There’s space for everyone on Mumbai’s footpaths, except pedestrians

(Originally published in FirstPost) Mumbai is a city of pedestrians. Still, there is no place to walk in this city. Footpaths are occupied by vendors, encroachments, and in some places, aren't functional. According to a national survey on urban walkability, it is harder to walk in Mumbai than in cities such as Delhi and Chandigarh.... Continue Reading →

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Why Mumbai Will Never Be Slum-Free

In my quest to find decent accommodation when I first moved to Mumbai a year ago, I burned the candle at both ends; made multiple real-estate broker friends, spent evenings traveling across the city, and wrote down future calculations in my daily diary. After a couple of failed deals, I finally landed a modest one... Continue Reading →

The Conscious Ignorance Of Mumbaikars

I vividly remember asserting repeatedly when I lived in Baroda for two years after attending college in Pune that I’m a big city girl, and not a small town girl. More than professional and personal satisfaction, what I sought was the security that comes with living in a big city. Ever since I was a child,... Continue Reading →

Who’s God in Godhra

An article I wrote three years back, marking 10 years of the riots in Godhra, Gujarat “By 10 am on the 28th February 2011, the Ahmedabad sky was lit up with flaring lights while dark clouds of smoke were billowing up in every corner. You could virtually tell Muslim ownership by the fire and arson,”... Continue Reading →

ज़िंदा हो तुम!

(One for the dark days) क्यों गुमसुम सा है ये आसमान, कुछ हज़ारो रंग बिखरे थे कल जहां. सपने जिस आँचल में थे सिमटे खुला छोड़ा किसने, किस्से पूछे? क्यों खो गए हो तुम? ख्वाबो से निकल कर ख्वाब सजाते थे तुम. तिनके भर उम्मीद लेकर, दिल से दिल की राह चुनते थे तुम. कुछ... Continue Reading →

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