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.
'The Golden Temple' 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 Golden Temple - 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 Golden Temple 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 Golden Temple 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!
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!!