Praise for My Books

"Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is a gifted writer of great promise. I have a gut feeling we have a new star rising in Punjab's literary horizon. She has an excellent command of English and a sly sense of humour."
- Khushwant Singh on The Long Walk Home

"An enjoyable tale of a sassy girl's headlong race up the corporate ladder."
- India Today on Earning the Laundry Stripes

Monday, 8 April 2013

Mumtaz's Home in Paradise

This week is dedicated to Taj Mahal, the monument on which pivots The Taj Conspiracy. If you’ve read the book, you’d have gleaned some of these facets - each of which melds into another to form the sublime Taj. If you haven’t yet, it’s never too late to grab the book  - there’s more to the monument than the famed love story! Meanwhile, here is the first  sampling from the Taj mezze.

Taj Mahal is more than a tomb. It is Mumtaz’s home in paradise, as envisioned by her husband Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal emperor. In order to give concrete expression to an ethereal vision, the emperor put all elements of ideal architecture to work and play. 

Rigorous mathematical planning provides a structure of perfect symmetry, balance and harmony; the choice and colour of building materials, the surface decoration and ornamentation provide the aesthetics. In the Padshahnama, Lahauri says the exalted mausoleum imitated the gardens of Rizwan, the guardian of Paradise, and gave an impression of the holy abodes... 

“It is this fusion of the intellectual and the sensuous that has made Taj Mahal so successful over the centuries.” - Ebba Koch

Almost four centuries since the Taj was built and yet, amidst the frenzy of Des it continues to provide an oasis of calm. On a quiet day, even a glimpse of Paradise.

Photo by the inimitable Steve McCurry


  1. I am not sure why Taj Mahal has been a representation of cruelty in my mind rather than love...
    Your short review is great!

    1. Glad to know! Instead of one detailed post I have planned a series of 'Discover Taj' nuggets this entire week - hope you enjoy the ones to follow :)