Lucknow: The City of Heritage & Culture: A Walk Through History (Hardcover)
-Featuring over 200 color photographs and minute architectural drawings, this book recreates the splendor of Lucknow's historic monuments -A must-have for anyone with an interest in Indian architecture, or the history of this resplendent city Lucknow was a city of dreams, once. Now, 160 years after the elegant court of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, there are almost as many different ways of interpreting it as there were dreamers in its Golden Age. Its splendid brick buildings have witnessed centuries of history, the chime of temple bells, the call of the muezzin, the magical strains of thumri, the soulful lyrics of ghazals, the expressive grace of Kathak, the exquisite crafts, and the delicate scents and flavors of local cuisine. All are intrinsic parts of Lucknow, which has become one of India's many metropolises and an important cultural hub. The famed nazaakat and nafaasat go hand-in-hand with the marvelous Indo-Sarcenic style buildings. This book takes us on a journey through a bygone era, exploring the passions and aesthetics of the people of Awadh.
About the Author
Vipul B Varshney is a Lucknow based architect and Heritage conservationist. Besides being the Convenor, INTACH, Lucknow Chapter and an adviser to the National Scientific Committee (ICOMOS), she has also served as technical advisor to the Lucknow Mahotsava Committee, and was on the Heritage Regulation Drafting Committee for Lucknow MasterPlan. She is an avid lover of the fine arts and India's rich heritage, and has authored two books and over 50 research papers, as well as being an awardee from various organizations including U.P.Ratan in 2013, Ganj Carnival Felicitation Award-Shakti Samman in 2015, and Hindustan Times Women Achiever in 2013. She was nominated to A3 Foundation Excellence in Architectural Journalism in 2016. Outside of professional interests, she travels widely, sails, sketches, reads, grows bonsais in her garden, meditates and enjoys living in Lucknow with her family.