The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.
An attempt at selective desaturation using GIMP..
Taken at market place during Diwali in Lucknow
Outside in the courtyard of Bada Imambara, there is a man who sits under an umbrella and sells tiny versions of shoes worn by the Nawab and Begum. There is no bargaining at his “shop”. But the shoes were so cute that many people buy several pairs. Thats what I call entrepreneurship.
Taken at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
The Bada Imambara complex comprises of a great hall, situated at the end of an impressive courtyard. The same roof covers three halls in all, the Persian Hall, the China Hall and the Indian Hall.
The Persian or the central hall of the Imambara is almost 50 metres long and 16 metres wide. The ceiling of this columnless hall is more than 15 metres high. The hall is one of the largest of its kind in the world without any external support of wood, iron, or stone beams. The roof has been put together with interlocking bricks without using a beam or a girder. Hence, it is viewed as a unique achievement of architecture.
But the monument is not well maintained by U.P tourism. There are cobwebs, paint peeling off walls, names scratched on wall by people and above all the mark of U.P. – paan stains.
The Hussainabad Imambara is a major tourist attraction of Lucknow. The monument was built by Mohammed Ali Shah in the year 1837. The tombs of Mohammed Ali Shah and his mother are located over here. The walls of the monument are decorated with Arabic verses that have been carved beautifully by efficient craftsmen. The structure has an imposing white colored dome and many pillars or minarets. The interiors of the monument are worth seeing. They have been decorated beautifully with elaborate chandeliers, mirrors with gold frames, the majestic throne of the King. There are small miniatures of the Taj Mahal on either side of the monument.
Taken at Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh, India