LAHORE: I and my family were on a journey along Ring Road when it began to rain and we made up our mind to go to the Ravi Bridge to have a view of rain. By the time we went across the Shahdara Bridge, the heavy downpour had turned into light drizzling and we decided to visit Jahahgir Tomb. The road leading to the tomb had almost disappeared under rainwater and only a few patches of its surface indicated that there was a road. The main gate of the tomb which still has a majestic look, suggest that it is not much away from becoming a ruin. There is a parking place beside the gate but it is just a piece of land bordered by a barbed wire. An iron board fixed in the ground beside the foot track inside the tomb compound provides bilingual information about the tomb and His Late Majesty buried therein. The inscription tells that the tomb ranks at No.2 after Taj Mahal among historical tombs and mausoleums of Indian Sub-Continent. This is what startles one when one visits the tomb and the truth of the statement comes under the shadow of doubt. On one side a universally acknowledged monument of love; an object of international heritage; and a fine specimen of the architectural talent of the Great Mughals, which is so well maintained by its custodian government that it still preserves the most of its original magnificence, while on the other side a crumbling, decaying, ignored and neglected old structure to which even the inhabitants of the city pay chance visits and that too after decades. The Taj attracts tourists and visitors from all over the world, thus earning foreign exchange in millions for India, whereas this second tomb in rank, attracts only the people of surrounding localities, who come there for picnic sake, when the weather is fine or the youth, attracted by its vast grounds and lawns which were once a part of 'Dilkusha, the personal garden of Queen Noorjehan. The Emperor breathed his last in Kashmir in 1627. His body was brought to Lahore and as desired by his beloved queen, he was laid to rest at Dilkusha, a Persian word meaning heart-soothing. The love of Jahangir and Noorjehan was no less than that of Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal and the history says that the widow queen spent the rest of her life in gloom and mourning. The tomb, therefore, is also a monument of love. The bereaved queen desired to be buried in another corner of the same garden leaving a will that she be laid for her eternal sleep in darkness and desolation. What a love Moreover, both the tombs were constructed on the orders of Emperor Shahjahan, the Jahangir Mausoleum preceding and the Taj following. The Taj certainly excels in magnificence and glory, but both are invaluable pieces of fine Persian art of stone-carving and inlaying of precious coloured stone pieces. It could be No.2 to Taj in magnificent construction skill, but we must consider earnestly if it is maintained or looked after as No.2 of the Taj. The answer to this question may be provided by the crumbling outer walls, broken tiles of the floor, decaying columns, de-shaped flowery stone work of the inner crest of the once majestic building and the columns repaired with common cement.