Books

Books

Rajan has been conferred with several national and international awards for photography, including the commonwealth photographic award for environment, the National Wildlife Photographer Award and the National Award on the theme of literacy.

He has held several solo shows including the ones at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai and Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. He was part of the five-member Jury appointed by Government of India to judge the National Art Awards, 2012

CHAI: The Experience of Indian Tea

Launched by Narendra Modi in New Delhi (INDIA) on 21st April, 2014 and in London (UK) on 1st May, 2014. It has won publishers first choice award in India, 1st prize in World Gourmet award conducted by Cordon Bleu.

[CHAI BOOK LAUNCH COVERAGE & Photo Gallery]

A very unique and interesting subject has been beautifully written and converted into a famous coffee table book by Rajan. The book covers different varieties of wonderful tea of India, from the delicate Darjeeling's, deep flavours of Assam, Nilgiri and the fragrance of the Kangras and Dooras. The book is not just about the flavor or taste of the tea but it also covers the step by step technique and timing for picking and processing also covering the origin and development of Indian teas, providing clear insights into nurturing and framing of the tea bush. Comparisons are drawn between the traditionally produced and packaged teas and the mass marketed varieties, between the rot vane orthodox method, the hand methods used for high-grade teas and the now-dominant CTC method. The book also examines the lives of the worker in simple words yet in an extraordinary way in the labor-intensive growing and picking phase. The techniques used in branding and marketing, tea auctions and e-auctions in fact every single aspect of this far-reaching enterprise, from its origins in China to its destination in the teapots of the U.K. and other parts of the world. The authors have even gone so far as to present 24 pages of recipes that use tea-not forgetting the pre-dinner cocktails!!

 

Brahma's Pushkar

A coffee table book was conceptualized by Rajan and the text and design was provided by Historian and co-author of this book Aman Nath.

A small town Pushkar, 12 kms, from Ajmer in Rajasthan, is one of the most cultural & religious centres in India. It is believed that, in seeking an earthly abode, Brahma scattered lotus petals from which three lakes were formed. Identified with his lotus, this site came to be called Pushkar. The Pushkar mela, held around the Kartik Purnima (Full moon night) attracts millions of people from around the world. The fascinating hues, sights, sounds & fragrance of this unique fair attracted Rajan & he decided to share this experience via a Coffee Table book on Pushkar & the envisions.