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Qutb Minar

Head in the Clouds
Narayani Gupta
Artist Shashi Shetye

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The Qutb Minar in South Delhi is 73m high, and has 5 storeys. It was built in stages over 300 years, between 1192 and 1503. Near it is a masjid open to the sky, and corridors built with pillars from temples which stood there earlier. Nearby are later buildings, with detailed ornamentation on sandstone. Some way off is the shrine of the Sufi saint Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, from whom the Minar gets its name. The Qutb Complex is near the historic village of Mehrauli. A lot has been written about the area. This book is only about the Minar.

Narayani Gupta has happy memories of childhood picnics at the lovely monuments in Delhi– in particular, she recalls climbing up to the top of the Qutb and gazing down across a landscape sparkling in the clear air. Her students and she often discuss how old buildings and landscapes can help us understand the past. She was part of a group that organised heritage walks and acted as chowkidar s to protect historic buildings. She would like people to ‘pocket’ their mobile phones, otherwise they miss so much– like the beauty of sunlight on old brick or the sight of a distant dome.

As a child, Shashi Shetye used to draw huge crabs and sharks on the canvas of the Goa beach to impress his fishermen friends. This passion for art led him to illustrate several children’s books for more than twenty years. His hero is Mario Miranda, a Goan illustrator and cartoonist. Shashi loves conducting workshops to encourage children’s creativity, and his favourite pastime is to sketch a temple or church, surrounded by enthusiastic kids.

ISBN 9789385360503
Pages 32
Number of illustrations 19 and a map
Size 11.69 x 8.27" (297 x 210 mm), sc
Date of Publishing 2018
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with Parag, an initiative of TATA trust
Rights Available World rights

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