Testimonials

'I have great pleasure in commending this book to all those who love mountains. Packed with photographs, there are short descriptive notes which are useful.' (In the foreword of the book, Rode to heaven: Ladakh in 2009) ...I myself have not been able to go to Kailasa nor will I be able to go to in this life; but after reading this book I feel I have also done half parikarma.'

(At the inauguration of the book, 'Kailasa: A journey within' , at the Shanti Stupa, on the 30th of Jan. 2011)


Dr. Karan Singh

When stones burst into songs Qutub Minar must count among the most sketched, painted and photographed monuments of the world. What the Eiffel Tower is to Parisians, the Big Ben to Londoners, the Brandenburg Gate to Berliners and the Statue of Liberty to New Yorkers, the Qutub Minar is to Dilliwallahs. It is older and more spectacular than all the other monuments.

I have seen hundreds of photographs of Qutub Minar but none to match the cover of Forgotten Dilli, Portrait of an Immortal City by Sasmita S. Akhtar and Shamim Akhtar.

Shamim is a Bihari Muslim, now in the IAS, posted in Delhi. Sasmita is an Oriya Brahmin, a sociologist, who is a product of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Between them, they produced a pictorial album on Lakshadweep and now one on the old monuments of Delhi. Sasmita has written the text; Shamim has taken the photographs.

They have limited their work to the end of the Mughal dynasty in 1857. They have pictures of baolis (step wells), dargahs (Sufi shrines), forts, mosques, and mausoleums. What arrests the readers attention is the interplay of light and shade on trees and clouds to highlight every monument. It is a sheer joy to turn over the pages of the book again and again. It reminded me of an old film song, 'Geet gaaya paththaron ne ' 'The stones burst with songs'.


Mr. Khuswant Singh

This book provides an opportunity to relish its beauty. The photographs capture the culture, the art and architecture, the flora and fauna of this land of infinite beauty. Some pictures also portray modern developments, which hitherto have not traduced that pristine environment. This invaluable natural heritage, its people and its colours are now for all the world to lose itself in, as near as the reader's coffee table to enjoy in times of relaxation. in his foreword in the book Floating Pearls in the Arabian Sea: Lakshadweep


Janab Wajahat Habibullah

At times Delhi looks beautiful but the kind of flavour Shamim has brought about in black and white is not only very beautiful but after this book we all will see these monuments from a fresh perspective. Extraordinarily taken pictures. Akhtar is someone we are proud of.

( While inugurating the book ' Forgotten Dilli - Portrait of an immortal city' )


Mrs. Sheila Dixit

Best book and pictures of Kailasa I have ever seen. Better than even what I had seen in National Geography. It's not the technique but the eye. Not just good photography but exhibits spiritualism and love for the country. This book should get international recognition.


Shri Ved Pratap Vaidik

Testimonials

When stones burst into songs Qutub Minar mu
Mr. Khuswant Singh

At times Delhi looks beautiful but the kind
Mrs. Sheila Dixit

This book provides an opportunity to relish
Janab Wajahat Habibullah

Best book and pictures of Kailasa I have ev
Shri Ved Pratap Vaidik

'I have great pleasure in commending th
Dr. Karan Singh