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Old October 18th, 2010, 12:52 AM   #41
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So many breathtaking buildings, so many of them in such a bad shape. I wonder how much will survive long enough until the country can afford restoring or at least maintaining them again. Or could such a modern India show little interest in doing so even if it could afford so?
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Old October 18th, 2010, 01:38 AM   #42
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^ These towns are tucked away in remote parts of the country and the people living in the cities are oblivious of their existence.

Khetri, Rajasthan (Town at the foot of Bhopalgarh)
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Old October 18th, 2010, 10:53 PM   #43
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Bundi, Rajasthan
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Old October 18th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #44
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Kolhapur, Maharashtra

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Old October 18th, 2010, 11:36 PM   #45
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Shravanabelagola, Karnataka
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Old October 19th, 2010, 01:02 PM   #46
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Such a great, fascinating thread. Thanks a lot Marathaman!


I just hope some day India will manage to save the majority of its still vast heritage.
If you compare it to say China - it seems to me India could preserve a lot more. Is that true?
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Old October 19th, 2010, 02:11 PM   #47
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I don't know much about Chinese heritage but from the pictures that I've seen China seems to be doing a much better job of preserving whatever remains. In India they aren't even trying. They can't seem to make the new cities work properly, and they are slowly destroying what's left of the old ones as well.

The saddest part is that most well educated Indians have grown up in colonial-era cities believing that they don't have any noteworthy "native" urban heritage at all.
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This is a village, but what the hell...

Thondikulam, Kerala

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Attingal palace in Trivandrum, Kerala is falling to ruin:

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An amazing thread!
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I can't believe people shamelessly decided to paste posters on that palaces' columns!
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Crumbling palace at Bharatpur, Rajasthan


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Fatehpur, Rajasthan


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Deval fort, Rajasthan


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Old November 12th, 2010, 07:42 PM   #58
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Udupi, Karnataka


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Old November 15th, 2010, 01:47 PM   #59
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If they restored and saved all these old places India could one day be the new Europe in terms of tourism. Few regions in the world have so many palaces, mansions, villas, huge religious buildings, old towns and distinct local traditions still extant after the ravages of 20th century war and progress. Europe was also once filled with crumbling buildings and towns, and lost huge amounts of them - but enough managed to survive modernism to have become desirable again and financially lucrative. In respect the gorgeous old buildings and towns of Europe look very different to the realities of yesteryear, where they were in much worse shape. Today they've been restored to an inch of their life and look like they've always been bedecked with paint and flowers new stonework.

An amazing country - India shouldn't go down the road of China's endless modernism, and lucky it hasnt gone through so many turbulent wars that's wiped out so many historical buildings (to the point theyre rebuilding them). Especially as one day everywhere much round the world will look the same, with skyscrapers being a norm and every design being international.


The only thing left to define internationalised, globalised countries apart in the future will be the history, and the physical evidence of those different histories.

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case example, renewal in Europe:

before (ripe for demolition). Even in the old days these were dingy houses for the very poor, housing dozens of families and looking even worse (no paint, just bare brown brick).



after, 'restored' (read: added to) to become an old upscale neighbourhood, even for the old days:




^India should do this, it would be one of the richest architectural areas of the world.
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