Issue 4

A Voluntary Prison

This Prose was inspired by an essay by Sam Jacob, entitled “Machines of Loving Grace”. Here the author talks about the endangered humanity in the human settlements because of the overtaking technological innovations. He calls this “The robotic menagere” that could be a not so futuristic view of our cities. Elaborating on a visualization of …

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Akalbodhan: Memoir of a festive city

“The spring breeze with its magic breath May well set your heart on fire And resurrect with in your breast Slumbering desires”. (The amatory conversation of young Bengali couple.) Sri Rabindranath Tagore “Those places where sadness and misery abound are favoured settings for stories of ghosts and apparitions. Calcutta has countless such stories hidden in …

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The Politics of Leisure

A city is a heterogeneous entity – it is a mix of people of all ages, genders, social and occupational backgrounds. A city like Mumbai is almost an amoeboid entity, constantly growing and multiplying and diversifying. Being one of the most urbanized cities in the country, the urban fabric of the city creates and regulates …

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Piecing it together again

My hands felt clammy, and my tears mingled with sweat, in the hot humid Mumbai air, as I clasped the pen in my hand, my palm shaking as I sketched out my signature on that god damned paper. The deed was done. He had gone and now, with the house my last connection with him …

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The Lonely City

Slow down, and you will observe the isolated souls under the illuminated blues of this city. A set of images; a result of lingering around the streets of Delhi before returning home. I observe the mundane isolation which sweeps past me like a distant breeze, under the neon-lit frantic-ness of urban life. I think public …

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Conquering the Streets

Flâneuse: French name. Feminine form of flâneur; the one who roams aimlessly, observing, through the city. According to Virginia Woolf in her essay: Street Haunting: A London Adventure (Woolf, 1930),   to escape is the greatest of pleasures.[1] There are few essays like this one that refer to the experiences of women in the city, to …

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Reviving Koliwada

The following project was part of Master thesis conducted at Manchester School of Architecture. The architecture in the Worli koliwada urban village changed as per the needs of the community. However, the change resulted into poor living conditions. The residents protested against the proposal of the government to redevelop and showed interest in developing the …

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