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MSP Recruitment 2014 “UnBoxed” !!

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Is your love of technology impossible to hide? Do you aspire to do more than what’s expected? Do you live to code? Do you love social media? Are you really involved on your campus? Then this opportunity is made for a student like you.

Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs) are social and friendly students who like to meet new people. MSPs are the game changers of the future. They think and act boldly.

As an MSP you would :

  • build apps and demos
  • demonstrate the newest technologies and host tech events on your campus
  • acquire the tools and training to lead technology discussions on your campus
  • build your global network with industry experts
  • connect with like-minded students and faculty around the world
  • attend trainings from Microsoft leaders to enhance your knowledge about cutting edge technologies
  • be the one on your campus with insight and answers on Microsoft technologies

What will You Do as an MSP?

•As an MSP, you’ll be informed about the latest Microsoft technologies. You will acquire the tools and training to lead technology discussions on your campus.
•You will demonstrate the newest technologies, host tech events, and connect with like-minded students and faculty.
•You will lead the Microsoft Student Community at your campus.
•You will work closely with Microsoft and the other MSPs, and build and important network of contacts.
•You will get a proof of your MSP participation that can be used when you apply for work.

 Microsoft Student Partners this past year:

•Built applications.
•Demoed features of Microsoft technologies to students and faculty on campus.
•Recruited for Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition.
•Chatted about Microsoft technologies on their social networks.
•Helped other students find free software through DreamSpark and IT Academy.
•Attended trainings from Microsoft leaders to enhance their knowledge about cutting edge technologies.
•Found a mentor and continued to build their global network and career skillset.

MSP recruitment procedure 2014 in India, has been announced to be the most difficult amongst the 80 countries where the program is on .

The recruitment procedure was first announced at the MSP summit ’13 at Tula’s in Dehradun on 18th october ’13.

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The aspirants have to complete atleast two of the four activities to be eligible for evaluation for the MSP program. However, people completing more than two activities would have a preference . Complete as many activities as you can !!!

The four activities are :

1. build a windows 8 App

Build 1 New Windows 8 App and it should be published to the Windows Store between 25th October, 2013 and 31st December, 2013. Please note that those new Windows 8 apps that go through the App Lab and get a Silver or higher grading before being published on the Store will be considered more favorably.

The following apps will not be considered as a successful completion of this activity:

i. Calculators
ii. RSS Feeds
iii. Converters (Currency, Time etc.)
iv. App(s) builts using third party App Builders

Building a Windows 8 app :

To start developing your apps, you’ll need to install the right tools to get the job done. The Visual Studio 2012 family of development tools offers a powerful development environment to build great apps quickly. Two free versions of Visual Studio 2012 are available to build your apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

Tool Description
Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 Tool to build Windows Store apps. It is free, and includes the Windows 8 SDK, Blend for Visual Studio, and project templates. For more info and links to the download, visitDeveloper downloads for programming Windows Store apps.
Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone Tool to build Windows Phone 8 apps. It’s free and includes the Windows Phone SDK 8.0, Blend for Visual Studio, and project templates. For more info, see Windows Phone SDK tools.

If you install Visual Studio Pro or greater versions, along with Windows Phone SDK 8.0 and Windows 8 SDK, you can build both app types.

So, you have the tools and you’re sold on the opportunity. What’s next? Well, your time is a valuable asset and you probably want to make the most efficient use of it as possible. You can start right away to code an app for Windows Phone 8 by creating a new project using one of the installed templates. You can do the same for your Windows Store app. However, it makes sense to first consider who you are, your situation and what you are trying to achieve. Knowing the answers to these questions will set you on a path that’s a more effective use of your time.

Who are you? What is your situation? Suggested approach
I’m new to developing apps I have no existing apps, but I can’t wait to build and ship an app in the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store. As a beginner, we recommend that you grab the free tools and start exploring app building for either platform.

I am a seasoned Windows Phone app developer I’ve already built Windows Phone apps and now I want to build apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. You’ll find a lot of similarities when you develop your apps for both platforms. To get started, explore the following:

I’m a seasoned Windows Store app developer I’ve already built Windows Store apps and now I want to build apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. You’ll find a lot of similarities when you develop your apps for both platforms. To get started, explore the following:

I’m a seasoned developer from another platform I’ve built apps for other platforms, and I want to ship them, or new creations, on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Many of the programming concepts will be familiar. Both platforms support C++, and the tools have templates to help get you started. To get started, explore the following:

I’m a gaming developer from another platform I’ve built games for other platforms and I want to bring them to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. We’ve invested extensively in native gaming support on Windows Phone 8 and this will make it possible for you to port your existing games to both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

Get set up:

  1. Download and install the free tools.
    Microsoft provides two free tools, designed to work together, that help you develop, test, and deploy Windows Store apps: Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows 8.1 and Blend for Visual Studio. (These tools require Windows 8.1.)
  2. Run Visual Studio to get a developer license.
    After you install the tools, run Visual Studio. To develop and test Windows Store apps, you need a developer license, which is free. When Visual Studio prompts you, follow the prompt to get your license.
    (You can also get your developer license without running Visual Studio. For more info, see Get a developer license.)

Explore

You don’t need to learn a new language to start building a Windows Store app—you can create a Windows Store app with what you already know:

  • JavaScript with HTML/CSS
  • C#, Visual Basic, or C++ with XAML
  • C++ with DirectX

Make an app:

After you download the development tools, get a developer license, and pick a language, you’re ready to create your first app. These tutorials show you how:

Design

When planning your Windows Store app, think less about what features you want to include and more about what your app is great at. Once you define the vision for your app, you can start to envision the possibilities for your app’s design. Think about the aspects of an app that make it unique, and uniquely Windows. Plan how you can use visual elements to make your app stand out from the rest. Get inspired by case studies, idea books, and examples of great app design. Plan ahead for different form factors and input interactions, and familiarize yourself with the toolspatternscontrols, andguidelines for designing the app experience.

Envision and design your app:

  • Defining vision helps you frame your design work around a single experience goal for your app. Decide what your app is great at and focus your thinking around that vision of greatness.
  • Migration case studies describe how to redesign a website as a Windows Store app and how to redesign an iPad app as a Windows Store app.
  • Category idea books aim to inspire you with walkthroughs of app ideas in various categories, from financial apps to games, and everything in between.
  • Form factor guidance explains how you can design once, and let your app come alive on devices of all sizes.
  • Downloads for design includes Adobe Illustrator templates, Photoshop templates, Balsamiq mockups, PowerPoint wireframes, and the index of UX guidelines.
  • Windows 8 app certification requirements describe the criteria for publishing your app to the Windows Store. Reading through these requirements can be a great help as you plan your app.

Develop

Create a UI

When you create a Windows Store app, you have access to easy-to-use APIs that simplify layout and presentation. You can design your UI by using the designer in Microsoft Visual Studio or Blend for Visual Studio, and you can fine-tune by directly editing HTML or XAML.

conceptual image of coding a UI in Visual Studio and turning that into a live app

Try it out:

Search and share with other apps

Windows Store apps can search across other apps and even share content with other apps by supporting the right app contracts. App contracts provide a way for apps to work together. They make it easy to access data stored or created by another app by eliminating the need to work with varying standards or app-specific APIs.

For example, Windows lets users share content from one app to another. The app that shares the content out supports a source contract by meeting specific requirements, while the app that receives the shared content supports a target contract by meeting a different set of requirements. You don’t need to know anything about the target app other than its declared support for the target contract———it just works.

conceptual image of searching for Windows Store apps

Try it out:

Create and update tiles

A tile is an extension of your app and can provide much more personal and engaging info than a traditional icon. Use a live tile to provide info on the Start screen even when your app isn’t running.

conceptual image of live data within an app and in a live tile

Try it out:

  • JavaScript with HTML
    • Quickstart: Creating a default tile shows you how to create a default tile—the tile displayed in the Start screen until the tile begins to receive notifications—by using the Microsoft Visual Studio Manifest Editor.
    • Quickstart: Sending a tile update shows you how to define new tile content, send it to your tile, and remove that content once it’s no longer needed.
  • C#, Visual Basic, or C++ with XAML
    • Quickstart: Creating a default tile shows you how to create a default tile—the tile displayed in the Start screen until the tile begins to receive notifications—by using the Microsoft Visual Studio Manifest Editor.
    • Quickstart: Sending a tile update shows you how to define new tile content, send it to your tile, and remove that content once it’s no longer needed.

