Bulandshahr, Aug 20: The life of Faizul Hasan Quadri is surrounded around the mausoleum of his wife. He is building a mini Taj around it like emperor Shah Jahan did for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Faizul Hasan Qadri, a retired postmaster from Kaser Kalan village, was married to Tajamulli in 1953. When she died of throat cancer in 2011. Following this, Qadri sold his plot of land, his wife's jewellery to build the 'makbara'.
However, construction work is being harmed due to lack of finances. "Initially, I sold a piece of land for Rs 6 lakh and my wife's gold and silver jewellery for Rs 1.5 lakh and got the 'makbara' (mausoleum) constructed with the help of a local mason named Asgar.
A total of Rs 11 lakh was spent, but now I have to get marble studded on the monument and also to build a lush green park around it, both of which is likely to cost me another Rs 6-7 lakh," he said.
He further added,"Asgar prepared the dome and constructed the four 'minars' around the central building, which is a little more than 27-feet in height.
The structure is built on my own land and I have also tried to plant some trees around it and have a small water body at the back side of the building. However, work has mostly been held up due to finances as marble costs are high. A number of people have offered me money that I have refused to accept so far.
This is my personal endeavour for my late wife and embodies my love for her. So I should do this on my own."
The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh-Akhilesh Yadav too has called him to appreciate his efforts and help him finance, but Qadri refuses to meet him.
"I will go to meet him (Akhilesh Yadav) and will request him to get my village school recognized by the education board rather," he said.