Bibi ka Maqbara (بیبی كا مقبرہ) was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in late 17th century for his wife Dilras Banu Begum.
It bears a striking resemblance to Taj Mahal in Agra, a mausoleum for Aurangzeb’s mother Mumtaz built by his father Shah Jahan. Due to its strong resemblance to the Taj Mahal, it is also called the Dakkhani Taj (Taj of the Deccan).
September 26th - 30th. Aurangabad, Ellora & Ajanta Caves. After Mumbai we took our first Indian train north for several hours to a city called Aurangabad. The Indian train system is surprisingly efficient. They are the largest employer in India and millions of people ride them each day.
It is 1 a.m. right now and I’m making this post to vent off a bit of steam. I have been working on an assignment for some time now and today I was supposed to hand it in but unfortunately something went wrong and it wasn’t delivered now I only get the message that it is too late to send it and well I might just have to do the whole subject again in the next semester…
So sifting through my memories and photos cheers me up a bit :)
I have very cheerful memories of India and enjoy to think about the time there and about the people I met :)
Bombay HC orders four cuts, fresh certification for 'Jolly LLB 2'
Aurangabad (Maharashtra), Feb 6 (IANS) The Bombay High Court’s Aurangabad Bench on Monday ordered deletion of four scenes from the upcoming film ‘Jolly LLB 2’, which it held are defamatory to the judiciary and could amount to contempt of court, an official said here.
A Division Bench of Justice S.S. Shinde and Justice K.K. Sonawane also ordered the Central Board of Film Certification to certify the film afresh after implementing the cuts in the Akshay Kumar starrer.
The order follows a report by a court-appointed three-member committee of experts, comprising Senior Advocates R.N. Dhorde and V.J. Dixit and medico Dr Prakash Kanade, petitioner-lawyer Ajaykumar Waghmare said from Nanded.
The committee viewed the film last Friday in Aurangabad and submitted its two-page report stating that a particular scene is “defamatory to the lawyers’ profession and would be contempt of court”.
They added that the visual or words also involved “defamation of the body of lawyers and undermines the dignity of lawyers and courts”.
After taking the report on record, the judges ordered that the scenes objected to by the committee should be deleted and that the CBFC should re-certify the film, Waghmare said.
“This is a historic and significant order concerning any film in the country. It is also a lesson to the CBFC which certified the film during the pendency of the PIL, indicating some malpractices,” Waghmare told IANS.
The scenes ordered to be deleted include the ones in which a judge is shown crouching behind the dias, hurling of a shoe at a judge and an objectionable dialogue.
The lawyers representing the filmmakers agreed to the necessary cuts/modifications.
The film’s producers, Fox Star Studios, had challenged before the Supreme Court the January 27 ruling of the Bombay High Court to appoint the three-member.
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to put on hold the screening of 'Jolly LLB 2’ before the three-member panel and allowed the committee to preview the film and ascertain whether the said scenes denigrated the judiciary in any manner.
Slated for release on February 10, 'Jolly LLB 2’ is a courtroom drama starring Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Annu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla, and is written and directed by Subhash Kapoor.
The Ajanta Caves (अजिंठा लेणी) are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales.The caves were built in two phases starting around the 2nd century BCE, with the second group of caves built around 400–650 CE according to older accounts. In 1983, the caves became the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of India.
Images in order
1. Ajanta Caves Complex with all the entrances visible.
Shot: Doors. On my recent trip to the two ‘Bad cities, i discovered my fascination with entranceways. Bright, vibrant, unique and mysterious. So i decided to put together a series of photographs capturing just that. Here's the first set, all shot in and around Aurangabad, a city i highly recommend people to visit.
Row 1: Third AC berth of Devagiri Express from Mumbai to Aurangabad. The most uncomfortable train journey to date; At Ajanta Caves, the epitome of Buddhist craftsmanship that were hidden for 800 years and accidentally discovered by an Englishman out hunting for tigers; A household protecting itself from the harsh afternoon sun on the way back from Ajanta.
Row 2: View of Ajanta; Entrance to the premises of the Tomb of Aurangzeb; A doorway leading to the inner chambers of Bibi Ka Maqbara, also known as Mini Taj Mahal.
Row 3: All three shot at Lonar, the bustling little town that’s completely unaware of the importance of the lake formed by a crashlanding meteor. Lonar Lake is 175 metres below ground level, and the climb down is tricky. There are many ruins of temples constructed as thanks to the Gods that were said to have made the miracle possible. While the water and its surrounding land is rich in minerals, the water itself has a pH level of 10.5, making it impossible for any life form except green algae to survive in it.
I worked in India for a short period of time and this are some of the photos I took there :)
I believe India might be among the last few places where you actually see a card controlled Jacquard loom in action :) I could also see some people weave shawls by hand and the chief of the small shop told me that it can take one worker up to 3 weeks to finish a silk himro shawl (°_°) The quality of the fabric is really really high though :3 The next photos show some of the sights of Ajanta which I’m afraid I wasn’t able to picture too well in my photos (-_-;) Ajanta itself is really breathtaking. It lies embedded in a valley full of flowers and green and the colours of the caves and nature are just amazing.
India is a really unique experience because there are intense smells, colours, and textures :3