Thursday, October 20, 2011

The elephant memorial

What is that tower in the distance?" asks the guide, "Anyone know?"

We squint into the distance and make guesses.
A watch tower.
A minar.
A lighthouse.
A distance marker.

Then I remember the documentary I had seen about Akbar the Great and how he loved elephants.

The story goes that his favorite elephant was buried here, and that the outside of the tower was decorated with hundreds of elephant tusks. Now those tusks are either gone or replaced by stone replicas.

"You're the only one who has ever known the answer," says the guide.

Chalk that up to time well spent on documentaries.

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