"And I ask just one thing from you,"
Said Mumtaz Mahal in a voice
So comely and with a gaze true,
"So that you are never of me devoid,
Build me a marvel where I may reside,
Once I leave the mortal realm behind,
And let it be but an emblem of
Pure love, sans barriers and divide,
And let it be but a symbol of
Two hearts which shall forever be aligned."
"Oh, my dearest Mumtaz! Why is it that
You utter the words I wish you never had.
Why do you speak of parting ways,
When I am but prepared to set ablaze,
This wonted universe for your fine fettle?"
Then, with a heart heavy began the making of something special.
Author: VR Kapse
Editor: Chinmai Gokule