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9 May 2011

Taj Mahal: monument of love and loss


The white mausoleum Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.  


Pollution has stained the white marbles.


And on foggy mornings the monument acquires a sinister, darker avatar. After all it is a tomb. It is about death and losing someone.



Miniatures of the Taj Mahal are sold on the streets of Agra. Tourists like them, but some people believe the replicas should not be kept in the living room—many don't prefer a grave for decoration.

4 comments:

  1. excellent colors of the Taj Mahal! I've seen a million photos of this place, but this color treatment you did is very original. I like the fog and haze on the second photo, it gives the image a very dramatic appeal.

    I agree with your sentiments about putting the miniature replicas.. it is in fact a grave! :)

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  2. These photos are sooo breathtaking! Thanks for checking out my little nook. : )

    Sarah from Sarah E. Nice Photography

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  3. amazing, inspiring shots of the Taj Mahal. Thanks for posting:)

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  4. @nr: the fog lifts by 10am in summer, which is when most of the shots we see in the media of the taj mahal were taken.

    @sarah: please post more sunset pics! :)

    thank you sanjeev.

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