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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
     
Tamanna, as I call Shamim by his childhood name, is not just a childhood friend, but also a talented individual and mentor.

We cherish our childhood memories together and it's great to see this stunning website with great content and outstanding pictures captured though out Shamim's life.

We are all so proud of your accomplishments. Keep it up, buddy!
May you soar to new heights,

Your true friend,

Vinay Kumar
Engineer, USA. Childhood friend
I didn't know that Shamim has been gifted with such unique art. He made posters and picture post cards with Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo written on them.
Katsu Horichu
Disciple of Fuji Guruji, in a film on Shamim in Zee Salaam, “Young Achievers
'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
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
This book provides an opportunity to relish its beauty. The photographs capture the culture, the art and architecture, the flora and fauna of this land of infinite beauty. Some pictures also portray modern developments, which hitherto have not traduced that pristine environment. This invaluable natural heritage, its people and its colours are now for all the world to lose itself in, as near as the reader's coffee table to enjoy in times of relaxation.

in his foreword in the book Floating Pearls in the Arabian Sea: Lakshadweep
Janab Wajahat Habibullah
Ex-Chief Information Commissioner of India
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
Words fail me; outstanding!
Mr. Rajiv Lochan
Director NAGMA, on "One Fine Tuesday"
From Lakshadweep to Delhi to Ladakh; the pictures have captured the soul of these places. Each photograph tells a story. So beautiful, so appealing.
Mr. Gyanendra Srivastava
IAS, on "An Odyssey with Lens"
'As a student he was known to be good in studies and friends appreciated his will power and philanthropic quality; but this artist within him was a complete surprise. More than an officer, today I see him as an artist who takes lovely picture and weaves them so creatively in the form of a narrative.'

(In Zee Salaam film on Young Achievers):



'This is a moment of great joy. This book unfolds reality in so many ways. The text running parallel to it makes you feel as if a friend is talking to you about his/her experience. Excites you to join him/her and makes you believe that there are places on earth which are divine.'

(At the inauguration of the book 'Kailasa: a journey within'on 30th January 2011)
Prof.Anand Kumar
Professor of Sociology, JNU
Best book and pictures of Kailasa I have ever seen. Better than even what I had seen in National Geography Magazine 40 years back.

It's not the technique but the eye. Not just good photography but exhibits spiritualism and love for the country. This book should get international recognition.

(At the inauguration of the book 'Kailasa: a journey within'on 30th January 2011)
Shri Ved Pratap Vaidik
scholar, political analyst and free lancer columnist of India
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