The Gateway to Farrukhnagar by Anoop Negi

Farrukhnagar is a small town in the inner morbidity of Haryana. Well in the middle of nowhere, really.

It is a dusty town in the backyard of Delhi. Quaint would describe this place beautifully. Grunge, filth and decrepitude has taken over the walls and streets and no photograph canmake it look beautiful if it is not.

The township houses a few monuments of some vintage, none better than the Sheesh Mahal that belonged to the erstwhile Nawab whose fiefdom this was. There are no Nawabs anymore, the British Raj promptly got rid of the last one from Farrukhnagar on some convenient excuse of sabotage to hang him in Delhi. That was much before India was given its independence in 1947.

The Nawabs must have done a mighty fine job of the town and pictured here is the bastion and the gateway to the older part of the town. The bastion is crumbling as you can see with the plaster all but gone from the bottom girdle. The ever present advent of petty commerce at every nook and corner has taken its toll of the view and a tomato seller vies with an ugly water booth to obscure the gateway.

The situation is much the same inside the actual bastion with hawkers aggrandizing parts of it for their wares.

This town was important a long time ago. It was the centre of salt trade and famous for "sultanpur "salt which was extracted from saline wells. That also was shut down as Rajasthan open pan salt took over the entire North Indian plains.

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A picture per day. That was the challenge photographer Rémi Chapeaublanc (@remichapeaublanc) gave himself during his recent 57-day trip to Southeast Asia. “It’s like keeping a diary,” he says, noting that he would close out each day around 11 p.m. thinking about what the most important moment was, and then post it. “I loved it. It allowed me to take the time to think about my trip. I can now stream through my feed and see what I did or discovered on day 1, day 15, day 37…” Day 53’s moment was this “Buddha inside the tree,” which Rémi and his two travel companions saw in Thailand a week before they went home to Paris. “When you travel to new places, it’s easy to get caught up by the beauty of landscapes. So I kept aiming for narratives in my pictures,” he says. Photo by @remichapeaublanc

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