Wednesday, January 25, 2012

OLD FARIDABAD : Glimpses



 A few days back,  Faridabad was in the news.  For all the right reasons. Reasons enough to make the heart of its citizens swell with pride.


A section Of Hindustan Times  Business carried the news: 'Faridabad houses India's richest zones'.  You can read more about  it here.


In one of my earlier posts Twin Boons, i had shared  about the changing quality of life in Faridabad since i last came here more than two decades ago.


The Mall culture has pervaded here.  Not surprising as Faridabad it now NCR.  Moreover, a whole new township, often referred to as Greater Faridabad has sprung up beyond the Agra Canal.  Top builders like BPTP, Omaxe, Piyush and others have built residentail accommodations ranging from a regular 2 BHK to  roof top Penthouses and luxury apartments with private Swimming pools.


And yet, jostling with Mall culture and International and national brands, exists  Old Faridabad , adjacent to Sector 28 and 29 which was the original city, much before HUDA built Sectors all over the city.


Over here, exists a maze of shops and homes intertwined quite like the by lanes of Chandni Chowk.  And just as in spite of rapid urbanization Chandni Chowk continues  to do brisk business, so does Old Faridabad.


While it is a normal thing to take pictures in a  Mall, no one ever takes pictures of Old Faridabad.  So when i went on my photo clicking trip i  encountered both amusement and skepticism.


One man said, " Madam, encroachment ki picture le rahe ho?".  I quickly  smiled and reassured him about not having to worry about my motives. For, along both sides of the main road, you'll find consumer products spilling  onto the road, combined with parked scooters and bicycles creating havoc for traffic.


I take you on a photo journey of Old Faridabad.........




The Hardware shop











The Paan shop


The mad rush of rickshaws carrying goods






The Halwai

Sabzi Mandi


Masjid inside Old Faridabad






And sure enough, ATMs have made their presence too......





With modernization creeping in, shops are being broken down to make Mini PLAZAs like this one: 



So, Old Faridabad is here to stay. It remains an integral part of the city which is leaping into modernity.

13 comments:

  1. A wonderful photo journey! While the modern look, amenities, malls are good and needed in a city, the old part of cities have their own charm, story and history, which is very fascinating!
    Thank you!! This post inspires me to do a post on Jaipur's old wall city!! :))

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    1. Yes indeed Shilpa. The old part of the cities have history imbedded like the vendors selling shakar kandi and ginger garlic :). Look forward to your post of Jaipur's old city!

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  2. I live in FBD too and I haven't seen Old Fbd so closely. Thanks to you :)

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    1. Hi Serendipity..... glad u liked it. It wud be nice to meet a fellow Blogger from Faridabad.If you are ok with that :)

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  3. Hi Aabha,

    You have given us an opportunity to experience the rich history of Faridabad and also the new modern, technological Faridabad with your post and your awesome pictures. Definitely, old is gold, like they say it, but we also can't help the technolgical advancements which people are running after. Not just Faridabad, whole India has changed so much along with the technology leaving behind its olden gold in the discovery of the new gold.

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    1. Hi Elvirah, welcome to my Blog.

      True, change is an integral par t of life and it'll happen in every sphere in every city. Yet, it is nice to pause once in a while and reflect on what we have left behind, or what seems to be slipping away into history :)

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  4. was trying to post comments on ur earlier posts but cudn't because of some technical reasons. may be it will work this time.

    been to faridabad a few times long back. so just loved these photographs. thanks for sharing.

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  5. Lovely journey through Faridabad with nice visuals!

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    1. Welcome to my Blog Rahul! Thanks for liking :)

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  6. hmm I have never been to faridabad..

    I think with changes we are losing some interesting parts of our society and area..

    Bikram's

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    1. Yes.... the shakar kandi vendor, the ginger garlic vendor etc will fade away with times....I just wanted to preserve the simplicity and old world charm of Old Market :)

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  7. this was a nice walk-through of a city i have never been to
    so many facets of the place captured

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  8. Welcome to my Blog Sujatha. Glad u liked it :)

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