The story of Shah Jahan -The Lover Mughal Emperor- and his beloved Mumtaz is literally legend.
But I think the sweetest & sadly less famous part of this love story is this;
This entire mausoleum was planned to be perfectly symmetrical around Mumtaz’s tomb with only her as the main focus. But later when Shah Jahan realized he was dying, he asked his son & successor, The Fanatical Mughal Emperor, to have him buried next to his Mumtaz. He wanted to be as close to her in the afterlife as he had been in this life.
It’s the only asymmetry that exists in this entire complex.
And I have to say after seeing a bit of the Muhgals’ obsession with balance & symmetry, that’s a freakin huge deal.
👓🌹 I don't normally blow my own trumpet, (or at least, I don't think I do! 👀) –- I took my website down several years ago, but I still have my albums of files full of the site / #design content. I revisited these folders today, and stumbled on this capture, which I think was one of my first little #photography magazine features, and gosh it's made me feel nostalgic. Ah, my secret to tapping into / being inspired by nostalgia is that I often feel nostalgic. :P
There are a lot of glasses left, half empty, abandoned. There are a lot of chairs, empty. Forgotten. Left to be. Or not to be. There are a lot of spots, hidden, created with love. For love. Yes, there are so many glasses left half empty, because beverage is too bitter maybe, but the saddest glasses are those that are left half full. Left on that table because they tasted very good. Because they tasted like truth, like life itself. Because they were so incredibly right, too right for human heart.
Well, you should now, Human, that there is nothing in this world that is too good for you. Only things better than you are the ones that you, personally, said you’re not good enough for. The world does not, ever, give up on you. It’s here, begging you to have mercy, not to give up on tasting the life. Life inside you, life around you, life above you, life below you. Life.
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