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Commuting in Mumbai – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Commuting in Mumbai – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Culture, Environmental Policy, India, Policy

Giresh once drew for me on a piece of paper a diagram of the dance, the choreography of the commuter trains. The Bombay Central contingent stands in the centre of the train from Borivali to Churchgate. The people around them move clockwise around the BC contingent like this: first are the Jogeshwari batch, then Bandra, […]

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Housing in Mumbai – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Housing in Mumbai – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Humanism, India, Love, Parenting

For the vast majority of families in Bombay – seventy-three per cent, according to the 1990 census – home consists of only one room, for living, for sleeping, for cooking, for dining. The average is 4.7 persons to a room; Girish’s family exceeds this by 2.3 persons. The furniture of the room changes continuously, through […]

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After 50 years of Socialism… “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on After 50 years of Socialism… “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Ideology, India, Progressive Politics, Socialism

In the post-Marxist age, we can no longer believe that redistribution solves anything, that making the rich poorer will make the poor richer. It is the death not just of ideology but of ideas. Nothing in the national debate has nay strong conviction. On the right, a vague belief in foreign investment; on the left, […]

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Indian Population Density – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Indian Population Density – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · India

India is not an overpopulated country. Its population density is lower than that of many other countries that are not thought of as overpopulated. In 1999, Belgium had a population density of 333 people per square kilometre; the Netherlands, 385; India, under 304. It is the cities of India that are overpopulated. Singapore has a […]

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Bombay: The Acclimatisation Station for India – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Bombay: The Acclimatisation Station for India – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Culture, India, Multi-culturalism, Travel

The Gateway of India, a domed arch of yellow basalt surrounded by four turrets, was built in Bombay in 1927 to commemorate the arrival, sixteen years earlier, of the British King, George V; instead it marked his permanent exist. In 1947, the British left their Empire under this same arch, the last of their troops […]

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Asian Cities – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Asian Cities – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · 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 […]

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Eunuchs Discussing the Karma Sutra – “The White Tiger: A Novel” -by Aravind Adiga

January 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Eunuchs Discussing the Karma Sutra – “The White Tiger: A Novel” -by Aravind Adiga · Democracy, India, Politics, Quotes

Like eunuchs discussing the Kama Sutra, the voters discuss the elections in Laxmangarh.

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The Two Modern Castes – “The White Tiger: A Novel” -by Aravind Adiga

January 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Two Modern Castes – “The White Tiger: A Novel” -by Aravind Adiga · India

To sum up – in the old days there were one thousand castes and destinies in India. These days, there are just two castes: Men with Big Bellies, and Men with Small Bellies. And only two destinies: eat – or get eaten up.

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Why Are the Gods Re-elected? – “The White Tiger: A Novel” -by Aravind Adiga

January 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Why Are the Gods Re-elected? – “The White Tiger: A Novel” -by Aravind Adiga · Atheism, India, Politics, Religion

It’s true that all these gods seem to do awfully little work – much like our politicians – and yet keep winning reelection to their golden thrones in heaven, year after year.

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Plasma Markets – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin

January 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on Plasma Markets – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin · China, India, Policy, Science

HIV transmission among paid plasma donors were reported in Valencia, Spain and Pune, India. In the latter city, among commercial plasma donors, HIV prevalence was 0% in November 1987 but 78% seven months later, illustrating the exponential transmission of HIV through unhygienic plasma collection practices.6–11 These outbreaks, although tragic in their own right, were dwarfed […]

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