articles and photo features on travel to various publications. She holds a masters in literature and mass communication.

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Bibliographic information

Title 1001 Images of Taj Mahal: A Great Wonder of the World
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.02.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher R.K. Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788190757805
length 360p., 978 Colour Plates; Figures; Bibliography; 33cm.