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Om Books International celebrated the launch of Taj Mahal: Multiple Narratives on 13th March 2018 at Raj Bhavan, Lucknow. The stunning tome was launched by Chief Guest, Ram Naik, Governor Uttar Pradesh. Present on the occasion were Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh, Rani Pakshalika Singh, Prof Ali Khan Mehmoodabad, Ravindra Singh amongst others.

On the occasion coauthors Amita Baig, Rahul Mehrotra, shared their experience of putting together the book with Dipa Chaudhuri, Editor in Chief, Om Books International. Taj Mahal: Multiple Narratives presents a new perspective on the Taj Mahal and Agra. The city and its iconic monuments have often been written about, exclusive of each other. Many stories from Agra form the pillars on which the Taj Mahal was built. Pleasure gardens or a dusty township of the Middle Ages, Agra has many dimensions.

The book looks at global events, national events and showcases contemporary buildings and subsequent events which transformed it from a sacred personal space to a part of world heritage. The book is a broader and more accessible understanding of these stories, of Agra and the Taj Mahal. Amita Baig is a Heritage Management Consultant and represents World Monuments Fund, a private not for profit organisation in New York, US, which supports major conservation of heritage in India. Rahul Mehrotra is a practising architect, urban designer and educator. He has written and lectured extensively on issues to do with architecture, conservation, and urban planning in Mumbai and India. His most recent book, Architecture in India: Since 1990, is a reading of contemporary architecture in India since the liberalisation of India's economy.



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