Use devices and sensors

Windows Store apps can access several types of devices, like cameras and removable storage. Apps can also access input from eight sensors, including accelerometer, inclinometer, gyrometer, compass, ambient-light, orientation, and (with the user’s permission) geographic location sensors.

conceptual image of webcam, geographic, and removable storage providing data for an app

Try it out:

Get all the tools required for app development HERE !!

App Lab:

once you have made your app share your app pacakage with the app lab , get their review and implement them in your app.

App Lab provides design, technical and quality review support for Windows Store Apps and Windows Phone Apps. Write to them at w8pitcrew@microsoft.com with the following details: 

  • Subject: 
     <College Name> App Lab Request < Tech/Design/Review (choose one)>
  • E-mail Body:
    App Name: 
    App Description: 
    URL for XAP/App Package: Upload your .xap file (for Windows Phone apps) or App Package (for Windows Store apps) to SkyDrive or equivalent location and include the URL

While the most important ingredient in the entire app building journey is the “Idea” itself, it is equally important to understand the key aspects of a “good quality” app:

  • Usefulness: The app offers adequate value to users.
  • Stickiness: The app contains features/content that makes users feel like using it frequently.
  • Consistency: The app leverages the design (look & feel) and usage paradigm (functionality) of the underlying platform.
  • Novelty: Uniqueness of the app compared to other similar apps in the Store.

Activity 2. Windows Azure Community Contribution:

Mentor at least 1 unique individual from the community to achieve the status of a “Windows Azure Champion” by organizing workshops/ seminars/ trainings/ evangelism sessions by engaging with Startup’s/ Business Incubators/ Developers/ Technology Enthusiasts/ Technocrats etc.

The status of windows azure community contributor would be strictly as per the Terms & Conditions of the Windows Azure App Accelerator Campaign as per the valid claims sent toindiaazurechamp@microsoft.com from 25th October, 2013 to 31st December, 2013

The following will be the eligibility criteria: a. Participants need to sign-up for a Windows Azure account using any of the offers HERE !!
b. Participants can only sign up for one Windows Azure free trial. Multiple free trial sign -ups by a single individual are not allowed.
c. Each participant should have a minimum usage of 50 USD dollar equivalent real time consumption of Azure during the application building/deployment of Azure, which would be over and above the free trial usage/ free usage limit to be eligible to compete for this campaign.
d. Only those who sign up, activate and consume Azure real time equivalent usage of Minimum 50 USD dollars would be considered eligible for this campaign.
e. Participants need to send us the following details on indiaazurechamp@microsoft.com as part of their claim process. In case they have been helped/ guided by an individual they can mention his/her reference in this e-mail.
i. Windows Azure Account Name, E- Mail id and Azure Subscription ID.

ii. Screenshot of the Windows Azure account which should reflect their e mail id , their Azure subscription ID and a minimum billing of USD 50.

iii. If the Participants are students then their college name/expected year of graduation /course enrolled, contact details needs to be sent as part of the claim process.

iv. If Participants are Technical audience like Developers/ITPro’s /Designers/Architects etc. then their name, organization they represent, and contact details needs to be sent as part of the claim process.

Activity 3. Office App:

Build 1 New Office App and it should be published to the Office Storebetween 25th October, 2013 and 31st December, 2013.

The apps for Office platform lets you create engaging new consumer and enterprise experiences running within supported Office 2013 applications by using the power of the web and standard web technologies like HTML5, XML, CSS3, JavaScript, and REST APIs. You can use your existing knowledge of these web technologies to quickly build your apps.

An app for Office is basically a webpage that is hosted inside an Office client application. You can use apps to extend the functionality of a document, email message, meeting request, or appointment. Apps can run in multiple environments and clients, including rich Office desktop clients, Office Web Apps, mobile browsers, and also on-premises and in the cloud. After you develop and publish your apps to the Office Store or to an onsite catalog, they will be available to consumers from their Office 2013 applications.

To try out some apps, see Download and try out some apps in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Project.

This document provides a quick overview of the apps for Office platform, how an app works inside of an Office application, and how you publish an app to the Office Store or to an onsite catalog for consumers to use. Once you have read this overview, see the section Create your first app for Office .

The basic components of an app for Office are an XML manifest file and a webpage. The manifest defines various settings and points to the webpage that implements the app UI and custom logic, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Manifest + webpage = an app for Office

Manifest plus webpage equals app for OfficeThe manifest specifies settings and capabilities of the app, such as the following:

  • The URL of the webpage that implements the app UI and programming logic.
  • The app display name, description, ID, version, and default locale.
  • Whether the app can be shown as a task pane, in line with document content, or activated contextually in an email message, meeting request, or appointment.
  • The kinds of client applications (including rich and Web App clients) that an app supports.
  • The permission level and data access requirements for the app.

For more information about the apps for Office manifest, see Apps for Office XML manifest overview and Creating a manifest for a mail app for Outlook

This section provides a quick look at the three basic types of apps for Office: task pane, content, and mail.

Task pane apps

Task pane apps work side-by-side with an Office document, and let you supply contextual information and functionality to enhance the document viewing and authoring experience. For example, a task pane app can look up and retrieve product information from a web service based on the product name or part number the user selects in the document. Figure 2 shows an example of a task pane app.

Figure 2. Task pane app

Task Pane app

Content apps

Content apps integrate web-based features as content that can be shown in line with the document. Content apps let you integrate rich, web-based data visualizations, embedded media (such as a YouTube video player or a picture gallery), as well as other external content. Figure 3 shows an example of a content app.

Figure 3. Content app

In content app

Mail apps

Mail apps display next to the currently viewed Outlook items: email message, meeting request, meeting response, meeting cancellation, or appointment. They can access contextual information from the item, and then use that data to access additional information on the server and from web services to create compelling user experiences. In most cases, a mail app runs without modification on Outlook, Outlook Web App and OWA for Devices to provide a seamless experience on the desktop, web, and tablet and mobile devices. Figure 4 shows an example of a mail app.

Note Note
Mail apps require Exchange 2013. POP and IMAP email accounts are not supported.
Figure 4. Mail app

Contextual app

Supported applications

One big benefit of apps for Office is that they can be supported both on Office 2013 rich clients and some corresponding Web Apps. To the developer, this means in many scenarios there is no need to create separate apps for the two different environments or applications. To the end user, it means a consistent user experience across the desktop and web browser.

For task pane apps, this means the same app can run on Excel, Word, and Project. For mail apps, this means the same app can work for Outlook on the desktop, and OWA for Devices and Outlook Web App on tablet and mobile devices.

Table 1 shows the Office client applications (including rich and Web App clients) that support apps for Office, and which types of apps are supported by each Office client.

Table 1. Supported app types
Application Supported types
Excel 2013
  • Task pane
  • Content
Excel Web App
  • Task pane
  • Content
Word 2013
  • Task pane
Outlook 2013
  • Mail
OWA for Devices
  • Mail
Outlook Web App
  • Mail
PowerPoint 2013
  • Task pane
Project Professional 2013
  • Task pane

An app for Office can do pretty much anything a webpage can do inside the browser, such as the following:

  • Provide an interactive UI and custom logic through JavaScript.
  • Use JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery.
  • Connect to REST endpoints and web services via HTTP and AJAX.
  • Run server-side code or logic, if the page is implemented using a server-side scripting language such as ASP or PHP.

And, like webpages, apps for Office are subject to the same restrictions imposed by browsers, such as the same-origin policy for domain isolation, and security zones.

