Friday, June 25, 2010

"an eternal teardrop on the cheek of time"

the Taj Mahal

...was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second (or 3rd) wife, Mumtaz Mahal, after her death (giving birth to their 14th child). he never wanted her (or his love for her) to be forgotten.

after walking through the crowded building, i find a shaded bench to sit at. this is when i would like to draw but instead (deprived of my pencil and sketchbook, which the unfriendly guard made me check) i sit still. i stare at this beautiful, massive building and think about this story. and i contemplate the kind of love that causes a man to build a world wonder.

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