Friday, March 22, 2013

Do I really need to tell you....

....where this is?

This photo shows what most people think of when they hear "India".  The Taj Mahal was begun in 1630 by Emperor Shan Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife, who died giving birth to their 14th child.  He described the construction thus: 

Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator's glory.

This is the classic view, but better ones are had from across the river from the other side.  


 One creature alert, one texting, and one, well, just dog-tired.