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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Wah Taj !

Are huzoor - Wah India boliye!!!

Taj Mahal - one of the wonders of the world. A place, which was an identity (sometimes the sole one) of India and its heritage. There was a time when India was known to the world outside only for the Mahatma and the Taj. Such was and is the popularity of this magnificent sculpture. I have been one of the fortunate ones to have seen the eternal beauty that it is.

Ek Shehenshah ne banwa ke hasin Taj Mahal,
Saari duniya ko mohabbat ki nishani di hai

The Taj Mahal in India has been called a poem in stone, a moon-white dream, a tear on the face of humanity. It is seen as the ultimate symbol of love and has been the subject of many a poems and "shers"

Taj Mahal is a symbol of Love
The love of a king for his queen.
Here lovers meet by moonlit nights
Lovers- Unsung! Unseen

- Syed Mohammad

tum jo hansti ho to mastana kanwal lagti ho...
meer ka shair ho ghaalib ki ghazal lagti hoo...
sang-e-mar-mar say tarasha hua shaffaf badan
saans leta hua ek taj mahal lagti ho...
- Sahir Ludhianwi

taj nagma hain mohabbat ke dhadakte saaz ka
yeh hai woh aaina jisme aks hain
mumtaz ka

The Taj Mahal however has also attracted its share of controversies:
  1. Was the Taj Mahal a Vedic Temple? Is it Taj Mahal or Tejo Mahalaya?
  2. The Taj Mahal is sinking
  3. The Taj Heritage Corridor Project
  4. The Taj ownership row with the Prince
  5. The Taj ownership issue with the Waqf
So the monument which symbolises love and beauty to many is not devoid of controversy, cause we all cannot take and appreciate what we have.

Hence I say "wah India boliye!"

But a silver lining of hope does exist when the Muslim League says that Taj Mahal is national property

I sincerely hope that common sense prevails and we all are saved of the ugly war that such controversies tend towards in our secular India

As much as Taj is the love metaphorized, here are a few intersting lines in the end

Ik Shehnsha ne banwa ke hasin taj mahal
hum garibon kee mohabat ka urhaya hai majak
Meri mehboob kahin aur mila kar mujh se!

An emperor had the beautiful Taj Mahal built
to make fun of love and emotions of poor people like us.
My love meet me some where else than Taj Mahal!


Baron Bodissey said...

Secular India is an inspiration to the rest of the world.

Soumyadip said...

In this global world the Taj is not the property of an individual, an organization or of a government. They are simply caretakers of this global heritage.

Good collection of verses.

Rahul said...

Hope that the sanity that you hope for prevails