New Faculty Publication: Pushkar Sohoni's "Aurangabad with Daulatabad, Khuldabad, and Ahmadnagar"

South Asia Bibliographer and South Asia Studies Lecturer Pushkar Sohoni has released a new book, titled Aurangabad with Daulatbad, Khuldabad, and Ahmadnagar, published by Jaico Books and Deccan Heritage Foundation, London.  The book is available on Amazon here

Here is the book description from Amazon: "This guidebook focuses on four cities and sites in Maharashtra of exceptional historical importance and architectural interest. While Aurangabad is well known as a convenient base from which to reach the celebrated cave-temples at Ajanta and Ellora, the city's tombs and mosques are hardly ever visited. Many of these were built during the 17th century, when the city served as the second capital of the Mughal Empire, taking its name from the emperor Aurangzeb who spent many years here. A short distance from Aurangabad is Daulatabad. This citadel is dominated by a rugged basalt hill, the sides of which have been artificially scooped into vertical faces, beneath which are situated a number of palaces and mosques dating back to the 13th-14th centuries. The nearby small walled town of Khuldabad is celebrated for its holy Sufi shrines, inside one of which Aurangzeb himself is buried."

Pushkar Sohoni studied architecture at the University of Pune, and then Indian architectural history at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, obtaining his PhD in 2010 with a survey of the Nizam Shahi monuments in and around Ahmadnagar. Among his published articles is his contribution on Nizam Shahi architecture in Silent Splendour: Palaces of the Deccan (14th-19th Centuries), Mumbai: Marg Foundation, 2010. Currently the South Asia Studies Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania, he continues to pursue his interest in Indian medieval archaeology and numismatics. He teaches a yearlong course in the C.U. in India program called "Great Monuments of India", which features a 2-week trip to India to visit architectural and historic sites in Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Aurangabad, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.