Mirrored Convexities

Inside Sheesh Mahal, Amer Fort, Jaipur, India copyright: Suchita Chadha
Inside Sheesh Mahal, Amer Fort, Jaipur, India
copyright belongs to: Suchita Chadha

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.”

Last semester, I got the chance to do a study abroad program in India, during which I got to travel to many cities and study, as well as experience, Mughal history. Amer Fort, located in Jaipur, Rajasthan state, is a beautiful blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture, constructed by Raja Man Singh, a trusted general of Emperor Akbar, circa 1592. One of the most famous elements of Amer Fort is the Sheesh Mahal, or Mirror Palace, which features an intricate inlay of stone and mirror on the walls and ceilings. It’s absolutely mesmerizing to walk down these halls.

Agha Shahid Ali, in one his ghazals [occasionally titled “Tonight”], an ancient poetic form originating in Arabia, perhaps described this kind of work the best.

Mughal ceilings, let your mirrored convexities
multiply me at once under your spell tonight.

Inside Sheesh Mahal, Amer Fort, Jaipur, India copyright: Suchita Chadha
Inside Sheesh Mahal, Amer Fort, Jaipur, India
copyright belongs to: Suchita Chadha
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