Monthly Archives September 2010

So going off on my last post-thrashing Bollywood for capturing the youth in glossy and glamorous scenes-I thought I should perhaps redeem myself by commending those that have done the opposite. The commercial successes are one thing, but there’s a growing stream of offbeat movies in the Hindi cinema-some specifically youth centric. For those of you tired of the slightly…

Everything on the south side is about having it big. The cars, the clothes, the lifestyle, you name it, we have it. Of course there are the occasional exceptions to the rule--the oddballs--but its safe to say that the dominant culture is one of decadence; Whether it’s within one’s reach or not, here in B-town it’s what everyone wants. It’s also captured…

Ever wondered where our trash goes eventually? Well to be honest I never did much. Here in B-town people tend to consume & throw pretty mindlessly. Far away from our beloved hometown we like to brag about so much exists a world we like to remain oblivious to. It has even given rise to a new phenomenon called Poverty tourism.…

I love the Bombay trains. I don’t mean to romanticize them, but the stations are nothing short of colour, noise and hoards of people. They embody the spirit of our city—Mumbaikars, Bombayites, call it what you like these trains are what keep our city going. In South Bombay most people appreciate the sea link more-I’m still not sure why, because…

I am interested in further understanding what fuels our dualistic urban system. A lot of discourse is available on this topic, in Pieterse’s book on “City Futures.” To quote him, cities are “confronted with the challenge of repositioning themselves in the global arena creating productive platforms for mobile local and global capital” but tend to leave the more informal and…

In a city like Mumbai the glaring inequalities manifest themselves in our paradigm of urban development. As a South Mumbai resident, you can exit the high-flying Palladium to see families of 8 crouching under a roof-if you can even call it that. For some it's enraging, but I think most of us have passed that stage-it's only the tourists who…

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