Taj Mehal At Sands Pit!

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No, i have never seen the famous Taj in all its actual glory, but i did see a vision of it recently on Sands Pit Beach here in Karachi. I could not bear leaving this behind for the waves so i tried to preserve it through my camera. Hats off to the unknown creator, whoever they are. I do not think even the actul Taj Mehal has this lovely a backdrop!!

“Nazre takhleeq se dekh tu ye ret bhi Taj ban jati hay”

15 Comments so far

  1. Udayan Tripathi (udayan) on April 7th, 2008 @ 4:23 am

    It’s pretty, but why is the main building sunken?


  2. mughniraza on April 7th, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

    Great creation by great hands. Our plague society lacks creative hands so your attempt is well received and appreciated.

    For Taj Mahal’s Breakground

    EK SHAHNSHA NAE APNI DOULAT KA SAHARA LAE KAR
    HUM GHARIBOUN KI MOHAABAT KA URAYA HAI MAZAK

    Poet: Sahir Lodhyanwi

    Instead off looking for dark side of the picture please look at the bright side people!! Why building is sunken? Childish question!!


  3. barristerakc on April 7th, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

    It reminds me of old times; ‘mitti ka mahal’ as it stands!

    Why not plan a Metroblog picnic?

    Cheers!


  4. Nadir (nadir) on April 7th, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

    @mughniraza:

    Your society does not lack creativity… In fact I believe that our society is "THE" most creative one… at least we are not cheaters. We are not re-doing classic songs with all the dancing. Our dramas does not re-play 1 scene form four directions with stupid music playing in the background (unless its a mix production). Our music is pure creation and it is good.

    Look at the Pakistani designers, look at their products… talent is everywhere in Pakistan… But I have to mold your argument into something like… "talent is every where, but its not put to or promoted in the right manner (well mostly not totally).


  5. kabirdas on April 7th, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

    Ref: Udayan Tripathi (udayan) April 7th, 2008 4:23 am
    "It’s pretty, but why is the main building sunken?"

    You have asked a very pertinent question. I can’t think of an answer for this. And note it is sunken whereas it would have been much easier to build it at ground level. Come on guys! Let us see you find a sitable answer to this question.

    Ref: mughniraza April 7th, 2008 12:08 pm

    Sir, your calling a perfectly legitimate question as a childish question has really disappointed me. May be you found it childish because its answer is obvious to you. OK suppose we are dumbs; then be so kind to let us know the answer to this ‘childish’ question.
    Today after seeing your comments I really feel like real Kabir Das who seeing such things use to end his couplets with his famous line:

    " Yay dakh Kabira roya".


  6. mughniraza on April 7th, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

    Nadir … you might want to read my comments again

    Creativity is not limited to only Arts (Writing, Poetry, Production etc.) creativity is required in every aspect of having a society such as morals, manners, etiquettes, structures, buildings, machinery, economics, government, administrations, services, education and list goes on. Therefore building/creating of anything should be appreciated and also on the same account acknowledging of that creation should be appreciated as well. And that’s what I did whole-heartedly in my previous comments. Additionally the appreciation should be based without Ifs and buts like in Urdu AGAR, MAGAR.

    As for you kakabirdas , I called it a childish question not a stupid question. There is a difference between those two and I know that very well obliviously you don’t otherwise you would not be ranting.

    Hopefully, I satisfy your confusions because I am not interested in subject-less and object-less argument here.


  7. mughniraza on April 7th, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

    Instead off looking for dark side of the picture please look at the bright side people!!

    Be optimistic instead of pessimistic a key component of a healthy society.

    Change the “half-empty” glass mentality.


  8. shoaib on April 7th, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

    By the way Faisal, how do you know that it is Taj Mahal. I have personally seen Taj Mahal and this doesn’t like to me Taj Mahal. It can be some other building like Bashhahi Masjid. By the way all the old structues of old times were almost the same. Just change of colour and white becomes Taj Mahal and red becomes Badshahi Masjid. Any way good post Faisal and keep up bring this lively things on the blog.


  9. barristerakc on April 7th, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

    folks, lets call it
    ‘Mitti ka Mahal’ shall we?
    ‘Sand Palace’?


