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To the memory of Mumtaz

By Mike Cunningham On October 5th, 2012

One of the greatest exhibitions of love and remembrance ever built is the Taj Mahal. It was built to the memory of Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. As the Muslim world will never erect or commission a statue or a painting of a beloved one, or a figure in their religion, the intention was to cause an edifice of such magnificence that the automatic reaction of the onlooker would be to remember the name of the person buried in such a magnificent place.

 

 

 

So would ATW readers agree with me  that the intention to build a $1 billion duplicate Taj Mahal, complete with a shopping mall, hotels and access to a stupefyingly huge Ferris wheel in a proposed 107-square mile holiday and pleasure complex is tasteless, ludicrous, completely mercenary in the thinking; and maybe a ‘Taj’ too far?

 

7 Responses to “To the memory of Mumtaz”

  1. Bogus concept, like the fake Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas.

    Except that Vegas is supposed to be bogus.

  2. An Australian billionaire announced last week that he wants to build a replica Titanic, down to the last engine bolt.
    If you have the money, why not spend it?
    It creates employment and wealth.

  3. If he wants to be really authentic, he should build it in Belfast.

  4. Let me guess … Dubai?

    Bingo.

    There’s nothing so ineffably tasteless as an Arab with cash.

  5. Bravo, Pete.

  6. I look forward to the day when oil is replaced by clean energy. Then the oil rich arabs will have to revert to goat-herding.

  7. “There’s nothing so ineffably tasteless as an Arab with cash.”

    As typified by an incident I witnessed back in the early ’60’s while browsing in that world famous store in Knightsbridge, much favoured by Sheiks, fresh out of the desert. A sheik complete with entourage, saw fit to relieve himself behind some rather opulent drapes on one of the sales floors.

    That no-one seemed particularly bothered was hardly surprising given the enormous sums they spent on their numerous shopping sprees.