Bara Imambara, Lucknow. A “complex built by Asaf-ud-daulah, Nawab of Lucknow, in 1784, also called the Asafi Imambara.” Architect Hafiz Kifayat ullah Shahjahanabadi.

In honor of Syed Ali Raza, who would have been 100 on November 29th, 2013. He was born just outside this “city of Nawabs” and attended Shia College in Lucknow maturing into a most exceptionally gifted, unique, and principled man. Abbas, Azra, and I, along with our 4 older siblings are exceedingy fortunate to be his children!

Do read about the then novel idea of “Food for Work” and the bold architectural design of this amazing structure here and here.