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Charms of the ruins

art and culture Updated: Apr 09, 2011 00:46 IST
Soumya Mukerji
Soumya Mukerji
Hindustan Times
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If you’ve lived in Delhi for years and yet been at sea about those lovely ruins you see scattered every few miles, here’s where your wondering ends. And the wonderment begins.

HT Photographer Prabhas Roy has lens-mapped some of the most interesting yet least written-about monuments of the Capital in the book,

Invisible City

, making them far more than just visible.

Mughal tombstones in non-descript corners of the city beam royally from the larger-than-life spreads, and the detailed descriptions by history professor-author Rakshanda Jalil make sure justice is done to every bit of your curiosity. The coffee-table title goes beyond the architecture of that era — the Cholas to Ugresen, the English and the smaller kingdoms, too, find due mention if they did their bit to beautify the city.

The panoramic photography is as great as it gets, and the detailed shots as close as they can, to the real thing. Some of the pictures are so poignant that if you’ve seen these places in person, you’d realise the book itself has played a part in making them look better than they perhaps do, in reality. While the click happy will be pleased to see what magic a camera can do on dilapidated structures beaten by the years, culture enthusiasts will dig the stuff for the finer information. For the rest of the reading kind, a day’s flip is enough to want to give those unimaginative malls a miss for these unglorified gems. Trust an expert’s shutter to make the invisible incredible!

Invisible City; Price: R795 Publisher: Niyogi Books