KOOLSKOOL attended the launch of "The Taj Conspiracy", and spent time with the author Manreet Sodhi Someshwar in Bangalore. Manreet's new book is her first in the thriller genre, and revolves around Mehrunisa (a Mughal scholar) discovering the murder of the Taj supervisor, and then unraveling a sinister plot to destroy the Taj Mahal. The book written in short chapters moves in rapid pace from Agra, to Delhi, to POK and into Chhattisgarh.
Manreet uses extensive research to also dredge up some of the urban legends at the contradictory fact of the Taj not having been built by Shahjehan.
This book is the first of the Mehrunisa trilogy.
Some of the conspiracy theories (unproven either way) have been put forward by:
P N Oak in 1965 who submits that the monument was actually a Rajput palace. In 1968 he also found Shahjehan's confession to that effect.
Similarly V S Godbole has agreed with Oak's theory, and also published a paper in 1982, to that effect.
Manreet, from the research she has used, does not subscribe to the contradictory theory.
Manreet Sodhi Someshwar An award-winning writer (Commonwealth Broadcasting Association), and copywriter (Creative Abbey), she is a popular blogger as well.Manreet's other books include "Earning the Laundry Stripes"