  10. Faisal.K (faisalk) on April 7th, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

    First of all, thank you for all the feedback!! i really appreciate how people are responding to my posts here.

    For Doubters
    http://www.gtrn.net/wildlife-tours-india/gifs/taj-mahal.jpg
    it is indeed an attempt at making a sand version fo the Taj, the Badshahi Masjid as pointed out.. does not have those four columns which in real are four minarets.

    Secondly, my theory on the sunken building is that the artist (and its not me) wanted to create the water reservoir in front of the actual taj, made possible by waves coming in with the tide and filling the sunken area?

    the very reason for posting this is up in the tags "why Karachi Rocks"
    Karachi is a city full of awe inspiring talent, artists and creative people in every genre of every field. Most of them never get a chance to display their talents…


  11. kabirdas on April 7th, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

    Ref: mughniraza April 7th, 2008 4:06 pm

    First a few words about your lecture in praise of creativity. I agree with some of the things that you said like creativity is not limited to Arts only. But who said it is so ? Did Nadir really say so ? If he did then he was wrong. However, in your lecture you failed to explain to us lesser mortals what really ‘creativity’ is. If you had done so, preferably, at the start of your lecture we would have understood your lecture better. I don’t think creating something without artistic or intellectual inventiveness would fall under the purview of creativity.
    However this little structure in sand may be said to reflect on the creativity of its builder.

    Now I come to your remarks specifically addressd to me which read as follows:
    "As for you kakabirdas , I called it a childish question not a stupid question. There is a difference between those two and I know that very well obliviously you don’t otherwise you would not be ranting.
    Hopefully, I satisfy your confusions because I am not interested in subject-less and object-less argument here."

    Sir, please do not bother to explain the difference between a stupid question and a childish question. I will figure it out. I am glad to know that here you are not interested in ‘subject-less’ and ‘object-less’ arguments. Neither am I!
    However, the fact of the matter is that I am still confused and curious to know what made the builder of this cute little structure to build it in a pit instead of building it at ground level? Will you kindly answer this question without beating about the bush. If you don’t know the possible reason for this just say so. I admit I don’t know the answer to this question. But I also do not shrugg it off as being a stupid or childish question.

    Ref: barristerakc April 7th, 2008 4:51 pm

    Excellent suggestions. I would say a combination of your suggestions will be the best name for it. Call it ‘Sand Mahal’. It has many conotations that is the beauty of it.


  12. shoaib on April 7th, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

    I like our Karachi Metblogs. Sometimes its just like moving in the paradox and you dont know the way out. We jumps away from the topic, many times, if not always. But i like this. Taj Mahal has finally been able to become SAND MAHAL, thanks it has not become sheesh mahal. I like this way also. Please dont move the topic further to sheesah mahal and keep discussing the creativity of Karachitees. Cheers


  13. kabirdas on April 7th, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

    So SAND MAHAL it is.
    I have no doubt about the creativity of Karachites particularly at breaking law or going round it without breaking it. Anyway, let us leave this subject for discussion some other time.
    Right now we have yet to figure out the reason for the construction of SAND MAHAL in a pit. This requires a little bit of thinking. The ability to think correctly is as important and as rare a trait as creativity. Though ‘mughniraza’ may not agree with me on this. He may still call ‘curiosity’ and ‘thinking’ as childish activities.


  14. kabirdas on April 7th, 2008 @ 8:40 pm

    Ref: Faisal.K (faisalk) April 7th, 2008 6:16 pm
    "Secondly, my theory on the sunken building is that the artist (and its not me) wanted to create the water reservoir in front of the actual taj, made possible by waves coming in with the tide and filling the sunken area?"

    Good try, Faisal. Unfortunately your theory has a big hole in it. Taj Mahal has a shallow water reservior in front of it. Sand Mahal has a deep pit all around it. The two things can’t be said to be related by any stretch of imagination.
    The artist must have had something else in his mind ? May be something very profound which we are unable to figure out.


  15. Faisal.K (faisalk) on April 8th, 2008 @ 12:38 am

    well to add to the mystery ill throw in some more details.. to the right of the Taj was a grave..built by the same artist, with a hand on top of it and a turtle next to it.. the hand pointed to the Taj.
    Everyone can see the turtle..its at the corner

    now make sense of it lol



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