I come from a city called Jaunpur in India.
It has 44,50,000 inhabitants, but we still consider it a village.
Although the situation has improved drastically over the last 5 years, the basic infrastructure is still lacking. Very few people have access to electricity or running water. My family is something that the rest of the world would consider a middle-class family. We have a nice home (over 200 years old), we have internet, air conditioning, cars, etc. But in this part of the world we are one of the richest families.
Jaunpur was founded around 1360 under the rule of Firuz Shah Tughluq (reg.
1351-1388), sultan of Delhi.Already in the 11th century there was a city on this site, which was destroyed by a devastating flood of the Gomti. The name of the city derives from Jauna, one of the first names of Firuz Shah’s predecessor Muhammad bin Tughluq. In 1394, Jaunpur became the capital of the independent sultanateof the same name, which lasted until the conquest by the Lodi Sultans in 1479.During the independence period, the city developed into an important regional centre.
But that’s not the whole story.
Jaunpur is a city that has been multicultural for centuries.There are two major religions here: Islam and Hinduism. The market is hundreds of years old and there is a constant hustle and bustle there. You can buy sweets next to clothes and cars next to restaurants. There are bright lights everywhere, and the city center is always full. Although there seems to be no traffic laws in the city, fatal accidents are rare. I think that’s because everyone is moving too slowly to avoid serious accidents.
Most older people wear traditional clothing, be it Muslim or Hindu.Young people prefer “Western” clothing such as jeans and shirts. Most Hindu women are seen in a “Saari”, but very few would wear skirts.
Most of the citizens here are farmers, and agriculture is an important profession.
Of course, there are many shops, and recently a few larger shopping malls have opened. There are many schools and colleges, but the quality of education is generally low, despite the government’s best attempts.
It is difficult to put together an entire city of 4.5 million people in a few words, but overall I would say: it is a city where people give you their time, help and attention.
I don’t think I can live there again, but if you earn a few hundred euros every month, life in Jaunpur can be surprisingly easy.