The Taj Mahal

Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator’s glory.

– Emperor Shah Jahan

I do not have much to say about the Taj Mahal except that if you have a chance, you should visit this monument that was built out of love.  It was allegedly constructed in honor of Emperor Shah Jehan’s third wife who died during the birth of her 14th child. Or at least that’s the story I heard.


The entire structure has complex design elements to include sculpted marble, detailed carvings, inlay stones made of marble, jasper and jade, calligraphy made of jasper and black marble with inlaid white marble panels.  The details were absolutely amazing. Based on Islamic prohibitions of the time, the decorations are mostly simple and complex abstract forms and such as flowers, colorful designs or calligraphy.  It was truly a sight to behold.


Architecture is not an inspirational business, it’s a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that’s all. ~~Harry Seidler

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SUNDAY POST : Concept Cookery in Cambodia

As some already know, I am a huge fan of cooking and particularly love asian cuisine.  I’ve taken cooking classes in Thailand as well as in Cambodia.  I thought that Jakesprinters theme of concept this week was great because it has allowed me to re-live the tastes, smells and food that I had the extreme pleasure of eating and cooking myself while in Cambodia.

Before I took these classes I knew that product / food/ season choice was important but had no idea how important the way you cut or mash something was.  Sometimes even more important than product choice.  It was awesome having a guide take us through an open market, pick out the food and then specifically show us how to cut, heat, broil, mash the food was.  I hope you enjoy the photos.