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In The Shadow of The Taj (A portrait of Agra)

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In The Shadow of The Taj (A portrait of Agra)

In The Shadow of The Taj (A portrait of Agra)

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Item Code: NAG631
Author: Royina Grewal
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788129129796
Pages: 278
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.5 inch X 5 inch
weight of the book: 225 gms
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About the Book

 

The Taj Mahal is synonymous with Agra. But, as Royina Grewal discovers in her wanderings, there is much more to the city. Its strategic location on important trade routes attracted empire-builders from the Lodhis to the Mughals and the British, each of whom left their mark. Now, however, Agra has fallen prey to apathy and neglect. Large parts of the city have succumbed to decay and haphazard development, and the Yamuna River has become a stream of sludge. Only the spirit and enterprise of the everyday inhabitants of the once- glorious city sustain it.

 

Juxtaposing the past with the present, delving into myth and history, and drawing upon her interactions with the city’s diverse population, the author takes the reader on a fascinating journey through Agra, exploring its lanes and by-lanes and its attractions other than the Taj, even as she investigates the significance of the monument in the lives of the locals. As she helps us understand the reasons for Agra’s spectacular decline, she also shows us signs of hope, looking at ways in which the city can be restored to some of its former glory. This revised edition of In the Shadow of the Taj is not just an ode to the city’s past, but also offers deep and often surprising insights into its present, and its future.

 

About the Author

 

Royina Grewal has written Sacred Virgin, Travels along the Narmada, In Rajasthan: A Travelogue as well as The Book of Ganesha. Besides her books, her interest in history has been expressed through the six son-et-lumiere productions she has conceived, scripted and directed. Royina and her family divide their time between Delhi and an organic farm in Rajasthan.

 

Contents

 

Breath of a Rose

1

The Lion in Summer

27

Man and Angel

52

Christians, Kashmiris and Kothewalis

77

Magnitude in Miniature

102

That Nightingales May Not Weep

127

The Golden Mile

144

Teardrop on the Cheek of Time

171

Only for a Pitcher

202

Rule Britannia

221

The Moonlit Garden

237

Acknowledgements

269

 

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