In addition to the regular capabilities of a webpage, apps for Office can interact with the Office application and the user’s content through a JavaScript library that the apps for Office infrastructure provides. The specifics of this interaction depend on the type of app, as follows:

  • For task pane and content apps, the API lets your app read and write to documents, as well as handle key application and user events, such as when the active selection changes.
  • For mail apps, the API lets your app access email message, meeting request, and appointment item properties, and user profile information. The API also provides access to some Exchange Web Services operations. For a summary of top features of mail apps, see Fundamentals for developing mail apps in Outlook.

Apps for Office are secured by an app runtime environment, a multiple-tier permissions model, and performance governors. This framework protects the user’s experience in the following ways:

  • Access to the host application’s UI frame is managed.
  • Only indirect access to the host application’s UI thread is allowed.
  • Modal interactions are not allowed.

Further, the runtime framework provides the following benefits to ensure that an app for Office can’t damage the user’s environment:

  • Isolates the process the app runs in.
  • Doesn’t require .dll or .exe replacement or ActiveX components.
  • Makes apps easy to install and uninstall.

Also, the use of memory, CPU, and network resources by apps for Office is governable to ensure that good performance and reliability are maintained.

For more information about the apps for Office privacy and security model, see Privacy and security for apps for Office.

The following sections briefly describe how the runtime architecture supports running apps in Office rich client applications versus Office Web Apps.

Rich clients

In supported rich clients, such as Word, Excel, and Outlook, apps for Office are supported by integrating an in-process component, the apps for Office runtime, which manages the app lifecycle and enables interoperability between the app and the client application. The app webpage itself is hosted out-of-process inside a web browser control which, in turn, is hosted inside an app runtime process that provides security and performance isolation. The apps for Office runtime manages interprocess communication, the translation of JavaScript API calls and events into native ones, as well as UI remoting support to enable the app to be rendered inside the document, in a task pane, or adjacent to an email message, meeting request, or appointment.

Figure 5 illustrates the components (Apps for Office runtime, host process, and JavaScript API) that are provided to support apps for Office running in Office rich client applications.

Figure 5. Apps for Office rich client runtime environment

Rich-client infrastructure

Web Apps

In supported Web Apps, such as Excel Web App and Outlook Web App, apps for Office are hosted in an iframe that runs using the HTML5 sandbox attribute. ActiveX components or navigating the main page of the Web App are not allowed. Apps for Office support is enabled in the Web Apps by the integration of the JavaScript API for Office. In a similar way to the rich client applications, the JavaScript API manages the app lifecycle and interoperability between the app and the Web App. This interoperability is implemented by using a special cross-frame post message communication infrastructure. The same JavaScript library (Office.js) that is used on rich clients is available to interact with the Web App. Figure 6 illustrates the infrastructure that supports apps for Office in the Office Web Apps (running in the browser), and the relevant components (the Web App, iframe, apps for Office runtime, and JavaScript API for Office) that are required to support them.

Figure 6. Infrastructure that supports apps for Office in Office Web Apps Preview

Web-client infrastructure

To create apps for Office, you can use any application that can save a file as text. But, you can create an app for Office more easily in the “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools web-based development environment, or in Visual Studio 2012 or a later version, by using its project templates, development environment, and debugging tools.

Basic components of an app for Office

To create an app for Office, at minimum, a developer must create an HTML webpage and a manifest file. The HTML page can be published to any web server. The manifest file must point to the location of the webpage and be published to any of the following locations: the public Office Store, an internal SharePoint list, or a shared network location.

The most basic app for Office consists of a static HTML page that is hosted inside the task pane of an Office application, but does not interact with either the Office document or any other Internet resource. Figure 7 shows the components of a basic “Hello World” app for Office.

Figure 7. Components of a Hello World app for Office

Components of a Hello World app

Creating an app for Office by using “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools

Perhaps the quickest way to build an app for Office is directly out of a browser. You can do this by using “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools. “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools is web-based development environment that lets you create projects, write code, and run your apps all within the browser. There is no need to install any other tools such as Visual Studio. To learn more, see Create apps for Office and SharePoint by using “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools.

You can begin developing apps for Office by using “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools and then open these projects in Visual Studio if you decide that you want to leverage features such as advanced debugging or the ability to use a web project as part of your app for Office.

Creating an app for Office by using Visual Studio

The most powerful way to build an app for Office is to use the App for Office project template in Visual Studio. Just make a few selections in a wizard. Visual Studio creates a complete solution that contains all of the files that you need to begin testing your app in Office immediately. Visual Studio provides a full range of features to make it easy for you to develop and test apps for Office.

The figure 8 below shows you some of the features that help you develop app for Office.

Figure 8. Visual Studio environment

Visual Studio environment for creating apps

  • Get started quickly with a complete Visual Studio solution.Your solution contains a prepopulated XML manifest file, script libraries, styles sheets, starter HTML and JavaScript files that you can use to get started quickly. The starter HTML file contains a reference to style sheets that enable you to develop a page that has the look and feel of Office. This page also refers to other important files such as a default JavaScript file that you can use to add your JavaScript code. The default JavaScript file contains sample code to help you get started with the JavaScript API for Office.
  • Edit the XML manifest file by using an editor.Modify the most common settings of your app by using a convenient property page-like editor. As you interact with the editor, Visual Studio updates the XML manifest file in your app project for you. You can also edit the XML manifest file directly. The editor and the XML manifest file remain in sync.
  • Quickly uncover validation errors.Validation errors appear in the code editor as well as in the ERRORLIST window. In the code editor, you can point to a validation error to view a tooltip that describes the error.
  • Discover objects in the JavaScript API for Office by using IntelliSense.When you type the name of an object in the JavaScript API for Office, lists of all valid objects or members appear in a drop-down list. You can scroll through the list or type the first few letters of a member to move to that member in the list. As you highlight items in the drop-down list, IntelliSense displays information about the object or parameters.
  • Find and fix issues quickly by using the Visual Studio debugger.When you start the solution, Visual Studio opens the Office application for you. Depending on the type of app for Office you create, Visual Studio automatically shows the app in the Office application. To find and fix issues in your app, set breakpoints, interact with the app, and then step through your code.
  • Package your app for publishing by using the publish wizard.When you are ready to publish your app for Office, just make a few selections in the publish wizard. Visual Studio generates all of the files that you need to publish the app to the SharePoint corporate catalog, the Office store, file catalog share, or Exchange catalog.

JavaScript API for Office

The JavaScript API for Office consists of members of the Microsoft.Office.WebExtension namespace (which is accessed using the Office object in code) contains objects and members for building apps and interacting with Office content and web services.

For more information about the JavaScript API for Office:

You can publish apps for Office to four distribution end-points:

  • Office Store—This is a public marketplace that Microsoft will host and regulate on Office.com. In the Office Store, developers around the world can publish and sell their custom Office solutions, and then end users and IT professionals can download them for personal or corporate use.When a developer uploads an app to the Office Store, Microsoft validates the code. For example, it verifies that the app manifest markup is valid and complete. If the code is valid, Microsoft digitally signs the app package. The Office Store then takes care of the consumer download experience from discovery to purchase, upgrades, and updates.
  • Apps for Office catalog on SharePoint—For task pane and content apps, IT departments can deploy private app catalogs to provide the same app acquisition experience that the Office Store provides. This new catalog and development platform enables IT departments to use a streamlined method to distribute apps for Office and SharePoint to managed users from a central location.App catalogs are available to all SharePoint 2013 customers (including Office 365 and SharePoint on-premise). An app catalog enables publishing and management of both internally created apps as well as apps that are available in the Office Store and licensed for corporate use.
  • Exchange catalog—This is a private catalog for mail apps that is available to users of the Exchange server on which it resides. It enables publishing and management of corporate mail apps, including internally created apps as well as apps that are available in the Office Store and licensed for corporate use.
  • Network shared folder app catalog—IT departments and developers can also deploy task pane and content apps to a central network shared folder, where the manifest files will be stored and managed. Users can then acquire apps by specifying this shared folder as a trusted catalog, or IT departments can configure this shared folder as a trusted catalog by using a registry setting.

