MONUMENT is a conversation with Mughal Empress Mumtaz Mahal, which moves her legacy beyond the Taj Mahal.

MONUMENT upturns notions of love, monumentalisation, and empire by exploring buried facets of Mumtaz Mahal’s story. The collection layers linear time and geographical space to chart the continuing presence of historical legacies. It considers what alternate futures could have been possible. Who are we when we continue to make the same mistakes? Beyond distance, time, and boundaries, what do we still carry?


Manahil Bandukwala

Manahil Bandukwala is a writer and visual artist originally from Pakistan and now settled in Canada. In 2021, she was shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. She works as Coordinating Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine, and is Digital Content Editor for Canthius. She is a member of Ottawa-based collaborative writing group VII. Her project Reth aur Reghistan is a multidisciplinary exploration of folklore from Pakistan interpreted through poetry and sculpture. She holds an MA in English from the University of Waterloo. MONUMENT is her first book.
Chapter Contributors Pages Year Price
Includes the poems: / // /// //// ///// – Before, it was love.
3 $0.30
Includes the poems: Root – Wed – Petrify – Ask – Tilt – Wish – Rest – Envision – Linger.
13 $1.30
Includes the poems: 1622 – 1628 – 1631.
5 $0.50
Includes the poems: Pose – Monsoon – Flee – Restart – Retell – Converse – Flow – Burst – Circle – Untether.
13 $1.30
Includes the poems: Jahanara – Dara Shikoh – Roshanara – Aurangzeb – Gauharara.
13 $1.30
Includes the poem: Unravel
7 $0.70
Includes the poem: Last Words
11 $1.10
Includes the poems: She is – Manahil – Mumtaz.
5 $0.50