Exclusive: The Myanmar Jamatkhana by Muslim Harji @Simergphotos

PLEASE CLICK: Photo Essay: The Ismaili Jamatkhana in Myanmar, With Notes on the Community’s Patriotic Spirit

Also, publishing on Sunday, April 20, 2014: Concepts of Modern Cosmology
and Astrophysics in the Ginans

Please click on image for photo essay. Copyright: Muslim Harji

Please click on image for photo essay. Copyright: Muslim Harji

 

“Ba Shokouh” – The Magnificent Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe @Simergphotos

“We salute those who have donated their time and talent and material resources to this project, including those who designed, constructed and decorated this building and its surroundings. You have created a remarkable building that will enhance the cityscape of Dushanbe.”
His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Ismaili Imam

Please click: “Ba Shokouh” – The Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

View into entry foyer of the Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe. Please click on image for exclusive photos. Photo: FNDA Architecture Inc. Copyright.

View into entry foyer of the Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe. Please click on image for exclusive photos. Photo: FNDA Architecture Inc. Copyright.

Photo Collection and Stirring Speech Excerpts of His Highness the Aga Khan at Simergphotos

Simerg’s recent post about His Highness the Aga Khan’s dynamic and stirring address to members of the Canadian Parliament has been published at Simergphotos under a different page theme suited for photos. Please click on the following image to read the speech as well as view the photos, some of which are exclusive to Simerg.

Please click on image to read post at ww.Simergphotos.com

Please click on image to read post at www.Simergphotos.com

For the original Simerg post, please click on In a Dynamic and Stirring Address to Members of the Canadian Parliament, His Highness the Aga Khan Shares His Faith Perspectives

Ismailis in China: 48th Imam’s Historical Messages and Quotes, 3 Jamatkhanas, Cemeteries, Maps, Culture and Heritage by Ghulam Panjwani

Following the recent publication of an exclusive piece Ismailis in China – A Travelogue with a Special Photo Collection by Ghulam Panjwani, we are happy to add more photos and images to the original collection, and publish it as a special photo essay at Simerg’s companion photo blog. Please click on the following link or image:

Photo Essay: Ismailis in China

Hand carved and painted ceilings, pillars and walls inside Xingjiang's Poskam jamatkhana. Please click on image for more photos.

Hand carved and painted ceilings, pillars and walls inside Xingjiang’s Poskam jamatkhana. Please click on image for more photos.

Our Final Post for 2013: Nelson Mandela at Robben Island by Muslim and Ayesha Harji

Muslim Harji shares his photos of “Robben Island”, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life, for the first time since he captured them some seven years ago. He decided to release them through this blog following the recent death of the great African freedom fighter and icon at the age of 95.

PLEASE CLICK: Photo Essay: The Robben Island Prison Through My Lens by Muslim and Ayesha Harji

Please click for Robben Island

Please click for Robben Island

 And forthcoming on New Year’s Day

Please click: EXCLUSIVE: Ismailis in China – A Travelogue with a Special Photo Collection by Ghulam Panjwani

The foyer of the jamatkhana in Tashkurgan, with the Khalifah at the right. Photo: Ghulam Panjwani Collection. Copyright.

The foyer of the jamatkhana in Tashkurgan, with the Khalifah at the right. Photo: Ghulam Panjwani Collection. Copyright. Watch this page on January 1, 2014.

At End of 2013, a Selection of Great Reads from Simerg and Simergphotos…and Coming on New Year’s Day — “Ismailis in China”

 IMG_1969

THE NEW OTTAWA JAMATKHANA

The new Ottawa jamatkhana marks a new chapter in the life of the Ismaili community of the National Capital Region and will become a symbol of the community’s commitment to Ottawa…

 11 - Qayl as an astronaut  QAYL’S ENCOUNTERS WITH ASTRONAUTS

Exploring space…learning about what’s there and how to get there, is something that I am interested in. I decided to do a photo essay…“a picture is worth a thousand words” 

 Post op patient

A SURGEON’S JOURNEY TO CHITRAL

This story is an example of hope that Dr. Kurwa has brought to people living in some of the remotest areas in the world…

 Daman Jamatkhana Foundation

THE ISMAILI COMMUNITY IN DAMAN

The period of the Ismaili Imam Islam Shah marked the growth of the Khoja community of Ismailis all over India. The Khojas in Daman were part of the migrants…

 V0029869 A plague house being whitewashed by men standing on scaffold THE AGA KHAN AND THE BUBONIC PLAGUE

“I knew that I must take the initiative. I was not entirely without scientific knowledge. I was convinced that the Surgeon General’s Department was working along the wrong lines…”

 Bead Bai Cover  SULTAN SOMJEE’S ‘BEAD BAI’

If you look at the face again after reading the 450-page tome, you would be forgiven for losing yourself in sheer rapture of the woman who has made you fall in love with her story….

