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Monthly Archives: March 2007

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Moghul flowers, Shahjehanabad, Delhi

Uch Sharif, Pakistan

The decaying shrines of Uch Sharif
Today, Uch Sharif is not quite a conserved heritage landscape, is barely a pilgrim site, and hardly a tourist destination. Still, the place is powerful, inspiring and confounding. It remains largely unclear how much of a centre Uch really was for learning and exchange between early Islam and India. [...]

Shrine of Baha-ud-Din Zakaria, Multan, Pakistan, 3 March 2007

A shrine in Multan

The spirit of Multan is in its dust. Melancholic dryness is a constant ache in Multan. This way station between Persia and India has lost so much. It was here, five centuries ago, that one of the last Zoroastrian fire temples in the Punjab was destroyed by the upstart [...]