Photographer's Note

Is there anything I can say about the Taj Mahal that hasn't already been said? I dont think so.

Is there anyway I can show this monument of love the way it has already not been shown? Its well worth a try, but its very, very difficult.

Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj was completed in 1659 after 22 years of work by 20,000 artisans. The postcard picture of Taj Mahal does not adequately convey the legend, the poetry and the romance that shroud what Rabindranath Tagore described "a teardrop on the cheek of time". The English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold described it as "Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperors love wrought in living stones."

The Taj changes its colour through the day, pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden in the falling light of the evening, as you see here. These changes, they say, depict the different moods of woman :-)

From every angle, the Taj is also a building of extraordinary physical balance. The minarets display the Taj Mahal's penchant for symmetry. I decided to challenge this aspect of symmetry using a different perspective .was very difficult though, with an ocean of people that day on account of holiday (Christmas), I guess around 40,000 visitors that day in Taj (thats what the security fellow told me, a rough estimate Im sure). So this is one view of the famous monument with all its elegance & beauty.

This is my last post for a week...I leave for Varanasi tomorrow, come back on Sunday & make a trip to Mumbai on Monday to take up my new assignment there.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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