…..WITH OTHER GREATS PIECES, JUST A CLICK AWAY
(Please on click image below)

Please click on image for links to articles published in 2013 (and earlier)

Please click on image for links to articles published in 2013 (and earlier)

_____________________

FORTHCOMING….ITS HERE

Please click: EXCLUSIVE: Ismailis in China – A Travelogue with a Special Photo Collection by Ghulam Panjwani

Carved ceiling of Poskam jamatkhana. Photo: Ghulam Panjwani Collection.

Carved ceiling of Poskam jamatkhana, Xingjiang, China. Watch this space on January 1, 2014. Photo: Ghulam Panjwani Collection. Copyright.

Photo Essay: Karim Master’s Original Copy of “Fidai” Magazine Published in 1936 to Commemorate the Golden Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan

Karim Master’s Original Copy of “Fidai” Magazine Published in 1936 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan

Please click on image for photo essay on Fidai magazine

Please click on image for photo essay on Fidai magazine

360° Panorama Photos of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Delegation Building

Introduced by Malik Merchant
Publisher-Editor, Simerg and Simergphotos

Born in Woking, United Kingdom, Martin Bloomfield is a designer photographer and an expert in 3D animation. He has travelled the world over, and now lives with his family in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Before leaving for Africa in 2012, Bloomfield spent some time in Ottawa where he took a series of powerful and stunning panoramic and 360° views of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building.

His set of five panoramic photos of the Delegation Building along with their incredible 360° views are featured at 360cities and we are pleased to offer the links below, with permission from Steve Hercher.

A couple of notes: Once you are taken to 360Cities from below, you may then do the following (4 or 5 being the highlight):

(1) Click on HIDE CONTROLS to view a clear picture;
(2) Click on FULL SCREEN MODE to see your entire screen filled with the photo (ESC to get out);
(3) When all CONTROLS are displayed, use the magnifying feature (+ or -) for close-ups; and MOST IMPORTANT
(4) Use your mouse (or finger as applicable for the device) to rotate the photo in any direction by using the compass above the magnifying option. This outstanding and superb feature will provide you with an enriching experience of the building and its architecture. You may also use the magnifying option in conjunction with the 360° rotating compass ball for yet another perspective OR
(5) As an alternative to (4) you may Left click on your mouse and drag it in the direction you want to move.

The 360Cities website has stunning photographs from all around the world taken by Bloomfield and many others like him. Also during your visit to 360Cities please learn more about panoramic picture-taking by clicking on their informative links such as How to and so on.

An Enthralling Visit to the Ismaili Imamat’s
Delegation Building in Ottawa

(Please click on images for panoramas)
MBloomfield Delegation 01

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat – Exterior 1

MBloomfield Delegation 02

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat – Exterior 2

MBloomfield Delegation 03

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat – Exterior 3

MBloomfield Delegation 04

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat – Interior 1

MBloomfield Delegation 05

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat – Interior 2

Date posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

Also click on our most recent post Photo Essay: Celebrating Sussex Drive, His Highness the Aga Khan and, Five Years on, the Crystalline Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building

Note: This piece is repeated at www.simergphotos.com

__________

We welcome feedback/letters from our readers. Please use the LEAVE A REPLY box which appears below or send your letter to simerg@aol.com. Your feedback may be edited for length and brevity, and is subject to moderation. We are unable to acknowledge unpublished letters

Photo Essay: Celebrating Sussex Drive, His Highness the Aga Khan and the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building

Sussex Drive with some other connecting streets in Canada’s National Capital Region, makes up what is known as the Confederation Boulevard or the “ceremonial and discovery route”.  Some of Canada’s most important institutions and landmarks including the residences of the Governor General and the Prime Minister are on Sussex Drive.

Please click: A Celebration of Sussex Drive, His Highness the Aga Khan and, Five Years on, the Crystalline Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building

Please click on image to read photo essay

Please click on image to read photo essay

The newest addition is the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building which was opened by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on December 6, 2008 in the presence of the 49th Ismaili Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. The photo essay provides a comprehensive overview of Sussex Drive. You will find out exactly where the Delegation Building is located and how it impacts the architectural landscape of Ottawa with its magnificent glass dome.

Photo Essay: John F. Kennedy – the 35th President of the United States of America

A TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by an assassin’s bullets as his motorcade wound through Dallas, Texas.

35jk_header

Kennedy was the youngest man elected President; he was the youngest to die. On the 50th anniversary of the death of the beloved President, Simergphotos presents a unique collection of photos from his Presidential Library.

Please click: Photo Essay: Remembering President John F. Kennedy
(May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963)

22 November, 1963: President Kennedy reaches out to the crowd gathered at the Hotel Texas Parking Lot Rally in Fort Worth, TX. Photo credit: Cecil Stoughton/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. Please click on image for article and more photos.

22 November, 1963: President Kennedy reaches out to the crowd gathered at the Hotel Texas Parking Lot Rally in Fort Worth, TX. Photo credit: Cecil Stoughton/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. Please click on image for article and more photos.