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Indian Retiree Builds Mini 'Taj Mahal' in Wife's Memory

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Retired mailman Faizul Hassan Qadri, 79, walks out of the monument he is building for his late wife Tajammuli in Kaser Kalan, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

After Tajammuli died, Qadri sold her small pieces of jewelry and some family farmland, added everything he'd saved over the years and started building a mausoleum in her memory. Tajammuli lies inside the main building in a small tomb, but almost three years later the project remains unfinished.

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A portrait of Faizul Hasan Qadri and his late wife Tajammuli is placed on a shelf inside Qadri's house. The couple, who married as teenagers and were together for 58 years, never had any children.

One day, Tajammuli asked who would remember them once they were gone. "I will build a tomb that everybody will remember," he told her.

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Faizul Hasan Qadri pauses inside the tomb were he buried his late wife.

Qadri designed the building himself, clearly inspired by India's ancient monuments. But he laughed when villagers started calling it the Taj Mahal, after the mausoleum famously built by a Mughal king for his favorite wife.

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"Love is enough" reads the slogan on a withered old poster on the wall of Faizul Hassan Qadri's home.

Qadri doesn't have much money, and only hires workers when he can. People have offered to help him complete the mausoleum, but he says no. "It is a proof of love. I have to do it on my own," he says.

-- The Associated Press

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