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Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal (Jaico/Deccan Heritage Foundation Guidebook) Paperback – Import, 15 Aug 2014
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George Michell trained as an architect in Melbourne, and then obtained a PhD in Indian Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has carried out research at numerous historical sites and monuments in India, including Badami, and then Hampi Vijayanagara, which, together with John M Fritz, he has extensively documented over more than 20 years. Both he and Fritz have authored Hampi Vijayanagara in the Pictor/ Deccan Heritage Foundation guidebook series. Michell’s most recent publications include Mughal Architecture & Gardens and The Great Temple at Thanjavur. SURENDRA KUMAR studied information technology in Bangalore, and now works partly as a photographer, specialising in panoramic topographic views. His work has been showcased in the recently published volume, Discovering the Deccan.
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This book is an unavoidable companion to anyone planning to visit the architectural treasure house of Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal. Michell’s narration includes the serial order in which a visitor should move around the monuments, and the things they must look for. If the article of interest is located in a poorly illuminated niche, he indicates that a torch light would be required. The colour photographs accompanying the text are excellent in composure and truly do its job in bringing out the detail faithfully to the reader. The book is graced with a glossary, which is mandatory as the author has used many terms related to architecture and mythology, without pausing to explain it in mid-text. A good index and suggestions for further reading completes the list. Treat this book as a guide to the places mentioned, and it does a perfect job. It is also intended to be carried by the visitor, since the pages are of good quality paper having enough thickness to stand the travails of walking.
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