'The GoldenTemple' is instantly recognised, whether you've been to it or not, you know what it looks like.
For those who have been - have you ever wondered what it was like before the live streams, the microphones, the lights - electricity?!! Ever wondered who visited it before it became a tourist hot-spot with direct flights to Amritsar?
For those who haven't (but probably will want to after 'experiencing' this book!) - this book gives you an insight to the evolution of The GoldenTemple - how it changed with each decade (from the 1500s to present) and how it was perceived - as captured by the variety of images, through drawings, carvings, paintings, and photographs.
Although, if you are more interested in the origins of images and context - the references are at the back, along with a map of what the GoldenTemple complex originally looked like! Its worth mentioning that there are European eye-witness accounts at the beginning, which set the context of this place as a historical landmark as one piece written by Emily Eden describes Maharaja Ranjit Singh's visit from a European's eye! Of course, if you are interested in historical changes in Sikh history and Sikh identity presented in a written history - its worth a look at their previous book 'In the Master's Presence' - fascinating stuff - best of both worlds!
The best thing about this book is that it is not a densely written history of the GoldenTemple and its not arguing anything - its universal appeal lies in its use of images - it lets you discover the changes, question them and then leads you to discover even more...
There is no doubt the book looks like treasure, but you'd be a fool to miss out on the many treasures its got wrapped up inside!
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 GoldenTemple 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 GoldenTemple 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 GoldenTemple 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 GoldenTemple 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.