There are two ways to tell a story. The first is about writing several paragraphs or pages about an event or a series of them. You build up your characters, move them along nicely while keeping the pace of your story intact. And then ending it all up when the message you wanted to convey through your story is accomplished.
The second way is to take a picture and show it to the world!
The picture you see above is showing you a family sitting in front of The Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Seems like an ordinary picture of a family enjoying a great family time.
But as the saying goes: There is a story behind every picture, so it is much true for this one too.
The family you see above are the remaining decendents of the Mughal Empire, the ones who created that very Taj Mahal and ruled the Indian subcontinent for more than 300 years.
I saw this picture on Twitter few days ago and my mind didn’t stopped thinking about that family ever since.
The moment I saw it, I sensed an eerie bunch of emotions in those faces. They seem like feeling themselves as strangers, in the very land ruled by their forefathers.
Their forefathers are long gone now and so is the Mughal Empire. These descendants are now living as common people in the very land their forefathers ruled as Kings. Their forefathers built monuments across the subcontinent but these descendants may not have a home of their own.
Their forefathers weighed themselves in gold and silver, filled up their castles with riches of the world, commanded armies of millions, did whatever they thought about, achieved whatever pleased them.
But time never remains the same!
These descendants don’t enjoy the luxury their forefathers enjoyed for so long. Their life is even more harsh than the peasants of their forefathers.
I wonder what those little kids think about themselves. Do they feel comfortable in calling themselves as the remaining decendents of an empire which no longer exists? What’s goes through their little minds whenever they are unable to get what they really wish for? Do they want to grow up with the glorified memories of the past their forefathers enjoyed or do they just wish to erase everything related to their past?
So many questions I see on these faces but their answers aren’t around. The legacy of an empire, which was once world’s mightiest, these faces do tell a story unlike any other.
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