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Asian Cities – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Culture, India

Greater Bombay’s population, currently nineteen million, is bigger than that of 173 countries around the world. If it were a county by itself in 2004, it would rank fifty-four. Cities should be examined like countries. Each has a city culture, as countries posses a national culture. There is something peculiarly Bombaite about Bombayites and likewise about Delhiites or New Yorkers or Parisians – the way the women walk, what their young people like to do in the evenings, what their definitions of fun and horror are. The growth of the Megacity is an Asian phenomenon: Asia has eleven of the world’s fifteen biggest. Why do Asians like to live in cities? Maybe we like people more.

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