What Pegman saw – Shahi Qila

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Shahi Qila

I sought respite from the intense heat in the shade amongst the ruins of Shahi Qila.

I sat on a cool stone and after a while drifted off into an uneasy slumber.

I heard the rhythms of a tabla, the rising and falling notes of a sitar, and singing.

“Go to Burhanpur, and visit Bhulbhulaya, 

My Royal Palace, on the banks of the Tapti River.

Seek out my love. 

Prepare her a luxurious bath of warm soothing waters,

Scented with Khus, Saffron and Rose Petals,

In my Royal Hammam. 

When the evening sun turns orange and it’s fading rays throw fiery shadows on the painted ceiling, 

Light incense sticks and gather inspiration in the fragrance of their ethereal oils.

Then as she bathes, whisper my name,

So that at last, I can be reunited with the Empress Mumtaz Mahal Begum,

My chosen one, my true love.

In doing so, I will grant you fortune and everlasting happiness,

For as long as you shall live.”

I woke up with a smile and his name on my lips.

Emperor Shah Jahan.

What Pegman Saw is a fascinating weekly flash fiction challenge that takes as it’s prompt a ‘Pegman’ point on Google Maps.

Once again I culled my story from history. Fascinating insights.

24 comments

  1. k rawson · January 7, 2017

    Love this story-it’s a romantic treat!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · January 7, 2017

      Thanks. I did feel that fairytale ‘ambiance’ in the ruins 😉

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  2. J Hardy Carroll · January 7, 2017

    Excellent. I was also blown away by the historical import of this place. Amazingly inspiring.

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  3. Iain Kelly · January 7, 2017

    Great take Graham, I was caught up in the dream as much as your protagonist! Well done.

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 7, 2017

      Thanks for reading Iain!

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  4. DJ · January 7, 2017

    I loved reading this. Great work 👍

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 7, 2017

      Thanks for dropping by to read. It was a fun write.

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  5. DebraB · January 8, 2017

    Lovely, romantic take on this place!

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  6. Lynn Love · January 8, 2017

    Great stuff Graham, very romantic and with a mythic quality to it. They really had a powerful love, didn’t they? Despite him having several wives, he loved her best I think. I wrote about them too, though took a very different angle.
    Lovely story

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 8, 2017

      Thanks Lynn (rushes off to read yours!)

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  7. Sandra · January 8, 2017

    Beautifully done, the lyrical flow was almost hypnotic.

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 8, 2017

      Thanks Sandra. I think researching the Palace helped to bring my little story alive. It was very enjoyable to write

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  8. Alicia Jamtaas · January 8, 2017

    You really caught that feeling one gets when on the verge of sleep, more into it than not when sights and sounds worm their way into your mind. Beautiful.

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 8, 2017

      Thanks for reading Alicia and your comments

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  9. TraceyDelaplainMD.com · January 9, 2017

    I always make up, or hear, the stories in the ruins. I’m glad I’m not the only one.
    You have a typo “I doing so”

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 9, 2017

      Thanks Tracey. Brownie points for finding the typo!

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      • TraceyDelaplainMD.com · January 9, 2017

        Well I paid for it because Rochelle found three typos in my story. (Hangs her head in mock shame.)

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      • Graham Lawrence · January 9, 2017

        🙂

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  10. neelwritesblog · January 13, 2017

    Great take on the prompt Graham. Though mine took a different angle to the love or whatever it was.

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 13, 2017

      Thanks!

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 13, 2017

      I can’t seem to get your blog to display properly. I only get the first few lines and the display is strange …. pity

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