This is such an amazing book everything from the cover to the every page is beautiful. I would strongly recommend this buy to be enjoyed today and by generations to come. Full of pictures I have not seen before.
This is the most beautiful ever book I have ever seen in my lifetime. I can sit and look at the pictures all day and it give me a true pleasure of reflecting upon how the people spent time at Darbar Sahib, when you are reflecting on the timeline it also takes you back to "beautiful thoughts of Guru Ramdas ji about Darbar Sahib".
This book is a treasure, made with love and dedication, research and very nicely laid out. I would recommend people to buy this. The people who created this book are very intelligent and they have a true care for the Sikh Heritage.
This is literally the 'best looking' book I've ever seen. To be honest, I'm cheating a little there, as that was actually said by my boss when I showed her my copy of the book!
Once open the true beauty is really found. Original in layout and format, the book begins with a brief introduction, describing a place that may or may not be familiar to many, but quickly moves onto give first hand accounts spanning a few centuries which, even to those who may consider themselves ardent experts, would find fascinating and very surprising. We should stop and admire the great eloquence of language and textual detail used by those travellers of the British Raj. Here the preliminary act ends, leaving the audience ready for the main event.
Paintings, frescos and photography synthesised to produce a time portal into the past, are laid out on the high quality canvas. It is as if you were the proud owner of these relics yourself. Literally a museum of a book, with the attendents posing as small indexed numbers dotted around the page, corresponding to a final tour at the end of the book by the curator themselves, where every image is indexed in `21st century style' web-wise thumbnails, with accompanying synopsises.
To finish, an original plan view of the complex ingeniously captioned so that the aforementioned images can be related to the specific spot from which an observer would be facing.
All in all, a complete museum/theatre like experience in book form. One to go and watch over and over again. (and at minimum to make your bookshelf sparkle ;)
Just received my copy of this wonderful book and have to say i was awe struck at the magical timeline of images displayed throughout the book, displaying some fantastically beautiful images of not only the Golden Temple but some very unique candid shots of people of the city, showing glimpses of how they lived and interacted with the temple.
Also a lot of thought has been put into not only the general feel and quality of the book, but the small touches of how each picture has a small key which lets the reader find its location on the map within the book - a brilliant and unique way of really interacting with the book.
The sheer beauty of these pictures pours off the sheets, the book brings alive the luminosity of the Golden Temple for all kinds of different audiences. it's so lovingly bound together with care and thought. another great books by the authors. thanks and satnam!!
Never before have I placed a book in my hands and been so taken back by its quality and detail. The design, the pictures, and the fascinating eye witness accounts are amazing to say the least. I have never seen a lot of this material before and to see all this research come together in one book on the Golden Temple and the city of Amritsar is a treasure trove in itself, so much that I bought myself a copy and a copy to give as a gift. If there was anyway to honor the beauty and serenity of the Golden Temple then this is it. With all the beautiful paintings, and photographs presented in the book, this is a piece of art in itself and a must for all lovers of art and culture.
Well done to Parmjit Singh and Amandeep Madra for such a great piece of work. I look forward to future publications, and just as a suggestion it would be good to see a book on portraits of those involved in the Sikh world such as the bhagats, the fakirs and other people of prominence that helped shape this path.