For more information, see Publish apps for Office.

The following scenarios show that apps for Office are targeted, quick-hit apps that can be used to solve complex, time-consuming problems.

These scenarios suggest ways in which you can, for example, surface line-of-business data and drive adoption of structured business processes in the familiar Office UI across multiple devices. They suggest how you could use an expense-managing app that connects Office, SharePoint, and SAP, or create an app that combines sales data with maps from the Bing Maps web service to create more effective sales reports. They show how you can unlock the return on your existing investments, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) applications, by spending less time navigating to and from these applications from an Office client.

Scenarios include:

  • Translation wizard—A Word task pane app that automatically translates selected text from the document language to another language selected from a drop-down list.
  • Chart creation—An Excel content app that builds a chart automatically from selected data.
  • Third-party service integration—A Word or Excel task pane app that automatically displays the Wikipedia page that corresponds to selected text.
  • Rich mash-ups—A Bing map content app in Excel that plots the offshore equipment and resource locations for a petroleum company, including getting this information in real time from the company resource-management system.
  • Spec validation—A section or paragraph of a design specification for an aircraft component is flagged as outdated, because a Word task pane app that communicates with a business system to validate the contents against the latest spec.
  • Order details surfaced in context—A mail app that detects a purchase order number or customer number embedded in an email message and presents details of the order or customer in the message. This could include an action to take, such as approval.

A typical app for Office solution involves the following components:

  • client device running the supported Office rich client or Web App—which can be a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone (for mail apps on OWA for Devices or Outlook Web App).
  • For Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Project:
    • A document, workbook, presentation, or project.
    • A task pane or content app that the user installed from the public Office Store or from a private SharePoint or file-based app catalog.
  • For Outlook:
    • The user’s email account and mailbox, which resides on an Exchange Server.
    • A mail app that the user or Exchange Server administrator installed through the Exchange Admin Center (EAC).
Note Note
The user’s installation of an app for Office consists of a pointer to an XML manifest file, which specifies the URL from which to load the app webpage and script at run time.

For all supported Office applications, the implementation of the app for Office itself consists of the following server-based components:

  • An XML manifest file which resides on a public or private app catalog.
  • The app HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files, which the developer creates and which reside on a web server.
  • The JavaScript library files, such as JavaScript API for Office (Office.js) and the Microsoft AJAX Library (MicrosoftAjax.js), which Microsoft provides. The app accesses the JavaScript library files from content delivery network (CDN) URLs, as specified in its HTML file.

When a user starts an app for Office in a supported Office rich client or Web App, the following events occur:

  1. When a supported Office application starts, it reads the XML manifests for the apps that have been installed for or by the user.
  2. For Excel, PowerPoint, Project, or Word: When a user inserts or opens a document that contains an app, the Office application loads the app, making its UI visible in the user interface.For Outlook: Whenever the current Outlook context satisfies the activation conditions of an app, Outlook activates the app, making its UI visible in the user interface.
  3. The Office application opens the HTML page in a web browser control (rich client) or an iframe (Web App). The web browser control uses Internet Explorer 9 or later components and provides security and performance isolation.
  4. The browser control or iframe loads the HTML body, and calls the event handler for the onload event.
  5. The apps for Office framework calls the event handler for the initialize event of the Office object.
  6. When the HTML body finishes loading and the app finishes initializing, the main function of the app can proceed.

Activity 4. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA):

Utilize Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) to keep enhancing your skills andget featured on the Top Students Weekly Leader Board in India on the Official Microsoft Virtual Academy Website.

Work hard for 2-3 days you can easily get featured on MVA as top ten Students of the Week . You would need total points in proximity of 2000 to get to the 1st position

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TAJ Mahal or Tejo Mahalya

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A few months ago I came across a video on you tube declaring Taj Mahal to be a Hindu temple. My first reaction was “why do people have to be so cynical??” But as the video Progressed it drew my attention. Being from Jamshedpur – The abode of TATAs the two Taj Mahals I Knew – were “THE TAJ” and the chain of hotels By the TATAs. If Taj Mahal was the name of a mausoleum, a place where numerous dead are buried, why did the illustrious House of Tatas, in 1905, name Mumbai’s first world class hotel, Taj Mahal. You cannot attract guests by naming your hotel after a mausoleum. I was intrigued as to why the TATAs chose this name, when someone told me that Taj Mahal meant Crown Residence. Well that surely could be the name for a Grand hotel!!

After doing extensive research for about six months and going through a few books and papers, I could collect a few points to prove that TAJ was not built by Shahjahan, he may have just used his power to alter the books. The Points are as follows:

TAJ MAHAL?? Does the name sound like a mausoleum???

  1. The term Taj Mahal itself never occurs in any Mughal court paper or chronicle even in Aurangzeb’s time.
  2. The usual explanation that the term Taj Mahal derives from Mumtaz Mahal who is buried in it is absurd on at least two grounds viz. Firstly her name was never Mumtaz Mahal but Mumtaz-ul-Zamani, and secondly one cannot omit the first three letters “Mum” from a woman’s name to derive the remainder as the name of her mausoleum.
  3. Several European visitors of Shahjahan’s time allude to the building as Taj-e-Mahal which is almost the correct traditional, age-old Sanskrit name Tej-o-Mahalaya, signifying a Shiva temple. Contrarily even Shahjahan and Aurangzeb scrupulously avoid using that Sanskrit term and call it just a holy tomb.
  4. Moreover, if the Taj is believed to be a burial place, how can the term ‘Mahal’ ‘i.e. ‘mansion,’ apply to it?

The Hindu Temple of Tej – The Mahadev

  1. The term Taj Mahal is a corrupt form of the Sanskrit term ‘Tejo Mahalaya’ signifying a Shiva temple. Agreshwar Mahadev i.e. the Lord God of Agra was consecrated in it.
  2. The tradition of removing one’s shoes before climbing the marble platform originates from pre-Shahjahan times when the Taj was a Shiva Temple. Had the Taj originated as a tomb, shoes need not have been removed because shoes are a necessity in a cemetery.
  3. Visitors may notice that the base-slab of Mumtaz’s cenotaph in the basement is plain white while its superstructure and the other three cenotaphs on the two floors are covered with inlaid creeper designs. This indicates that the marble pedestal of the Shiva idol is still in place and Mumtaz’s cenotaphs are fake.
  4. The pitchers carved inside the upper border of the octagonal marble lattice plus those mounted on it number 108 a figure sacred in Hindu temple – tradition.
  5. In India there are 12 Jyotirlingas, i.e. outstanding Shiva temples. The Tejomahalay alias the Taj Mahal appears to be one of them known as Naganatheshwar since its parapet is girdled with Naga i.e. cobra figures. Ever since Shahjahan’s capture of it in 1631 A.D. that sacred temple has been lost to Hindudom.
  6. The famous Hindu treatise on architecture, titled Viswakarma Vastushastra mentions the ‘Tej Linga’ amongst Shiva Lingas i.e. stone emblems of Lord Shiva, the Vedic deity. Such a Teja Linga was consecrated in the Taj Mahal, hence the term Taj Mahal alias Tejo Mahalay.
  7. Agra city, in which the Taj Mahal is located, is an ancient center of Shiva worship. Its orthodox residents have through the ages continued the tradition of worshipping at five Shiva shrines before taking the last meal every night especially during the month of Shravan. During the last few centuries residents of Agra had to be content with worshipping at only four prominent Shiva temples viz. Balkeshwar, Prithvinath Manakameshwar and Rajarajeshwar. They had lost track of the fifth Shiva deity which their forefathers worshipped. Apparently the fifth was Agreshwar Mahadev Naganatheshwar i.e. the Lord Great God of Agra, and Deity of the King of cobras, consecrated in the Tejo-Mahalaya alias Taj Mahal.
  8. The people who dominate the Agra region are Jats. Their name for Shiva is Tejaji. The Jat special issue of the Illustrated Weekly of India (June 28, 1971) mentions that the Jats have Teja Mandirs i.e. Teja Temples. This is because Teja Linga is one among several names of Shiva Lingas. From this it is apparent that the Taj Mahal is Tejo Mahalaya, the Great Abode of Tej.”

