去年秋天在大半的西方世界歡欣鼓舞張燈結彩與家人互饋禮物慶祝節期之際,我完成了生平的夢想,造訪了以前所不知的東方世界。我的護照上過去六十五年蓋過許多不同的印章,但印度不在其上。因此我趁假期之便,與友人結伴,展開了特殊的東方建築之旅,一睹貿易帝國盛世的遺留;幸運的話,還可以順便騎一、兩趟大象。

踏上香料之路的首都後,今日印度的貧窮讓我們吃驚。印度是全球第二多人口最多的國家,依定義說來也是全球最大的民主國家,但國內仍有數百萬人生活情況極為困苦,這在我們遊覽王宮、廟宇和文化藝術色彩豐富的城市途中,形成一種奇特的旅遊經驗。在我去訪之前,我只知道泰姬瑪哈陵是大而美的建物,但那天造訪印度此一最具代表性的目的地時,天氣迷濛,白色大理石的陵墓彷彿是從霧中冒出來,美的令人感到窒息,規模之大也超過預期。

As a lifelong student of the arts, the craftsmanship of the entire city was as moving as the story of the builders and their buildings: Artists created a legendary façade fit to honor Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, as the Emperor invested nearly 2 decades and the entire national budget to remember his wife. After completing the construction, the families and artists stayed in Agra. As such, Agra is the only place where they still have the particular style of art, passed from generation to generation much like the skills in our industry.

我們在日出前就到現場排隊,幾千名熱情的觀光客在拼命拍照,探索活歷史。我們拍了日出、正午、午後和日落的照片。日落時分,五顏六色在天空迴旋,呈現出一幅跟建築本身互相輝映的美麗圖畫。我們整天也都在讚賞陵墓的建築之美,文中所附照片即可印證它的輝宏美麗!

繼續閱讀 | Translations:  日文 Japanese继续阅读簡體字 Simplified Chinese – 繼續閱讀繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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