: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire.
Walker. Apr. 2007. c.336p.
photogs. bibliog. index.
[ISBN 978-0-8027-1511-1]. $26.95. HIST
(1631), one of the Seven Wonders of the World, has been beautifully
exalted in the hands of the Prestons (coauthors, A Pirate of Exquisite Mind), Oxford-
trained historians living in London. They skillfully unveil the history of the 16th-19th-
century Mogul Empire, especially its architecture, campaigns, and court life. Drawing on
Mogul and Indian original sources, individual accounts of Europeans travelers to the
Indian Subcontinent, and various scholarly sources, the authors set the Taj Mahal in
context and acknowledge the existence of unresolved questions, such as who the architect
was. The map of India, genealogy, and pictures of Mogul architecture and gardens will
help novice historians to understand better this era in India. The Prestons' occasional use
of contemporary and later poetry enriches the work. If one is looking for an
administrative study of the Mogul dynasty, this book doesn't offer much; it is, however, a
reliable source for readers wanting to understand the splendor of the Taj
historical context. Recommended for academic and public libraries with collections in
; Sep2008, Vol. 65 Issue 9, p233-239, 7p, 13 color
Interior Design Services
The article reports on a refurbishing project which was completed on the
Palace and Tower Hotel in Mumbai, India which was completed in 2008
by the Malaysia based interior design firm Lim, Teo & Wilkes Design Works. A
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