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Red Fort: Remembering The Magnificent Mughals seeks to present the lived culture of Mughals in all its multiple facets.
The book is divided into four parts:
• In Part 1 the focus is on the Imperial court and the court etiquette, cultivation of Persian and its enrichment with translations from Sanskrit, patronage of Hindu and Jain scholars.
• Part 2 contains detailed accounts of the Red Fort and the symbolism of its architecture, the philosophy of jharokha darshan, ceremonies, games, and pastimes, the material culture of costumes and jewelry, food, drink, and perfumery.
• The remaining two parts deal with the decline and fall of the Mughal rule and the British Colonial Durbars at the Red Fort. The broadly historical narrative is enlivened by various anecdotes.
Debashish Das is a telecom professional; he is a history aficionado and loves to photograph and document ancient ruins. He lives in Gurgaon and spends his weekends exploring little-known monuments in Delhi and its neighborhood.
Since the last few years, he has been writing heritage blogs: www.lighteddream.wordpress.com on Delhi’s monuments; encouraged by their reception, he has now ventured into a full-length book about the most magnificent of all the Delhi monuments, the Red Fort.