Architect Gurmeet S Rai, 54, recalls her admission interview at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, in 1989, where she aspired to pursue architectural conservation. She had always wanted to work on the cultural heritage of Punjab. As a child, she had spent vacations with her family in a village near Gurdaspur. Register Now. It’s Free. Register to continue reading this story for free. Sign In if already a registered user. Email / Mobile: Continue OR Continue with Facebook Continue with Google Already a member? Sign in "That sentiment was set deep into my being but I had never really articulated it," says Delhi-based Rai. In the following decades, she worked on several projects in the state, including preparing a comprehensive list of historic buildings on the Grand Trunk Road. As a city anchor for the central government urban revitalisation project – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana – she restored many historical buildings in Amritsar. Her experiences and interest in the region reflect in a new book Amritsar – A City in Remembrance (Om Books International; Rs 3,000), which combines her architectural expertise with photographs by her husband Raghu Rai. The narrative presents the history and culture… Read full this story
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