Bulandshahr’s Shah Jahan

Courtesy HT

Ye Ishq Nahi Aasan Ek Aag Ka Dariya Hai aur doob ke jaana hai

These are famous lines which talk about love and the art of commitment.

Love is much more than just two beating hearts spending time with each other. It takes commitment, understanding and a vow to stay together for every moment they live. Almost centuries after Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal, now another man in UP has done something similar.

Faizul Hasan Qadri from Kaser Kalan village in UP’s Bulandshahr is no ordinary man. He may not have ruled an empire like Shah Jahan, but he definitely feels the kind of love that Shah Jahan felt for Mumtaz. In Qadri’s case, the beloved is his loving wife Tajamulli.

Not blessed by a child for certain birth related complications, Qadri and his wife were always afraid that people will forget their clan after they depart this world. Tajamulli also had to go through a harrowing experience because of Cancer. After fighting the disease, when the lady died Faizul decided that he will make a mausoleum in the memory of his wife.

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Courtesy – The Logical Indian

A retired postmaster, Faizul Hasan Qadri is building a replica of Taj Mahal in fond memory of his beloved wife Tajamulli.

Faizul married Tajamulli in 1953 and his wife was diagnosed with throat cancer and died in 2011.

For Faizul, the road has not been easy. He has spent quite a bit and still needs some funds to complete the mini Taj. He sold his wife’s jewellery and a piece of land for constructing the mini Taj.

Faizul spent over Rs.14 lakhs and needs Rs. 6-7 lakhs more to get the marble studded and give it a finishing touch.

The Chief Minister offered him monetary help, to which he denied saying it is his contribution towards his beloved ‘begum’.

But time is slowly passing away for the retired postmaster.

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Old Man Qadri walking up to his beloved CTSY – New Indian Express

Qadri has space reserved right next to his wife’s grave in the mausoleum where he wishes to be buried after his death.

Qadri’s half finished monument is famous as the mini Taj Mahal with locals flocking from far off areas to catch a glimpse.

In a world where love of this kind is rare, I hope one day British royals will come to the mini taj and get clicked, giving it global attention. Well he definitely is 21st century’s Shah Jahan from Bulandshahr.


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