Indian man builds mini Taj Mahal for late wife

Uttar Pradesh: Stories about the marble wonder Taj Mahal have inspired millions over the years. It’s a tale of exemplary love and unflinching loyalty the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan had for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Now, many centuries later, 78-year old Faizul Hasan Qadri has done something similar for his wife. The retired postmaster has built his own version of “Taj Mahal” in memory of his late wife. After the death of his wife, Tajamulli Begum, in December 2011, Faizul Hasan Qadri, who has earned a sobriquet of modern-day Shah Jahan in his village, decided to build a replica of the iconic tomb for his beloved wife in Dibai village of Bulandshahar district in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The original Taj Mahal at Agra took 22 years to build and was completed in 1653. With little resources and manpower, Qadri has managed to construct this mini Taj over 5,000 square-feet land in just 16 months in the back garden of his house. Every day, people from nearby villages flock to Dibai to visit the mini Taj. Barely able to walk, Qadri spends most of his time in his 10×12 feet room, peeping through iron grilled window at the monument where he wants to be buried next to his beloved wife.