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For Emperor Shah Jahan who loved his Queen Mumtaz very deeply, having lost her at a youthful age, Taj Mahal as a mausoleum was an offering to his most beautiful beloved. When you walk in, those few hundred metres from the main gate, there is a breathless urgency to get there. Though built three hundred and fifty years ago when you stand on the platform facing the Taj glistening with the same freshness and array of natures colours in the inlay work, it is as if it was built just yesterday.
The scale and the magnificence is so enormous when you look up and around, you stand like a spec of mankind insignificant in awe. With a digital camera in hand or at least a cellphone camera, everyone goes click click.
The ability to see the image that you have clicked right there, empowers each visitor to carry the magic home. Posing on the middle platform before you reach the mausoleum, with one hand raised to the sky, trying to catch the top of the dome is a standard shot for the visitors at the Taj. Several professional authorized photographers have albums of couples in special postures and gestures sometimes funny but most looking mesmerized just by being there.
When you are walking away, you turn back to take a last glimpse its never enough. You promise to come back-- and soon. Being a masterpiece of all Mughal architecture with a romantic allure it evokes many memories and several connections one has missed or lost.
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The tomb of memories
And death brings life
The seasons at play
Taj of the village
Taj of the mesmerized