NPR alumnus Bilal Qureshi sent these photos from his prolonged adventure in India. I’ll let him tell the backstory:
The Mahmudabad Palace in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, belongs to one of the erstwhile royal families of India. As the government determines the building’s future in a pending Supreme Court decision, its rooms sit abandoned and unused. Those rooms include a sprawling library filled with shelves of books in various stages of disrepair. The books date back centuries, from British colonial records to literary first editions, and Persian poetry collections to withering maps and lithographs of India before Independence.
That’s one haunting library time capsule.