Humayun and Babur, best friends and guards in Hindustani ruler Shah Jahan’s Imperial Army, watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal — an event that shakes their respective worlds. Humayun, sternly loyal second generation civil servant, is content to follow orders, even when the Emperor, determined that nothing more beautiful than the Taj Mahal should ever be built again, has the guards carry out an unthinkably horrible task. But sensitive Babur, an imaginative inventor, can only come to terms with the destruction of beauty if he exacts his own powerful vengeance. In the aftermath, both men are forced to question the concepts of beauty and power, duty and resistance, and friendship and love, as their relationship is tested and irrevocably changed by the choices they made on that one fateful night.
Graphic design by Nibha Akireddy.