CASTLES IN THE AIR
MISADVENTURES OF A PROFESSION
Laughter is said to be the best elixir and the book is a satire on architecture written by one who knows the bricks and concrete of the profession by heart.
The author, an architect himself, delves into the journey of a professional practice. The book is witty with acerbic humor. Word by word, sentence by sentence, page by page, every scene unfolds like a screenplay, leaving the reader amazed with the brutalities of life in architecture, and life itself.
The book is not for architects alone; it is for the clients who initiate jobs establishing noble and worthy projects. It is for the builders and contractors who execute them; it is for the craftsmen and the masons, who, by the dexterity of their hands create magic in details. It is for the services consultants and allied engineers who ensure the smooth functioning of the buildings. It is for the sculptors, painters, and artists who induce art into architecture. It is for the students of architecture who will be in the profession in times to come and should be well-prepared to face the challenges ahead. It is for lay readers who are curious to know how architecture and allied vocations function.
The book is for the eager housewives who misconstrue design with decoration. It is also for the politicians who are the kingmakers and implement the magnanimous visions into reality.
It is for all who are even remotely connected with the building industry.
“Castles in the air is an honest affirmation of an architect’s imagination. The manifestation is evident.”
Ar S.D. Sharma
“Very readable, enjoyable, a must read by all concerned with building industry in any way.”
Ar. Sumit Kaur
“Castles in the air’ is a sarcastic, macabre and acerbic depiction of a life of an architect.”
Ar Sarbjit Singh Bahga
“Strongly worded, and direct. It is venomous: Thoroughly enjoyable.”
Ar Rajiv Katpalia
“Truthfully depicted. Few authors, especially professionals have the courage to put on paper, the daily dilemmas of a profession as candidly as Sharma.”
“As incredible story of the practice of modern architecture an engrossing read as the author uses the technique of the fiction writing to bring alive the saga of a profession.”