Historic documents from Mughal period also prove the same.

  1. Shahjahan’s own court-chronicle, the Badshahnama, admits (on page 403, Vol. I) that a grand mansion of unique splendor, capped with a done (imaarat-e-alishan wa gumbaze) was taken from the Jaipur Maharaja Jaisingh for Mumtaz’s burial, and that the building was then known as Raja Mansingh’s palace.Prince Aurangzeb’s letter to his father, emperor Shahjahan, belies the Archaeological Department’s reliance on Tavernier. Aurangzeb’s letter is recorded in at least three chronicles titled ‘Aadaab-e-Alamgiri’ ‘Yaadgaarnama’ and the ‘Muraqqa-I-Akbarabadi’ (edited by Said Ahmad, Agra, 1931, page 43, footnote 2) In that letter Aurangzeb records in 1652 A. D. itself that the several buildings in the fancied burial place of Mumtaz were all seven-storeyed and were so old that they were all leaking, while the dome had developed a crack on the northern side. Aurangzeb, therefore, ordered immediate repairs to the buildings at his own expense while recommending to the emperor that more elaborate repairs be carried out later. This is proof that during Shahjahan’s reign itself the Taj complex was old needed immediate repairs.
  1. The ex-Maharaja of Jaipur retains in his secret personal Kapad Dwara collection two orders from Shahjahan dated December 18, 1633 ( bearing modern numbers R. 176 and 177 ) requisitioning the Taj building complex. That was so blatant a usurpation that the then ruler of Jaipur was ashamed to make the documents public.
  2. The three firmans demanding marble were sent to Jaisingh within about two years of Mumtaz’s death. Had Shahjahan really built the Taj Mahal over a period of 22 years, the marble would have needed only after 15 or 20 years and not immediately after Mumtaz’s death.
  3. Moreover, the three firmans mention neither the Taj Mahal, nor Mumtaz, nor the burial. The cost and the quantity of stone required also are not mentioned. This proves that an insignificant quantity of marble was needed just for Koranic implantation and Mumtaz’s two cenotaphs to match with the Tajmahal marble. Even otherwise Shahjahan could never hope to build a fabulous Tal Mahal by abject dependence for marble on a non-cooperative Jaisingh.

Travelers don’t lie!!

  1. Tavernier, a French jeweller has recorded in his travel memoirs that Shahjahan “purposely buried Mumtaz near the Taz-I-Makan (i.e. the Taj building) where foreigners used to come (they do even today) so that the world may admire.” He adds, “The cost of the scaffolding was more than that of the entire work.” The work that Shahjahan commissioned in the Tejomahalaya Shiva temple was plundering all the costly fixtures inside it, uprooting the Shiva idols, planting two cenotaphs in their place on two stories, inscribing the Koran along the arches and walling up six of the seven stories of the Taj. It was this plunder; desecration and sealing of hundreds of rooms which took 22 years. Tavernier’s noting mistook the peripheral bazar rooms to be the Taz-I-Makan alias Tajmahal instead of the outstanding marble edifice.
  2. Peter-Mundy, an English visitor to Agra recorded in 1632 (within only a year of Mumtaz’s death) that “the places of note in and around Agra, included Taj-e-Mahal’s tomb, gardens and bazaars.” He therefore confirms Tavernier’s noting that the Taj Mahal had been a noteworthy building even before Shahjahan. Peter Mundy blunders in believing Taj-I-Mahal to be the name of the buried lady instead of the building.
  3. De Laet, a Dutch official has listed Mansingh’s palace about a mile from Agra fort, as an outstanding building of pre-Shahjahan’s time. Shahjahan’s court chronicle, the Badshahnama, records Mumtaz’s burial in that same Mansingh palace.
  4. Johan Albert Mandelslo who describes life in Agra in 1638 (only seven years after Mumtaz’s death) in detail (in his VOYAGES AND TRAVELS INTO THE EAST INDIES, published by John Starkey and John Basset, London) makes no mention of the Taj Mahal being under construction though it is commonly erringly asserted or assumed that the Taj was being built from 1631 to 1653.

Sanskrit Inscription

  1. A Sanskrit inscription too supports the conclusion that the Taj originated as a Shiva temple. Wrongly termed as the Bateshwar inscription (currently preserved on the top floor in the Lucknow museum), it refers to the raising of a “Crystal-white Shiva temple so alluring that Lord Shiva once enshrined in it decided never to return to Mount Kailas-his usual abode.” That inscription dated 1155 A. D. was removed from the Taj Mahal garden at Shahjahan’s orders.

Missing Elephants

  1. Far from building the Taj, Shahjahan disfigured it with black Koranic lettering displacing earlier Sanskrit inscriptions, several idols and two huge stone elephants extending their trunks in a welcome arch over the gateway where visitors these days buy entry- tickets.

An Englishman, Thomas Twining, records (page 191 of his book (TRAVELS IN INDIA – A HUNDRED VEARS AGO) that in November 1794 “I arrived at the high walls which enclose the Taj-e-Mahal and its circumjacent buildings …. I here got out of the palanquin and …. Mounted a short flight of steps leading to a beautiful portal which formed the center of this side of the Court of Elephants as the great area was called.”

Koranic Patches

  1. The Taj Mahal is scrawled over with 14 chapters of the Koran but nowhere is there even the slightest or remotest allusion in that Islamic overwriting to Shahjahan’s authorship of the Taj. Had Shahjahan been the builder he would have said so in so many words before beginning to quote the Koran.
  2. That Shahjahan, far from building the marble Taj, only disfigured it with black lettering is mentioned by the inscriber Amanat Khan Shirazi himself in an inscription on the building.

A close scrutiny of the Koranic lettering reveals that they are grafts patched up with bits of variegated stone on an ancient Shiva temple.

Carbon Dating System

  1. A wooden piece from the riverside eastern doorway of the Taj subjected to the carbon – 14 tests by an American laboratory, has revealed the door to be 300 years older than Shahjahan. Since the doors of the Taj, broken open by Muslim invaders repeatedly from the 11th century onwards, for plunder and ravage, had to be replaced from time to time the Taj edifice is much older than many of its doors. It belongs to 1155 A. D. i.e. almost 500 years anterior to Shahjahan.
  2. The book has a copy of the report published by Evan Williams, Professor of Chemistry, and Brooklyn College, New York. It says that a wood piece from the door at North East end of the Taj Mahal has an age between 1448 and 1270 A.D.

