The holes were just large enough for him, to see the Taj Mahal, the monument he built to his love and life. The tight vigil around the tower ensured that he did not escape to stage a rebellion. He had however, lost the will to live or rule, after the departure of his lady love, Begum Mumtaz Mahal. He often wondered if he had done the right thing by building that monument, with the help of epic talent and then, cutting their hands off to prevent duplication. Mumtaz had spent her life in strict ‘purdah’, and her multifarious talents were known to very few. She was now incarcerated in the depth of the basement Taj Mahal, on the banks of the river Yamuna.
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