I N Khan alias Arshi was born in 1968. He is busy realizing the emperor’s unfulfilled dream since the age of 14 years. He possesses extraordinary talent and versatility. Not only is he a gifted artist but is also a technocrat who has engineered and innovated many technical products. Mr. Khan was born with a creative bent of mind and his childhood artistic creations attracted attention of his contemporaries and teachers.
He has received a "National Awards" from the Govt. of India, "State Award" from the Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, India and "Yashbharti Samman" from the Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, India for his creativity.
What's the subject of your latest book?
My book is related to one of the most beautiful architecture of the world; the Taj Mahal. There is a story which exists parallel to it; the Black Taj Mahal. It is popularly known that Shah Jahan wanted to build another identical mausoleum with black marble on the other bank of river Yamuna, for his own burial. As Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son thereby he could not complete his dream. In absence of any dedicated literary work on Black Taj, the story swayed between reality and myth. There are several material evidences in the Taj Mahal and at the so-called site of Black Taj that favours Black Taj.
What is the most interesting part of this book?
White Taj Mahal has been scientifically portrayed in the book that makes it a useful guide for the tourists. The book also analyses the Taj Mahal - the world’s most beautiful architectural creation from completely new angle, on the empirical rules prepared by a modern scientist; The Fifteen Properties of Christopher Alexander. Besides this, the book unveils astonishing facts and surprises that the construction of the Taj Mahal was only half of the original scheme conceived by its builder Emperor Shah Jahan.
To realize the crux of Black Taj, the existence of a paradox, a glaring asymmetry at the very center, this book is a summation of the research conducted by Arshi who visited the Taj in 1982. He was awestruck with grandeur and magnificence of the white marble, its perfect symmetry and the balance of the entire complex. And especially the unfulfilled dream of emperor Shah Jahan;the Black Taj Mahal.