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Paradise It Is Here; It Is Here

Author Name: Jasbir Juggi | Format: Paperback | Genre : History & Politics | Other Details

No one knows heaven’s paradise, but earthly paradises created by mortals may mirror the paradise of the afterlife. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan crafted paradises with Diwan-e-Khas in Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra. Enthralled by the splendor, he inscribed a Persian couplet on the Diwan’s arches: ‘If there is paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this.’ The title and contents of this book echo the crux of this couplet. This travelogue explores the author's five-decade journey through European monarchs' architectural marvels of paradisiacal proportions and their eminence relative to South Asian architectural resurgence under Shah Jahan in the 17th century CE.

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Jasbir Juggi

Prof. Jasbir S. Juggi, 89, earned medical and Ph.D. degrees in the 1950s-60s from top Indian universities. He began his academic journey in medical Physiology in India and later held senior positions at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, and Kuwait University, retiring as Chairman and Academic Vice-Dean in 2006. His extensive contributions to medical science include numerous publications and presentations at international conferences.

Despite his medical focus, Prof. Juggi nurtured a lifelong passion for history. A voracious reader, he explored global histories, particularly during frequent travels to Europe throughout his 50-year academic career. Fascinated by the art and architecture of European empires and the Mughal Emperors of India, he penned the book "Paradise: It is Here, It is Here."

After retiring in 2016, Prof. Juggi settled in Gurgaon, India. His reflections encompass both contentment and regrets, providing a comprehensive view of a life rich in academic achievement, global exploration, and personal contemplation.