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Light pours in when the retired
postman opens the window to
his bedroom. A withered old
poster filled with flowers appears
out of the shadows. "Love is
enough," the poster says.
Faizul Hasan Qadri is 79 now.
He and his wife, Tajammuli, were
married when they were teenagers,
and were together for 58 years.
Three years ago, she died.
Now, he can look out that win-
dow and see the monument he is
building in Tajammuli s memory.
The central building has a rounded
ceiling and archways, echoing the
architecture of the long-gone
Mughal kings who once ruled
India. Four towers are on the build-
ing s perimeter. It is Tajammuli s
"We were just a normal couple,"
It was an arranged marriage, a
practice that remains widespread
across India, and was near-uni-
versal when he was a young man.
"Whenever we had a fight and I
was angry, she would keep quiet
and vice versa."
They never had any children.
One day, Tajammuli asked who
would remember them once they
were gone. "I will build a tomb
that everybody will remember," he
told her. It was for her, he says,
though one day he will also be laid
After she died, he sold her small
pieces of jewelry and some family
farmland. He added everything
he d saved over the years and start-
ed building. Tajammuli lies inside
the main building in a small tomb,
but almost three years later the
project still unfinished. He doesn t
have much money, and only hires
workers when he can afford it.
People have offered to help, but
he says no.
"It is a proof of love. I have to
do it on my own," Qadri says.
Qadri designed the building
himself, clearly inspired by India s
ancient monuments. But he
laughed when villagers started call-
ing it the Taj Mahal, after the mau-
soleum famously built by a Mughal
king for his favourite wife. He d only
visited the Taj Mahal once. Tajammuli
only saw it in pictures.
In the bedroom, a clock ticks next
a picture of the couple in their older
years, and Qadri reads aloud from love
poems he wrote for her after she died.
Beside him sits a marble plaque
engraved with Tajammuli s name. He
will install it, he says, only once the
mausoleum is completed.
If he has to, he will keep working on
it until he dies.
When that happens, his younger
brother Mehzul Hasan, 70, will bury
him next to his wife, and finish the job.
In small-town India, a monument to love
Children gather close to the mausoleum of Tajammuli,
the late wife of retired postman Faizul Hassan Qadri in
the town of Kaser Kalan, in India. After she died three
years ago, Qadri started building a monument in her
memory. Tajammuli lies inside the main building in a
small tomb, but almost three years later the project
remains unfinished. (AP PHOTOS)
At right, Mehzul Hasan Qadri, 70, listens to his brother Faizul Hassan,
79, at their home.
Qadri holds a photo of him and his late
wife Tajammuli in their younger years.
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