Small wonder: Indian postmaster builds own 'Taj Mahal' for late wife

Published: August 21, 2015
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80-year-old Faizul Qadri gathers all his resources to materialise his dream of truly remembering his wife. PHOTO: COURTESY BURHAAN KINU, HINDUSTAN TIMES

80-year-old Faizul Qadri gathers all his resources to materialise his dream of truly remembering his wife. PHOTO: COURTESY BURHAAN KINU, HINDUSTAN TIMES

An Indian postmaster has built a mini Taj Mahal in memory of his late wife, three-and-a-half centuries after Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the grand structure, one of the wonders of the world, for wife Mumtaz Mahal, Hindustan Times reported.

Faizul Hasan Qadri, 80, married Tajamulli Begum in 1953. After 58 years of marriage, she passed away from throat cancer in 2011.

Following the death of his wife, the retired postmaster put all his finances into erecting the monument in India’s Uttar Pradesh.

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PHOTO: COURTESY BURHAAN KINU, HINDUSTAN TIMES

However, construction came to a halt owing to financial constraints.

Qadri says he initially sold a piece of land for INR600,000 and his wife’s gold and silver jewelry for INR150,000 and got the ‘makbara’ (mausoleum) constructed with the help of a local mason.

“A total of INR1.1 million was spent, but I still need to get marble studded on the monument and also to build a lush green park around it, both of which is likely to cost me another INR600,000 to 700,000,” Qadri said.

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PHOTO: COURTESY BURHAAN KINU, HINDUSTAN TIMES

Nevertheless, he was proud of his creation and doesn’t need charity for it. “The structure is built on my own land and I have also tried to plant some trees around it and have a small water body at the back side of the building.”

“While the marble costs are high, a number of people have offered me money that I have refused to accept so far. This is my personal endeavour for my late wife and embodies my love for her. So, I should do this on my own,” he maintained.

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However, am upcoming meeting with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow seems promising.

“The chief minister wants to meet Qadri to appreciate his efforts and to offer some financial help so that he can complete his unfinished building,” said an additional district magistrate.

PHOTO: COURTESY BURHAAN KINU, HINDUSTAN TIMES

Qadri, on the other hand, has other plans for the meeting. “I will go to meet him and request him to get my village school recognised by the education board instead,” he said.

His monument may not be as grand or popular as the original but it has caught the attention of villagers and nearby residents who flock to the site to get a glimpse of the ‘Taj Mahal’.

“I travelled almost 25 km with my friends just to get a glimpse of this structure. The efforts put in by him is really commendable,” said Zakir Ali, a resident of Pahasu.

“My wife and I once wondered if anyone would ever remember each other if one of us dies,” he recalled, adding that he asked his brother to bury him in the mausoleum by his wife’s side.

“My wife is dead. I will also die someday. The monument too might not stand forever. I just wish to see it complete before I die.”

The article first appeared on Hindustan Times 

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Bilal
    Aug 21, 2015 - 4:18PM

    Love!AhRecommend

  • Ahmed
    Aug 21, 2015 - 5:32PM

    I appreciate your effort and true love for your wife but I don’t think this monument will last long under extremist Hindu led by Modi.Recommend

  • Stranger
    Aug 21, 2015 - 5:51PM

    Sniffff . What a loverlorn article. Recommend

  • mehreen hussain
    Aug 22, 2015 - 3:21AM

    That is really sweet but i feel if this man built a mosque in his wifes name or a shelter home for poor or nay be a source of clean water for pp Allah wudve rewarded him and her manyfolds…. it wudve bin like a long standing source of blessing for her … Recommend

  • Javeria Saleem
    Aug 22, 2015 - 9:49AM

    Surely it is true love BUT all i am thinking is why Dead people receive more gratitude then the living ones.Recommend

  • Javeria Saleem
    Aug 22, 2015 - 9:51AM

    Surely it is true love BUT all i am thinking is why dead people receive more gratitude than the living ones. Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:09AM

    Janab fazul hasan qadri sab is my relative .he is my father’s khalusab.after the death of his wife he shared his feelins and his desire with my father about to make this monument then my father give him advise to make a madarsa or a masjid as sadqa e jariya in place of this monument. But he finally decide to make this monument.I appriciate his courage in this old age and his true love for his wife Tazammuli begum whome we called Tammo ApaRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 4, 2015 - 4:14AM

    Can anyone tell me the exact location of this place?Recommend

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