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The Taj Mahal and the Golden Foggy Morning Hours by Mukesh Srivastava

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Camera: Nikon D70S, ISO-200, f-9, S-1/160s. Nikkor 18-70mm

Location: Taj Mahal, Agra, UP, India

Featured in color and Light group on 13.12.09

Featured in True Colors of asia Group on 22.12.09

This is a translation (only somewhat modified) from an Urdu poem by Sahir Ludhianvi, circa 1940.

The Taj Mahal
by Sahir Ludhianvi

*For you, the Taj may be a monument to love;
you may adore this lovely spot
but, darling,
let’s meet somewhere else!

In such royal places,
we— the poor?
Regal opulence seen every which way,
two poor lovers— here?
Really out-of-place!

Sweetheart, under this so-called symbol of love,
if only you’d seen the vulgar splurge of opulence.
Charmed you may be by royal mausoleums,
if only you’d thought
of our own dismal homes!

Countless millions are in love;
who can say their emotions aren’t real
just because they, like us, have no means
to put up an advertisement?

These mausoleums, these arrogant forts,
these pillars of royal eminence, these lush gardens:
In these very flowers and vines
runs the blood of our own ancestors, my love.

Don’t you think they must also have been in love,
the people whose art and skill
made this monument so beautiful?
They and their loved ones now lie nameless,
in unmarked graves,without a single candle
yet lit for them.

These gardens, by the Jamuna [River],
this palace, the embroidered doors, walls and niches—
that’s just how an emperor,
using his wealth and power,
mocks the love between us destitutes.*

An Indian Photographer Mukesh Srivastava made a successful foray into the digital arena. With the dawn of digital photography, Mukesh embarked a new journey a little less that half a decade back and this journey has seen him win critical acclaim and accolade from across over the globe.

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  • thv73
    thv73about 5 years ago

    I think this is just the best angle to show the Taj. And your composition and color treatment are rally beautiful. Superb shot!

  • Thanx so much,Thierry!!!!!

    – Mukesh Srivastava

  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffabout 5 years ago

    A masterpiece Mukesh…. wow, look at the light hitting the Taj, and this beautifully colored boat complimenting all the wonderful subtle colors of the rest of the image.. magical!!!! So serene, I want to be there now…

  • Thanx so much dear friend Tatum for such in depth observations of my work!!!!!!

    – Mukesh Srivastava

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosabout 5 years ago

    This is brilliant, Mukesh!
    Stunning colors and light and an amazing atmosphere!

  • Thanx so much,dear friend Adri!!!!

    – Mukesh Srivastava

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelabout 5 years ago

    Outstanding Mukesh

  • Thanx lot dear Ann!!!!!

    – Mukesh Srivastava

  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhiabout 5 years ago

    great image!!

  • Thanx dear friend Nisha!!!

    – Mukesh Srivastava

  • RajeevKashyap
    RajeevKashyapabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant Shot Mukesh Bhai!

  • Thanx dear Raj!!!

    – Mukesh Srivastava

  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singhabout 5 years ago

    Great capture…

  • Thanx dear Harmeet!!!!

    – Mukesh Srivastava

  • Roz Fayette
    Roz Fayetteabout 5 years ago

    Wow. Beautiful.

  • Thanx lot Roz!!!!!

    – Mukesh Srivastava

  • Jean-Pierre Ducondi
    Jean-Pierre Du...about 5 years ago

    This is outstanding. Excellent composition.

  • Thanx lot, Jean!!!!

    – Mukesh Srivastava

  • Rémi Bridot
    Rémi Bridotabout 5 years ago

    Superbe !!!

  • Thanx so much,Remi!!!!

    – Mukesh Srivastava

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