The architecture

  1. Well –known Western authorities on architecture like E. B. Havell, Mrs Kenoyer and Sir W. W. Hunter have gone on record to say that the Taj Mahal is built in the Hindu temple style. Havell points out that the ground plan of the ancient Hindu Chandi Seva temple in Java is identical with that of the Taj.
  2. A central dome with octagonal cupolas at its four corners is a common feature of Hindu temples.
  3. The four marble pillars at the plinth corners are of the Hindu style. They were used as lamp–towers during the night and as watchtowers during the day. Such towers serve to demarcate the holy precincts. Hindu wedding altars and the altar set up for God Satyanarayan worship has pillars raised at their Four Corners. See our marriage mandaps.
  4. The octagonal shape of the Taj Mahal has a special Hindu significance because: Hindus alone have special names for the eight directions, and celestial guards assigned to them. Lord Rama’s capital was octagonal as mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana. The pinnacle points to the heaven while the foundation signifies the nether world. Hindu forts, cities, palaces and temples generally have an octagonal layout or some octagonal features so that together with the pinnacle and the foundation they cover all ten directions in which the king or god holds sway, as per Hindu tradition.
  5. It is wrong in terming the four marble towers around the Taj Mahal as minarets. Muslim minarets are always part of the building. These ones detached from the building, are Hindu towers. Muslim minarets start from the shoulders of the buildings. Hindu towers start from the floor level like the Rana Kumbha tower at Chittogarh. The four minarets are similar to the four corners of Satyanarayan altars, of wedding altars which is a Hindu tradition. Also Muslim pairs of minarets are of varying heights and never symmetrical.
  6. The Taj Mahal has a trident pinnacle over the dome. A full-scale figure of that trident pinnacle is inlaid in the red-stone courtyard to the east of the Taj. The central shaft of the trident depicts a Kalash (sacred pot) holding two bent mango leaves and a coconut. This is a sacred Hindu motif. Identical pinnacles may be seen over Hindu and Buddhist temples in the Himalayan region. Tridents are also depicted against a red lotus background at the apex of the stately marble arched entrances on all four sides of the Taj Mahal. People fondly but mistakenly believed all these three centuries that the Taj pinnacle depicts an Islamic crescent and star or was a lighting-conductor installed by the British rulers of India. Contrarily the pinnacle made of a non-rusting 5-metal alloy, is also perhaps a Vedic lightning deflector. That the replica of the pinnacle is drawn in the eastern courtyard is also significant because the east is of special importance to the Hindus, as the direction in which the sun rises. The pinnacle on the dome has the word Allah forged on it by the first British archaeological chief Alexander Cunningham, as is apparent from some British names emblazoned on it with a flame-thrower stove by those sent up the dome for the forgery. The pinnacle figure in the eastern red-stone courtyard does not have the word Allah.

Various inconsistencies!!

  1. The two buildings which face the marble Taj from the East and West are identical in design, size and shape and yet the eastern building is explained away by Islamic tradition, as a community hall while the western building is claimed to be a mosque. How could buildings meant for radically different purposes be identical? This proves that the western building was put to use as a mosque after seizure of the Taj property by Shahjahan. Curiously enough the building being explained away as a mosque has no minaret. Those two identical flanking buildings are a pair of reception pavilions of the Tejo Mahalaya temple-place complex.
  2. A few yards away on both flanks are two Nakkar Khanas alias drum houses which is an intolerable incongruity for Islam. The proximity of the drum house indicates that the western annex was not originally a mosque. Contrarily a drum house is a necessity in a Hindu temple or palace because Hindu chores morning and evening begin to the sweet strains of music. Music is against Islam.
  3. The spot occupied by Mumtaz’s cenotaph in the lattice enclosure was formerly occupied by the Hindu Teja Linga-a lithic representation of Lord Shiva. Around it are five perambulatory passages. Perambulation could be done bothinside and around the marble lattice or through the spacious marble chambers surrounding the cenotaph chamber, in the open over the marble platform or over the red-stone courtyard. It is also customary for Hindu to have apertures along the perambulatory passage, overlooking the deity. Such apertures exist in the perambulators in the Taj Mahal.
  4. The sanctum in the Taj Mahal had silver doors and gold railings as Hindu temples still have. It also had nets of pearl, and gems stuffed in the marble lattices. It was the lure of this wealth, which made Shahjahan commandeer the Taj Mahal from a helpless vassal Jaisingh, the then ruler of Jaipur.
  5. Peter Mundy, an Englishman, records (in 1632) within a year of Mumtaz’s death, having seen a gen-studded gold railing around her tomb. Had the Taj Mahal been under construction for 22 years Peter Mundy could not have noticed a costly gold railing within a year of Mumtaz’s death. Such costly fixtures are installed in a building only after the building is ready for use. This indicates that Mumtaz’s cenotaph was grafted in place of the Shivaling in the centre of the gold railing. Subsequently the gold railings, silver doors, nets of pearls, gem-fillings, etc, were all carted away to Shahjahan’s treasury. The seizure of the Taj Mahal thus constituted an act of high-handed Moghul robbery of Hindu wealth causing a big row between Shahjahan and Jaisingh.
  6. Above Mumtaz’s cenotaph hangs a chain by which now hangs a lamp. Before capture by Shahjahan the chain used to hold a gold water pitcher from which water used to drip on the Shiva Linga.
  7. It is this earlier drip-drop Hindu tradition in the Taj Mahal which gave rise to the Islamic myth of Shahjahan’s love tear dropping on Mumtaz’s tomb on a full moon day on winter-eve.

Absurd theories!!

  1. Even the hammer-story is a fabrication. Firstly, nobody seems to ask why should any mason bear any grudge towards Shahjahan when the latter is said to have spent liberally and lavishly in commissioning the mausoleum? Secondly, even if a mason bore any grudge he would not be permitted access to the emperor to exchange hot words with. Even if there were any argument between the two it would not be between a Shahjahan standing in the garden and the petulant mason on the supper perch like an irate monkey on top of the dome at a perpendicular height of 243 feet or so. What is more, even an angry mason’s powerful hammer stroke would not make even the slightest dent in the dome because the dome has a 13-feet thick wall covered with hard marble.

The hammer-stroke and tear drop stories are a fraudulent Islamic fabrication based on two facts. One of those we have already noted namely that in the Hindu tradition water did drip in droplets from a pitcher hung over the Shiva Linga. The second fact is that Shahjahan was so stingy by nature that he did not want to spend even a pie from his own treasury in transforming a captured Taj Mahal into an Islamic mausoleum.

His troops used to round up workers from Agra City and the neighborhood at sword point or at the crack of a whip. Such forced labor was employed for years in pulling out Hindu idols, grafting Koranic engravings, and sealing five of the seven stories of the Taj Mahal. Being compelled to work for years without wages, the workmen rebelled. A haughty Shahjahan punished them by amputating their hands. And the story of preserving the design was made up – as Shahjahan had no idea of the architecture and design, the capitulation of the hands thus saved him from questions being asked about the design.

Toilets

  1. The Taj Mahal having originated as a temple palace, it has several dry, scavenging-type toilets, which lie unknown to the lay visitor, locked, and barred. Had it been an Islamic mausoleum it should not have had toilets

Treasury Well

  1. Between the so-called mosque and the drum house is a multi-storeyed octagonal well with a flight of stairs reaching down to the water level. This is the traditional treasury well in Hindu temple-places. Treasure chests used to be kept in the lower apartments while treasury personnel had their offices in the upper chambers. The circular stairs made it difficult for intruders to reach down to the treasure or to escape with it undetected or unparsed. In case the premises had to be surrendered to a besieging enemy the treasure could be pushed into the well to remain hidden from the conqueror and remain safe for salvaging if the place was reconquered. Such an elaborate multi-storeyed well is superfluous for a mere mausoleum. Such a grand, gigantic well is unnecessary for a dead Mumtaz when even a living Muslim does not use so much water.

Burial Date Unknown

  1. Had Shahjahan really built the Taj Mahal as a wonder mausoleum, history would have recorded a specific date on which she was ceremoniously buried in the Taj Mahal. No such date is ever mentioned. This important missing detail decisively exposes the falsity of the Shahjahan legend.
  2. Even the year of Mumtaz’s death is unknown. It is variously speculated to be 1629, 1630, 1631, or 1632. Had she deserved a fabulous burial, as is claimed, the date of her death would not have been a matter of speculation. In a harem teeming with 5000 women it was difficult to keep track of dates of death. Apparently the date of Mumtaz’s death was so insignificant an event as not to merit any special notice. Who would then build a Taj Mahal for her burial?

