In India's institutional areas, you sometimes come across institutions which have been allotted land and have constructed buildings but then have forgotten their purpose ... and have been forgotten by all around them. They crumble away back into the jungle, which is always eager to reclaim what it has lost.
The is the book store - as in a warehouse not a shop - of the Sahitya Akademi in the Taramani district of Chennai. The Akademi is run by the Indian government's ministry of culture and specialises in making available books and translations in Indian languages.
Three years ago a newspaper reported that this building was in a parlous state. Since then it's gone from bad to worse. And through the broken windows, you can see huge piles of literature slowly, or perhaps not so slowly, mouldering away.
The doors are firmly padlocked and the store is without that standard accoutrement of even the most desolate of buildings, a chowkidar or watchman to keep the curious and ill-disposed at bay.
The only living creature nearby was this rather marvellous cow (or perhaps it's a bull, I didn't get too near) which - to judge by its pendant and gold-painted horns - is clearly somebody's pride and joy.
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