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History does repeat itself
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Peace and Justice
For quite some time, a very simple question has been haunting me. Whether p...
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Hajo- A place where religion makes you Humane
Can religion play a constructive role in humanizing modern pluralistic soci...
August 29, 2015
The apathy of India Islamic Cultural Centre towards art.
Before I share why this title, let me tell you my long journey of fascinati...
September 13, 2014
TESTIMONIALS
  • This is the best body of work in infra-red photography that I have seen in India.
      Shri S. Paul
    Photographer, on the infra red exhibition Ladakh Huess
     
  • I am proud to know this couple- Shamim and Sasmita. This book reflects the labour of their love. We could reach the place because of the power of his lens.
      Janab Arif Mohammed Khan
    Former state minister, at the inauguration of the book
     
  • Words fail me; outstanding!
      Mr. Rajiv Lochan
    Director NAGMA, on "One Fine Tuesday"
     
  • At times Delhi looks beautiful but the kind of flavour Shamim has brought about in black and white is not only very beautiful but after this book we all will see these monuments from a fresh perspective.

    ( while unveiling of the book 'Forgotten Dilli - Portrait of an immortal city')


    Extraordinarily taken pictures. Akhtar is someone we are proud of.

    ( on 'Ladakh Hues " )
      Mrs. Sheila Dixit
    Ex-CM Delhi
     
  • When stones burst into songs

    Qutub Minar must count among the most sketched, painted and photographed monuments of the world. What the Eiffel Tower is to Parisians, the Big Ben to Londoners, the Brandenburg Gate to Berliners and the Statue of Liberty to New Yorkers, the Qutub Minar is to Dilliwallahs. It is older and more spectacular than all the other monuments.

    I have seen hundreds of photographs of Qutub Minar but none to match the cover of Forgotten Dilli, Portrait of an Immortal City by Sasmita S. Akhtar and Shamim Akhtar. Shamim is a Bihari Muslim, now in the IAS, posted in Delhi. Sasmita is an Oriya Brahmin, a sociologist, who is a product of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Between them, they produced a pictorial album on Lakshadweep and now one on the old monuments of Delhi.

    Sasmita has written the text; Shamim has taken the photographs. They have limited their work to the end of the Mughal dynasty in 1857. They have pictures of baolis (step wells), dargahs (Sufi shrines), forts, mosques, and mausoleums. What arrests the readers attention is the interplay of light and shade on trees and clouds to highlight every monument.

    It is a sheer joy to turn over the pages of the book again and again. It reminded me of an old film song, 'Geet gaaya paththaron ne ' 'The stones burst with songs'.
      Mr. Khuswant Singh
    The Telegraph, 6th March 2010
     
  • 'A stunning exhibition, highlighting the unique beauty of Ladakh...extremely impressed by the quality of his images.'

    (on the exhibition, Rode to Heaven in 2008)

    'I have great pleasure in commending this book to all those who love mountains. Packed with photographs, there are short descriptive notes which are useful.'

    (In the foreword of the book, Rode to heaven: Ladakh in 2009)

    ...I myself have not been able to go to Kailasa nor will I be able to go to in this life; but after reading this book I feel I have also done half parikarma.'

    (At the inauguration of the book, 'Kailasa: A journey within' , at the Shanti Stupa, on the 30th of Jan. 2011)
      Dr. Karan Singh
    At the inauguration of the book, 'Kailasa: A journey within', at the Shanti Stupa, on the 30th of Jan. 2011
     

In 2008, when I first met the legend Khuswant Singh, he asked me weather I write? "I make a billion grammatical and spelling errors in one paragraph" was all I could say. "Since you are aware of your mistakes, surely you can write one day" was his blessings. So on june 9 2010 , this was my first blog. The New Address

April 3, 2017
Year 2007, A long time ago, My experience with " State Election Commission" of Delhi, now, I am Forced to go through worst. These few FACTS are from my bok " Nobody says you are UNTOUCHABLE in India - a rue Story"
August 20, 2016
For quite some time, a very simple question has been haunting me. Whether peace is the end result of a just society or justice in human society brings peace?
August 29, 2015
Can religion play a constructive role in humanizing modern pluralistic societies is a question that has been haunting for centuries to the social scientist. In such a time , when communalism and fundamentalism is on rise worldwide including India, coming across a place like Hajo in Assam is a pleasant surprise.
September 13, 2014
Before I share why this title, let me tell you my long journey of fascination with the medieval monuments of Delhi in short first.
August 25, 2014
There was a very nice place in the middle of the city , where a poor boy from a humble family used to go with his father for cleaning the area. In that beautiful place was a huge building at the gate were two well dressed guards and on the gate was written " right of admission reserved".
July 26, 2014
Straight from the heart, based on my own personal experience, this blog is written in Hindi.
July 3, 2014
Ms. Uma Bharti, saying that she is a Sai bhaktin and the Shankaracharya, with all his followers, reacting to it in a manner that she must resign because Sai is a Muslim and its an insult to the Sanatan Dharma is not an insignificant issue. Its alarming with respect to where we are headed.
June 8, 2014
These days, a lot of debate is going on whether Smriti Irani should be HRD minister in Modi ji led government? This question was first raised by the Congress party.
January 29, 2013
Since time immemorial, the Himalayas have been the pulling factor for all "truth" seekers, through meditation or simply by being there in the lap of virgin nature, where elements "talk" to you in a very personal way.
October 2, 2012
Today the 2nd of October happens to be the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the nation and it is customary to remember him and offer homage. To most of the Indians he is more than an ordinary human being, to many others he is "seen" as responsible for the division of the nation. Many even consider him a saint and while few in their ignorance consider him weak and irrelevant in modern times.
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