Records Don’t Exist

  1. Twenty thousand laborers are supposed to have worked for 22 years during Shahjahan’s reign in building the Taj Mahal. Had this been true, there should have been available in Shahjahan’s court papers design-drawings, heaps of labor muster rolls, daily expenditure sheets, bills and receipts for material ordered, and commissioning orders. There is not even a scrap of paper of the kind. Given the fact that Muslims of that time were very good historians had written so many books then, it is a bit suprising.
  2. Descriptions of the garden plants around the Taj of Shahjahan’s time mention Ketaki, Jai, Jui, Champa, Maulashree, Harshringar and Bel. All these are plants whose flowers or leaves are used in the worship of Vedic deities. Bel leaves are used exclusively in Shiva worship. A graveyard is planted only with shady trees because the idea of using fruit or flower from plants in a cemetery is abhorrent to human conscience. The presence of Bel and other flower plants in the Taj garden is proof of its having been a Shiva temple before seizure by Shahjahan.
  3. Hindu temples are often built on river banks and sea beaches. The Taj Mahal is one such built on the bank of the Yamuna river, an ideal location for a Shiva temple. Hindu holy places like Hrishikesh, Ujjain, Nashik and Hardwar are along rivers. The existence of a ghat at the rear suggests a temple-palace, not a tomb.
  4. Prophet Mohammad has ordained that the burial spot of a Muslim should be inconspicuous and must not be marked by even a single tombstone. In flagrant violation of this the Taj Mahal has one grave in the basement and another in the first floor chamber both ascribed to Mumtaz. Those two cenotaphs were in fact erected by Shahjahan to bury the two-tier Shiva Lingas that were consecrated in the Taj Mahal. It is customary for Hindus to install two Shiva Lingas one over the other in two storeyes as may be seen in the Mahankaleshwar temple in Ujjain and the Somnath temple raised by Ahilyabai in Somnath Pattan. Even the basement cenotaph is a fake because it is two storeyes above the river bank ground level.
  5. The Taj Mahal has identical entrance arches on all four sides. This is a typical Hindu building style known as Chaturmukhi, i.e. four-faced.

The Hindu Dome

  1. The Taj Mahal has a reverberating dome. Such a dome is an absurdity for a tomb which must ensure peace and silence. Contrarily reverberating domes are a necessity in Hindu temples because they create an ecstatic din multiplying and magnifying the sound of bells, drums and pipes accompanying the worship of Hindu deities.
  2. The Taj Mahal dome bears a lotus cap. Original Islamic domes have a bald top.
  3. The Taj Mahal entrance faces south. Quoting Shamshad Hussain from the Times of India of 25/01/2001 “All Shiva temples having a south facing doorway, opening on Mount Kailash orientation”. Had the Taj been an Islamic building it should have faced the west.

Tomb is the Grave, not the Building

  1. A widespread misunderstanding has resulted in mistaking the building for the grave. Invading Islam raised graves in captured buildings in every country it overran. Therefore, hereafter people must learn not to confound the building with the grave mounds which are grafts in conquered buildings. This is true of the Taj Mahal too. One may therefore admit (for argument’s sake) that Mumtaz lies buried inside the Taj, but that shouldn’t be construed to mean that the Taj was raised over Mumtaz’s grave.
  2. The Taj Mahal is a seven-storeyed building. Prince Aurangzeb also mentions this in his letter to Shahjahan. The marble edifice comprises four stories including the lone, tall circular hall inside the dome on top, and the lone chamber in the basement. In between are two floors each containing 12 to 15 palatial rooms?

Below the marble plinth reaching down to the river at the rear are two more storeyes in red stone. They may be seen from the riverbank. The seventh storey must be below the ground (river 0 level since every ancient Hindu building had a subterranean storey).

  1. Immediately below the marble plinth on the river flank are 22 rooms in red stone with their ventilators all walled-up by Shahjahan.

Those rooms, made uninhabitable dark by Shahjahan, are kept locked by the archaeology department. The lay visitor is kept in the dark about them. Those 22 rooms still bear ancient Hindu paints on their walls and ceilings. On their inner side is a nearly 325 ft. long and 8.5 ft. broad corridor. There are two doorframes one at either end of the corridor. But those doorways are intriguingly sealed withcrumbling brick and lime by Shahjahan

  1. Apparently those doorways originally sealed by Shahjahan have been since unsealed and again walled up several times. In 1934 a resident of Delhi took a peep inside from an opening in the upper part of the doorway. To his dismay he saw a huge hall inside. It contained many statues huddled around a central beheaded image of Lord Shiva. It could be that in there are Sanskrit inscriptions too. All the seven storeyes of the Taj Mahal need to be unsealed and scoured to ascertain what evidence they may be hiding in the form of Hindu images, Sanskrit inscriptions, scriptures, coins and utensils.
  2. Apart from Hindu images hidden in the sealed storeyes it is learnt that Hindu images are also buried in the massive walls of the Taj Mahal. Between 1959 and 1962 when Mr. S. R. Rao was the archaeological superintendent in Agra, he happened to notice a long, deep and wide crack in a wall of the central octagonal chamber of the Taj. When a part of the wall was dismantled to study the crack out popped two or three marble images. The matter was hushed up and the images were reburied where they had been embedded at Shahjahan’s behest. Confirmation of this has been obtained from several sources. It was only when I began my investigation into the antecedents of the Taj that I came across the above, which had remained a forgotten secret.

What better proof is needed of the temple origin of the Taj Mahal? Its walls and sealed chambers still hide the Hindu idols that were consecrated in it before Shahjahan’s seizure of the Taj Mahal.

Pre-Shahjahan References to the Taj

  1. Apparently the Taj Mahal as a temple palace seems to have had a checkered history. The Taj was desecrated and looted by every Muslim invader from Mohammad Ghazni onwards while passing into Hindu hands off and on. The sanctity of the Taj Mahal as a Shiva temple continued to be revived after every Muslim onslaught. Shahjahan was the last Muslim to desecrate the Taj Mahal alias Tejo Mahalaya.
  2. Vincent Smith records in his book titled “Akbar the Great Mogul” that “Babur’s turbulent life came to an end in his garden palace in Agra” in 1630. That palace was none other than the Taj Mahal.
  3. Babur’s daughter Gulbadan Begum in her chronicle titled Humayun Nama refers to the Taj Mahal as the Mystic House.
  4. Babur himself refers to the Taj Mahal in his memoirs as a palace captured from Ibrahim Lodi containing a central octagonal chamber and having pillars on the four sides. All these historical references allude to the Taj Mahal 100 years before Shahjahan.
  5. Had the Taj been built specially to bury Mumtaz it should not have been cluttered with other graves. But the Taj premises contain numerous other graves at least in its eastern and southern pavilions, to desecrate that entire temple complex.
  6. In the southern flank on either side of the Tajganj gate are buried in identical pavilions queens Sarhandi Begum and Fatehpuri Begum and a maid Satunnisa Khanum. Such parity burial can be justified only if the queens had been demoted or the maid promoted. But since Shahjahan had commandeered (not built) the Taj Mahal he reduced it indiscriminately to a general Muslim cemetery as was the habit of all his Islamic predecessors, and buried a queen in one vacant pavilion and a maid in another identical pavilion.
  7. Mumtaz died in Burhanpur which is about six hundred miles south of Agra. Her grave there is intact. Therefore, the cenotaphs raised in two storeyes of the Taj in her name are fakes hiding the Hindu Shiva emblems. And why two cenotaphs one in the basement and the other in the upper storey? Was Mumtaz’s corpse cut up into two pieces, horizontally or vertically to need two cenotaphs? Is that not a fraud?
  8. A pertinent consideration is that a Shahjahan who did not build any palaces for Mumtaz while she was alive and kicking would not build a fabulous mausoleum for a corpse which was no longer kicking or clicking.
  9. Another factor is that Mumtaz died within two to three years of Shahjahan becoming emperor. Could he amass so much superfluous wealth in that short span as to squander it on a wonder-mausoleum for a stinking corpse?
  10. While Shahjahan’s special attachment to Mumtaz is no-where recorded in history his amorous affairs with 5000 other ladies from maids to mannequins including his own daughter Jahanara, find special mention in accounts of Shahjahan’s reign. Would such a Shahjahan shower his hard-earned wealth on Mumtaz’s corpse?
  11. Early in the year 1973, chance digging in the garden in front of the Taj revealed another set of fountains about six feet below the present fountains. This proved two things. Firstly that the subterranean fountains were there before Shahjahan or British laid the surface fountains. And secondly that since those fountains are aligned to the Taj that edifice too is of pre-Shahjahan origin. Apparently the garden and its fountains had sunk from annual monsoon flooding and lack of maintenance for centuries during Islamic rule.
  12. Bernier, a French traveller has recorded that no non-Muslim was allowed entry into the secret nether chambers of the Taj because there were some dazzling costly fixtures there. Had those been installed by Shahjahan they should have been shown to the public as a matter or pride. But since it was commandeered Hindu wealth which Shahjahan wanted to remove to his treasury he didn’t want the public to know about that royal Mogul robbery.
  13. The approach to the Taj Mahal is dotted with hillocks raised with earth dug out from foundation-trenches. The hillocks served as outer defences of the Taj building complex. Raising such hillocks from foundation earth, is a common Hindu device of hoary origin. Nearby Bharatpur provides a graphic parallel.

