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The terrace- A mouthful of sky?

As the train hurtles past the interminable outskirts of Delhi, the geography falters and then fragments. Scale shrinks and life becomes a spray of composite humanity. Small plots, narrow houses, some without any plaster cladding, huddle together in animated proximity. People, shops, houses, rickshaws, cows, streets, garbage, electricity poles, and wires are a smudge of… Read more »

2017: Democracy’s ground zero?2017: Democracy’s ground zero?

2017 feels like a knock on the door in the dead of a dark night. There was no choice but to open the door, but one is filled with a sense of dread as to what exactly one has let in. Mornings and new beginnings are known to arouse hopefulness, but it is likely that… Read more »

The marketing of frugality?

Discussions about sustainability more often than not look upon consumption as the enemy. With good reason. The idea that the world has enough for our need but not for our greed is one that strikes a resonant chord amongst many of us. As the market economy grows and as many more countries begin their journeys… Read more »

The anecdote as proof?

There is only one subject of conversation in the country today and it is a subject on which everyone has very definite views. What the conversations that are happening around the subject of demonetisation reveal is interesting. There is some hard evidence that tells how things are panning out on the ground but we prefer… Read more »

The home in transition?

Architects treat walls with a distressing amount of disdain. To them walls are nothing more than reality clearing its throat, words written in pencil with an eraser in hand. Walls can be shifted, torn down, converted into glass dividers, so that space, light  and circulation, those abstracts idea that they owe their real allegiance to,… Read more »

Hungering for change?

It is clear that the Modi government’s move to demonetize the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes has caused great inconvenience to the Indian public. It also seems that in spite of this, demonetization is an extremely popular move, at least as of now. This is not easy to explain, for disruption of this kind,… Read more »