– Charumati Haran Years ago when I was learning to drive, my driver told me, “If you can drive in Delhi, you can drive anywhere”. According to the Delhi Traffic Police website, Driving in Delhi has the following stats: Population – 1,70,84,235 Vehicles – 96,34,976 Road length – 33,198 km Area- 1,483 sq.km I’m sure… Continue reading The Roadways of Delhi both baffle and bewitch!
– Nidhi Batra, Sehreeti I have been on a little trip this weekend – a trip of ‘rights hoping’ . It began yesterday with hopping through three different perspectives claiming their rights – coincidently all at the same venue – oblivious of each other and how their truths were so different. Started with a close-knit… Continue reading Battle of the voices
By Nidhi Batra Whenever I have thought of a city – I thought of it as one large urban theatre, where every actor has a role and a place, a stage which has the latent characteristics of being democratic. But in my recent visit to the slums of Raipur ,that image of a city has… Continue reading The ‘Outsider’ – city within city
By – Dr. J.C. Batra You would have swayed in rhythm with poetry of Abida Parveen, without realizing that she is reciting Siraiki Kafi! One of the marker of a civilisation is the ‘language’ it produces. It is through this language that the civilisation continues, expressing itself in everyday activities, folk, culture, poetry and celebrations!!… Continue reading The legacy of ‘Siraiki’ – a language of harmony and peace
By Nidhi Batra – Sehreeti How many of us do really think of cities – as if it is of our own, as if it is something that we shape and how it really shapes us. Coming from the field of ‘urban’, it comes easy for me to root myself back into cities with every… Continue reading City Conscious
ruminating..Nidhi Batra You know how every foreign visitor to India is warned – ‘There are cows on the roads – in cities!’ and they come and are amazed to find cows strolling in our medians and traffic islands and empty plots. I have been thinking – why can’t we just accept this identity of ours… Continue reading Gau Raksha to Gau Planning
Originally posted on The Invisible Flâneuse:
Living in Amsterdam is as if I were living in more than one era. The city lives in both its past and its present. It has been living a double life for centuries. The city was built on marshland, on the sandy corner where the Amstel river flowed…