Peter Mundy has recorded that Shahjahan employed thousands of labourers to level some of those hillocks. This is graphic proof of the Taj Mahal existing before Shahjahan.

  1. Tavernier, the French traveler has noted that Shahjahan couldn’t obtain timber for raising a scaffolding (to inscribe the Koran at various heights). Shahjahan had, therefore to raise scaffolding of brick. As a result the “cost of the scaffolding was more than that of the entire work” says Tavernier. This is clear proof that Shahjahan did not build the Taj but only inscribed the Koran, and sealed hundreds of rooms, staircases and ventilators.
  2. The spiked-gates at the various archways in the Taj premises still seen on the eastern flank are defense devices not needed for a mausoleum, seen at the entrance of every Rajput fort.
  3. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica the Taj building complex consists of guestrooms, guardrooms and stables. These are irrelevant for a mausoleum. A dead Mumtaz wouldn’t go out riding and wouldn’t entertain guests at parties.
  4. At the backside riverbank is a Hindu crematorium, several palaces, a Shiva temple and bathing ghats of ancient origin. Had Shahjahan built the Taj Mahal, he would have destroyed those Hindu features.
  5. The story that Shahjahan wanted to build a black marble Taj across the river, is another motivated myth. The ruins dotting the other side of the river are those of Hindu structures demolished during Muslim invasions and not the plinth of another Taj Mahal. A Shahjahan who did not build even the white marble Taj would hardly ever think of building a black marble Taj. He was so miserly that he forced laborers to work gratis even in the superficial tampering necessary to make a Hindu temple serve as a Muslim tomb.
  6. The marble that Shahjahan used for grafting Koranic lettering in the Taj is of a pale white shade while the rest of the Taj Mahal is built with marble of a rich yellow tint. That disparity is proof of the Koranic extracts being a superimposition.
  7. The Taj Mahal is surrounded by huge ruined mansions, which indicate that great battles have been waged around the Taj several times.
  8. At the southeast corner of the Taj garden is an ancient royal cattle house. Cows attached to the Tejo Mahalaya temple used to be reared there. A cowshed is an incongruity in an Islamic tomb.
  9. The entire Taj complex comprises 400 to 500 rooms. Residential accommodation on such a stupendous scale is unthinkable in a mausoleum.
  10. The neighboring Tajganj Township’s massive protective wall also encloses the Taj Mahal temple palace complex. This is clear indication that the Tejo-Mahalaya temple palace was part and parcel of the township. A Street of that township leads straight into the Taj Mahal. The Tajganj gate is aligned in a perfect straight line to the octagonal red stone garden gate and the stately entrance arch of the marble Taj Mahal. The Tajganj gate, besides being central to the Taj temple complex, is also put on a pedestal. The western gate by which visitors enter the Taj complex these days is a comparatively minor gateway. It has become the entry gate for most visitors today because the railway station and the bus station are on that side.
  11. The Taj Mahal has pleasure pavilions, which a tomb would never have.
  12. A tiny mirror glass in a gallery of the Red Fort in Agra reflects the Taj Mahal. Shahjahan is said to have spent the last eight years of his life as a prisoner in that gallery peering at the reflected Taj Mahal and sighing in the name of Mumtaz. This myth is a blend of many falsehoods. Firstly, old Shahjahan was held prisoner by his son Aurangzeb in a basement dungeon in the fort and not in open, fashionable upper storey royal gallery. Secondly that glass piece was fixed in the 1930’s by Insha Allah Khan, a peon of the archaeology department, just to illustrate to the visitors how in ancient times the entire apartment used to scintillate with tiny mirror pieces reflecting the Tejo Mahalaya temple a thousand fold. Thirdly, an old decrepit Shahjahan with pain in his joints and cataract in his eyes, would not spend the day craning his neck at an awkward angle to peer into a tiny glass piece, with bedimmed eyesight when he could as well turn his face around and have a full, direct view of the Taj Mahal itself. But the general public is so gullible as to gulp all such absurd prattle of wily, unscrupulous guides.
  13. That the Taj Mahal dome has hundreds of iron rings sticking out of its exterior is a feature rarely noticed. These are made to hold Hindu earthen oil lamps for temple illumination.

Forged Documents

  1. The Muslim-caretakers of the cenotaphs in the Taj Mahal used to possess a document, which they styled as “Tarikhi-Taj Mahal.” Historian H. G. Keene has branded it as “a document of doubtful authenticity.” Keene was uncannily right since we have seen that Shahjahan not being the creator of the Taj Mahal any document, which credits Shahjahan with the Taj Mahal, must be an outright forgery. Even that forged document is reported to have been since smuggled out to Pakistan. Besides such forged documents there are whole chronicles on the Taj which are pure concoctions of the post Shahjahan period.
  2. There is a lot of sophistry and casuistry or at least confused thinking associated with the Taj even in the minds of professional historians, archaeologists and architects.

Other Reasons

  1. The cost of the Taj Mahal is put at Rs 40 lakhs by Shahjahan’s own court-chronicler, Mulla Abdul Hamid while the Diwan-I-Afridi says it cost Rs 9crs and 17 lakhs. The Encyclopaedia Britannica says it cost Rs 400 lakhs. According to Mohammed Din it cost Rs 150 lakhs.
  2. While talking of Islamic architecture, could somebody enlighten us on the books found in ancient or mediaeval Muslim architecture? On the other hand there are hundreds of text in ancient Hindu system of architecture and engineering. Some of the great works are the Sun and Khajurao temples, Ajanta and Ellora caves.
  3. The period of construction varies. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica it is 22 yrs – 1631 to 1643 and according to Maharashtreeya Jyyankosh it is 12 yrs (1641 to 1653). In school we were told it took 22 yrs. According to Mr Mohammed Din (quoting from The Illustrated Weekly of India, 30/12/1951 issue) the construction started in 1632 and was not completed till 1650. According to Frenchmen Tavernier he witnessed commencement of the work which lasted 22 years. He is believed to have visited Agra in 1641.
  4. Shahjahen became king in 1628. Mumtaz died between 1629 and 1631. The earliest date for the construction of the Taj is 1643. The body was buried at Burhanpur. After six months it was exhumed (against the tenets of Islam) and taken to Agra. If the Taj was completed after 1643, what was the hurry to take the body?
  5. Maulvi Moinuddin in his book says that near the garden wall are two Khawaspuras or enclosed compounds. Part of it is filled with flower pots while the eastern side is a cowstable. From when did Muslims start having cow stables? Also Pura in Sanskrit means busy locality while Khawas means dependant of Rajput rulers. This means that a Rajput ruler lived or worshipped in the Taj Mahal.
  6. The entire Taj consists of various rooms which implies that it was a temple-palace. The central marble structure consists of a 23-room marble palace suit, which is superfluous for a tomb.

The Tejomahalaya temple palace complex or Taj Mahal was built atleast five hundred years earlier in 1155 A.D. by Raja Paramardi Dev. Shahjahan’s own court history in Persian says “the mansion in which Mumtaz is buried belonged to Raja Jaisingh. That grand domed building of exquisite build was known as Raja Jaisingh’s mansion”.

Now, these are the facts that I have managed to put forward, it’s you who has to decide

Was Shahjahan an amazing Architect or a Mere CHARLATAN ??

Is it TAJ Mahal or Tejo Mahalya ??